Now that winter is here, you may feel as though you can’t go outside to play sports or do your workout.
You need a fun indoor sport that’s easy to learn and will keep you active!
Pickleball has begun to appeal to many due to its short games and ability to be learned quickly. Because of the smaller court size, it is easy to set up indoors and is popular among old and young athletes alike.
If you want to learn how to play pickleball quickly, here’s everything you need to know!
To play pickleball, you’ll need a pickleball paddle, ball, and court.
The paddles are similar to ping-pong paddles, but they’re square instead of round and a bit larger. To find the best pickleball paddles available right now, you’ll have to do some research and decide what would work best for you!
The pickleball itself is a hollow plastic ball covered in holes. Outdoor pickleballs have more holes than indoor pickleballs because of potential wind interference. The balls are also made of a more durable plastic.
The court you’ll play on is the same size as a badminton court: 20 feet by 44 feet. The net that bisects the court should be 36 inches high.
How to Play Pickleball
Pickleball draws some elements from tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. The game can be played with doubles or singles.
The court is split into four quadrants, one for each player to occupy. A seven foot space on both sides of the net across the court is a no-volley zone.
The player from the right service square serves the ball underhand and diagonally across the net. Players then volley the ball back and forth, allowing the ball to bounce once before hitting it. After each team has let the ball bounce before returning it, the ball can begin to be played either on the bounce or in the air.
A point is scored when the non-serving team makes a fault. The team that served that round is the only team that can score. The first team to get to 11 points while being at least two points ahead wins.
If a team reaches 11 points but is not two points ahead, the match continues until one team is two points ahead.
How to Score
Teams score points only when they are serving. They gain a point if the other team makes a fault. When the serving team makes a fault, the ball is given to the other team to serve.
A team is at fault if they: hit the ball out of bounds, hit the net, hit the ball before it bounces, hit the ball in the non-volley zone, or touch any part of the non-volley zone while serving.
Learning to Play Pickleball Quickly
Learning how to play pickleball may only take you minutes! You’ve likely already experienced sports that are similar to pickleball, you just need to get used to a small court and different scoring parameters.
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