How To Play Pickleball: A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners

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What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is an exciting sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s a fast-paced game that can be played either indoors or outdoors – making it perfect for summertime fun! The ball used in pickleball is similar to a wiffle ball and the paddles are smaller than tennis rackets. This makes it easier for beginners to get into the game without worrying about hitting too hard or having to learn how to handle larger equipment.

Rules of the Game

The basic rules of pickleball are simple: each side serves over the net alternatingly until one team scores 11 points (win by two) or 21 points (win by one). Points can be earned when your opponent fails to return your shot, returns it out of bounds, hits their paddle below waist height or outside their court boundaries. Players must stand behind their baseline during play and switch sides at the end of every five points scored.

Strategy & Scoring

A successful pickleball strategy involves both offensive and defensive play. Offensive players should focus on accurate placement while defensive players will want to move quickly in order to return shots more easily. Advanced players may also utilize lobs, drop shots, dinks, and other technique-based shots in order to increase score chances. To score points successfully, players must hit their shots within designated court areas after they have been served by their opponents – if not then no point will be awarded regardless if they were able to return the shot back across the net or not.


Pickleball is a great way for people from all skill levels to compete with friends and family! With its easy setup process combined with its simple yet intriguing gameplay mechanics this sport has become increasingly popular throughout many households around North America as well as abroad! So grab yourself some paddles, round up some friends – grab a few balls – head out onto your nearest courtside area… And let’s start playing some Pickleball today!