The 5 Basic Rules Of Pickleball: Get Ready To Show Off Your Skills!

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The Basics of Pickleball

Pickleball is an increasingly popular game enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s easy to learn and can provide a great source of exercise, competition, and fun. But where do you start? Knowing the basics and rules will help get you on your way to playing pickleball like a pro!

Rule #1: The Court

A pickleball court is smaller than a tennis court, measuring 22 x 44 feet for doubles play or 20 x 44 feet for singles. The net should be 36 inches high in the middle and drop down to 34 inches at each end. Serving must be done diagonally; meaning that if Player 1 serves from the right side box they must also serve into their opponent’s right side box when it’s their turn again.

Rule #2: Scoring

Points are scored when players make mistakes or fail to return shots across the net with accuracy and control. A team only scores points when serving – not when returning the ball back over the net after receiving service (this is known as volleying). In order to score a point, teams must win two consecutive rallies (volleys) out of three attempts; otherwise known as winning by 2 games in pickleball scoring terms.

Rule #3: Service & Receiving

Service starts from behind either baseline while standing within one’s own service area- which is determined by an imaginary line drawn from sideline-to-sideline directly below both respective nets, creating four squares total (two per player). As long as contact with both lines has been made before releasing the ball during service, it will count regardless if there was any interference with other players or equipment nearby upon impact. When receiving service on your opponent’s first attempt at scoring a point; you have 3 chances total between yourself + partner(s) combined – otherwise known as “side outs”.

Rule #4: Types Of Shots

There are four main types of shots used during gameplay including dinking/hitting low & hard groundstrokes which require more spin + power respectively while dropshots need precision aiming but less strength overall due its shorter distance traveled across court surfaces itself compared against other techniques mentioned earlier here today.. Lastly lobbing provides great height above opponents heads so keep this technique handy especially once momentum shifts quickly away from oneself throughout duration matches!

Rule#5: Faults & Penalties

If any part of the body touches the net posts or cords, a fault should be called immediately, and no coaching is allowed either before or during active sets. This disrupts the flow of gameplay and throws off concentration levels too much. Penalty strokes may occur if incorrect calls are made, resulting in favoring one particular party rather than maintaining a fairness standard throughout matches played accordingly.


In conclusion, knowing these 5 basic rules before playing pickleball can help ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience! From understanding how different shots are used to properly calling faults – mastering these fundamentals will make all participants better players in no time!