Discover the joy of pickleball, a dill-lightful sport that's capturing hearts everywhere! Whether you're a sports enthusiast or simply looking for a fun way to stay active, pickleball offers the perfect blend of excitement and accessibility. Picture this: a game that combines the tangy thrill of tennis, the speedy zing of badminton, and the bouncing bop of ping pong. It's a recipe for a unique and engaging experience that will make you relish every moment, no matter your age or sports prowess!
At the Y, pickleball is played in the gym and on tennis courts where available. With its smaller court size, lightweight paddles, and slower-paced play, pickleball provides a welcoming environment to learn, socialize, and have a great time with friends and family. Don't get yourself into a pickle by missing out on this fantastic journey filled with laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments on the court.
Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common. The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles
The serve must be made underhand. Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist or via a dropserve.
The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court. Serves that land in are played as normal serves.
Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault (except for the first service of each new game).
The first serve of each side-out is made from the right-hand court. If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left-hand court.
When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court.
Once the service goes to the opposition at side-out, the first serve is from the right-hand court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
Points are scored only by the serving team. Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
The double bounce rule eliminates the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.
The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net (aka the kitchen).
Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone.
It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone, including the associated lines.
A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
A ball contacting any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.”
A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault.