Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is played with a paddle and a perforated plastic ball, similar to a wiffle ball. The game is typically played on a rectangular court divided by a net.
Here are some key aspects of pickleball:
Court: Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court. The court is 20 feet wide and 44 feet long for doubles and 20 feet by 22 feet for singles. The court is divided into left and right service areas, and a no-volley zone (also known as the kitchen) is located close to the net to prevent players from executing smashes or volleys too close to the net.
Paddle: Pickleball paddles are solid, flat, and usually made of wood or composite materials. They are larger than table tennis paddles but smaller than tennis racquets.
Ball: The pickleball is similar to a whiffle ball, with round holes. It is made of plastic and comes in various colors.
Scoring: Pickleball can be played in singles or doubles. The scoring system is similar to tennis, with points being scored only by the serving team. Games are usually played to 11 points, and a team must win by at least two points.
Serve: The ball must be served underhand and from below the waist. The serve is made diagonally across the court and must land in the opposing diagonal service court.
Volleying: Players are not allowed to volley (hit the ball in the air without letting it bounce) while standing in the no-volley zone. This helps prevent players from dominating the net and encourages strategic play.
Faults: Common faults in pickleball include stepping into the no-volley zone while hitting the ball, not allowing the ball to bounce before returning a serve (if it’s served from behind the baseline), and hitting the ball out of bounds.
Pickleball has gained popularity, especially among older adults, due to its relatively low impact on the body compared to some other racquet sports. It’s a social and fun game that can be played at various skill levels.