Mastering the Rules of Pickleball: A Beginner’s Guide

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Welcome to the fascinating world of pickleball! As a multi-sport sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball has captivated the hearts of many. This blog post serves as a beginner’s guide to understanding and mastering the rules of this exciting game.

The Equipment

Pickleball is a paddle sport that requires very minimal equipment. The players use solid paddles, generally made from wood or composite materials, to hit a lightweight, perforated plastic ball. The net, similar to a tennis net, stands at a height of 36 inches on the ends and 34 inches in the middle.

The Court

A pickleball court shares the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court, measuring 20 feet by 44 feet. The court houses several lines, including baseline, non-volley line (known as the “kitchen”), centerline, and sidelines. The non-volley zone, spanning 7 feet from the net on both sides, is an area where volley shots are not allowed.

The Serve

The server initiates the game by serving diagonally from behind the baseline on the right-hand side of the court. The serve should land within the boundaries of the opponent’s diagonal service court. Unlike tennis, the serve in pickleball must be underhand, and the paddle should contact the ball below the server’s waist.


Pickleball uses a unique scoring system. A team can only score points when they are serving. The game typically goes up to 11 points, but the winning team must win by a margin of at least two points. The score comprises three numbers, representing the serving team’s score, the receiving team’s score, and the server number (1 or 2 for doubles play).

The Double Bounce Rule

A distinctive rule in pickleball is the double bounce rule. This rule mandates that the ball must bounce once on each side before players can take volleys (hitting the ball before it bounces). This rule applies to the serve and the return of serve5.

The Non-Volley Zone or “Kitchen”

The non-volley zone, colloquially known as the kitchen, is a 7-foot zone on both sides of the net. Players cannot volley the ball while standing in this area. However, they may enter the kitchen to play a ball that has bounced within it6.

Now that we have shared some insights about pickleball, it is your turn to try it out! West Monroe Sports & Events offers excellent facilities for you to enjoy this wonderful sport. We eagerly await your visit.