Playing Tip: For All You Big Swingers

Some sports rely on big backswings for returning shots. In pickleball, this isn’t so. For one thing, the court is short so the ball doesn’t have to go very far. Secondly, the pace of volleys is fast so there really isn’t time to take a backswing. Good players learn to punch the ball. You punch a volley shot by ... More

Court Etiquette & The Rules

From Kathy Thomas, USAPA Co-District Ambassador: No player should question an opponent’s line calls unless asked. (Rule 6.D.5). If your opponent asks you to make a call, they must accept your call. (Rule 6.D.5).  Likewise, a player should not question the legality of an opponent’s serve or service-line foot ... More

Playing Tip: Hit In-Between, Split the Team

Here are three good reasons to place your shots in the center of your opponents’ court. The net is 2 inches shorter in the middle than at the posts (34 inches rather than 36 inches.) That gives you a two-inch advantage getting your ball over the net. It is more difficult for your opponents to hit a sharp angled ... More

Playing Tip: Silent Partners are for Business

Silent partners may be good in business, and sometimes in marriage, but they do not make good pickleball partners. Communication between partners helps avoid unforced errors that come when you expect something from your partner and he doesn’t do it. The best partners move as a single force: together at the baseline, ... More

Playing Tip: Duck or Cover

When you are at the kitchen line and your opponent hits a lob over your head, how do you respond? If you see your partner by your side at the kitchen line, one of you may choose to make a run for it. Never back pedal. Side step to the baseline, or make a U-turn and move to the back, perhaps in time to attempt a blind ... More

Rule Review: The Net Rules

A player, the player’s paddle, or anything the player is wearing cannot touch the net or the net post at any time when a ball is in play. Playing Tip: Jeepers Creepers When your team is serving you should stay back at the baseline until the opponent’s return of serve bounces. Some of us, me included, have a tendency ... More

Rule Review: Oops, that’s okay!

The people who wrote the rules were pretty understanding. If the ball hits any part of your paddle hand below the wrist while you are serving or returning a shot, that’s ok. It’s still good. If the ball skips or double hits your paddle while you are serving or returning a shot, that’s also ok as long as it ... More

Rule Review: What’s the Limit?

1. How many times can you serve a let ball and get another chance to serve? 2. How high can the score go in a pickleball game? 3. How many toes can cross the kitchen line before it is a fault? 4. How high is a pickleball net in the middle, ends? 5. How many people can play pickleball at once on a tennis court? ... More

Rule Review: Serving Zone

When you are serving you must stand behind the baseline and between an imaginary extension of the side line and the center line on your court. You are not allowed to be outside of this zone when you connect with the ball. Both feet must stay behind the baseline until the ball leaves your paddle, although it is ok to move ... More

Rule Review: When does Out mean Out

A ball is not out until it touches the court outside of the boundary lines. Any call made by any player before the ball touches the ground is not a valid call. A premature call is considered player communication and can be helpful to alert your partner to let it go. But no player should stop playing just because someone ... More