Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on January 29, 2012: It is a great game! The family-friendly game is enjoyed by people of all ages. Similar to tennis, the following moves are faults in the game of pickleball, which cause a loss of a point: All you need to play pickleball is a couple of paddles, a whiffle ball, and a net.

Marie Gail Stratford from Kansas City, MO on January 26, 2012: Sounds like oodles of fun! But there are a few well known varieties that most people seem to follow and that’s what I’m going to talk about here.

Find out which items you will need and which ones are prohibited. The main reason for the no-volley zone is to take away opportunities for smash volleys or drop shots, making the game more reliant on careful placement of shots. With the WTI and writing this hub, I am personally inspired to find a place to play pickleball this spring. I played badminton and table tennis growing up, and play tennis now. My son who played high school tennis wants to give it a try. A lot of great tennis players have come and gone over the years. Points are scored only by the serving team. Can anyone help?

Do whatever it takes to avoid being hit by the pickleball, duck, pivot, leap or swivel. Let me know if you find pickleball courts in Sacramento. It is not sanctioned for tournaments, so there are no official cutthroat rules. (Example: Write a 1 or 2 on the back of the score sheet.). Learn how to balance appropriate attire with comfort for the perfect spectator outfit. Annette Smith from Ocala, Florida on February 05, 2012: Great hub, Steph! I would bet that you do. After watching the video it looks like it would be loads of fun to play. You did an excellent job of explaining how to play, the rules, and equipment needed! In singles the server serves from the right/even court when his or her score is even and from the left/odd when the score is odd. If the ball hit the net and goes into the service box it is a let and the server maintains the serve. Players can face off as singles or doubles, just as in traditional tennis.

After the ball has bounced once on each side the ball can be hit without bouncing as long as you arent in the no-volley zone 7 feet from the net.

I am not surprised that you haven't of pickleball! As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve. Reading it brought back some fun memories. USA Pickleball Association

Um thanks I was very confused about the sort and now I know to take it very seriously and it is nothing to joke about, I need some good shoes to play this, so I'm hoping my dad buys those for me....... ;(. Pickleball is a paddle sport outdoor game that involves teams volleying a pickleball in a strategic fashion to score points.

First, check the USAPA list, and then search local directories for your hometown to see if there is a pickleball league in your area. A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side out. I found one at Diamond Head Tennis Center, and am now part of a 12-15 player group on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and growing. *At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team. There are some definite similarities between pickleball and raquetball, though. When the ball is returned to the serving side the ball must again bounce once before being hit. Thank you!

The game is played on a 20-foot-by-44 foot court. Great social mixer! Cliff Mendrez from Philippines on January 25, 2012: Awesome hub, steph!

Looking forward to playing again in the morning if I can move. It can appear daunting to the newcomer, so here is a simple guide to the game. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS OF USE, International Federation of Pickleball (IFP), Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common, The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles. Although pickleball is played on a court, the rules of the game more closely resemble table tennis or badminton than traditional tennis. The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.

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