Rules & Playing Tip News

Rule Review: What’s the Limit?

Webmaster (Jim Zeeb) : July 31, 2016 9:43 pm : Rules & Tips

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? Answers: 

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Rule Review: Serving Zone

Webmaster (Jim Zeeb) : July 31, 2016 9:30 pm : Rules & Tips

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 across the baseline with your follow through after the ball is hit.

Playing Tip: The Third Shot Matters

What does it mean when people say they want to practice the 3rd shot? Why is it important?

Most points in pickleball are won at the kitchen/non-volley line. That means the serve and return of serve are just introductory shots leading up to the important play. Whichever team gets to and controls the front part of the court first usually wins.
The receiving team already has an advantage because 1 of the 2 players, that’s 50% of the team, is already standing at the kitchen line. As soon as he returns the serve, the receiver can join his partner up front. Meanwhile, the serving team must stay back at their baseline until the return of serve bounces.

The best strategy to take that advantage away from your opponents is for the serving team to place that third shot softly into the kitchen. A short, soft shot means your opponent will have to take the ball on the bounce. That takes away his chances of slamming it into your court and keeping you back at the baseline. The short shot buys you time to move forward and get in position for the volleying to come.

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Rule Review: When does Out mean Out

Webmaster (Jim Zeeb) : June 16, 2016 7:22 pm : Rules & Tips

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 yells “out” until the ball actually lands.

Playing Tip: Controlling the Kitchen

When your team is at the kitchen line, you are in the offensive position. You control the game. So, what can you do to prevent the other team from getting to or staying at the kitchen line? You have to place your return of serve to the back of their court. A high return takes longer to land than a passing shot, so that’s even better. Hit at the feet of opponents who are approaching but not yet at the kitchen line. And once they get positioned at the line, you can try the lob shot. It’s risky and it is difficult to execute, but when done well it is very hard to return effectively and it usually gets both opponents out of position.

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