Pickleball Is One The Fastest Growing Sports In North America
Tips and Rules For Pickleball Players
Pickleball may be one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Pickleball is a game that brings together the elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.
Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s. It was orginally intended as a children’s backyard pastime. However, it has became popular and fun game among adults. In Tucson Arizona it is a popular sport for the residents at most active adult communities.
Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. Hence it is a great way to get acquainted and have some fun. Note – The game of Pickleball is also found spelled as Pickle-ball and Pickle Ball. Same game different spelling.
Pickleball is played on a 20 foot by 44 foot court. About the same size as a badminton court. The ball resembles a “wiffle ball”. Plastic and about 4 inches in diameter with holes.
The ball is served diagonally. The first serve is to the right-hand service-square. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.
Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed. Rules also set a 7 foot no-volley zone on each side of the net. This is to prevent “spiking.” Serves should always be done underhand with the paddle below the waist, and the server must keep one foot behind the back line when serving. The ball should be hit into the air without being bounced.
The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults.
Points are scored by the serving side. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played as either singles or doubles.
Players must play their first shot off of the bounce. Therefore the receiving team must let the ball bounce and the serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before playing it.
Once these two bounces have occurred, the ball can either be volleyed or played off the bounce.
A fault in Pickleball is committed when the ball:
– Is hit out of bounds
– Does not clear the net
– Is volleyed from the non-volley zone
– Is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side
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