Others claim both accounts may actually be true. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. However, a year or two after the game was invented, the Pritchards purchased a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, an official name was needed and “pickleball” was it.
Server.... Serving team on the very first serve to start the game only serves once. 0-0 2nd serve. Two serves thereafter (one serve per player).
a. When serving the paddle has to be below your waist, and foot behind the baseline.
b. When ball is hit by receiver, serving team has to let the ball bounce once.
Kitchen (7ft Non-Volley Zone (NVZ)).... Cannot volley the ball while inside kitchen unless ball bounces inside kitchen first. Then you have to step out of kitchen before you can volley (hit without ball touching ground) again.
Simple Rules, Simple Game, Great Fun!
Win or lose, HAVE FUN!!!
A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts. – Read complete details on the court dimensions
When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however, today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials, including aluminum and graphite. Players will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball is unique, with holes through it like a whiffle ball. Different ball models are intended for indoor and outdoor play. Balls come in several colors, including white, yellow and green, but must be a single color to meet International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) specifications.