BASIC RULES OF THE GAME
Pickleball can be played as a singles or doubles match. However, a doubles match is typically more common than a singles match. You first begin with a serve that must be made underhand and contact with the paddle while serving must be below the waist level. Additionally, the serve must be initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline and served diagonally.
Everyone playing a pickleball match will have the opportunity to serve. The very first serve for each team is made from the right-hand side of the court. Once a point has been scored, the server switches to the left-hand side of the court. As points are scored, the server continuously switches sides until a fault is committed. Once, the server's team commits a fault in a doubles match, the serve is then given to the first server's partner and not the opposing team. Once a fault is committed again, then the ball is given to the opposing team.
Whether you are playing a singles or doubles match, points can only be scored by the serving team. At The Courts, we value good sportsmanship and healthy competition. So, although pickleball is a fun sport, we also want to try to win the game and improve skill level! In order to win the game, your team must win by two points. And, depending on the rules set forth by the game, you can play up to 11, 15 or 21 points.
If you would like to know more information about the rules of pickleball, contact one of our friendly team members at The Courts
. We would be happy to help answer any questions you may have about pickleball.