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What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton. It can be played both in singles and doubles on a court similar to a tennis court but with smaller dimensions. Instead of traditional tennis rackets, specialized paddles and a plastic ball with holes are used.

History of Pickleball

Pickleball originated in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, by Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum. The three neighbors created the game using old ping pong paddles and a perforated ball on a badminton court to entertain their children on a rainy day.

Equipment Needed for Pickleball

To play pickleball, you need:

  • Paddle: In pickleball, a flat paddle is used, originally made of wood, but with advancements in technology, materials like full carbon are also utilized.
  • Ball: The ball used is made of plastic and perforated, with a diameter ranging between 7 and 7.5 cm, and is of a single color.
  • Net: A net measuring 6.7 m in length and 86 cm in height at the center is required.
  • Court: The court dimensions are 6.10 m in width and 13.41 m in length.

How to Play Pickleball?

Pickleball can be played either in singles or doubles, using a court of the same dimensions in both cases, with slight variations in service rules and scoring methods.

A player, also known as a “pickler,” serves the ball diagonally into the opponent’s court. The area known as the “kitchen” is off-limits for serving.

Subsequently, the ball is volleyed back and forth until a player makes a mistake. Only the serving team can score points. A match concludes when a team reaches 11 points, but a lead of at least two points is required for victory.

A pickleball tournament typically consists of matches composed of three games. However, depending on the tournament venue, variations such as round-robin or challenge court formats may be adopted, where a player remains on the court until losing a match.

Rules of the Game

Here are some basic rules to follow:

  1. To serve, the ball must be hit below the hand and below waist height diagonally across the court, bouncing before being hit by the opponent.
  2. A point is scored only when serving, and the game is played to 11 points, winning with a lead of at least 2 points.
  3. After scoring a point, the serving team switches sides, moving from right to left.
  4. There is a “no-volley zone” (the “kitchen”) where hitting the ball in the air is not allowed.

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