Pickleball was created in the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The game was developed as a children's backyard pastime, but has become popular among adults as well. Since the mid 70's Pickleball has expanded from a children's game to a court game with formalized rules and is played in thousands of schools, parks, recreation centers, and fitness center. Some sources claim that the name "Pickleball" came from that of the family dog named "Pickles".
The serve must be made underhand.
The paddle must make contact with the ball below the server's waist.
Both feet must be behind the baseline.
The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must within the boundaries of the court.
ONLY one serve attempt is allowed, excerpt in the event of a "LET".
Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault, except for the first server at the start of a new game.
The First Serve of each side-out is made from the right-hand side of the court.
If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server will serve from the left-hand side of the court.
When the server loses the serve, the partner will then serve from the correct side of the court. Even from the right-side of the court and Odd form the left-side of the court.
At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting.
Points are scored only by the serving team.
Games are normally played to 11 points. Teams must win by 2 points.
Tournament games may be played to 15 or 21 and teams must win by 2 points.
When the serving team's score is an even number (0,2,4,6,8) the player will serve from the right-side of the court. If the number is an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) the server will serve from the left-side of the court.
DOUBLE-BOUNCE RULE - When the ball is served, the receiving team must let the ball bounce before returning the serve. The team returning the serve must also allow the ball to bounce before returning the ball.
After the ball has bounced once in each team's court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit it before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
NON-VOLLEY ZONE - Volleying the ball is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing a smash form a position within the zone. The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as the "KITCHEN".
Line Calls - A ball contacting any line is considered "IN".
Types of Shots
Spike - hit hard and downward into the opponents side of the court.
Drive - hit directly at the opponent and is parallel to the ground.
Clear - hit high to the back of the opponent's side of the court.
Drop - hit soft with control to open space on the opponent's side of the court. The shot can be hit from anywhere on the court.
Dink - hit soft just over the net. The shot is usually hit from close to the net after the opposing teams hits a ball that just clears the net landing in the "Non Volley Zone".