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What Are The 5 Most Important Rules Of Pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. More than 2.5 have been playing Pickleball in the USA. However, these days individuals are cherishing it more, in the USA as well as in a lot more nations. Presently a few nations are holding competitions and associations of Pickleball sport.

what are the 5 rules of pickleball

But before starting at any game, knowing its rule are necessary. Pickleball has 5 rules. Now you will ask What Are The 5 Rules Of Pickleball? So for your information, I will explain to you all the 5 rules of Pickleball very simply and shortly.

5 Important Pickleball Rules

There are 5 rules for the Pickleball game:

  1. Basic Rule
  2. Serving
  3. Scoring
  4. Two Bounce ball rule
  5. Kitchen, or no-volley zone

The Size of a Pickleball court:

  • A Pickleball court size is the same as a badminton court. 20′ x 44′.
  • Every side of the court 10/10” for two players.
  • A pickle ball net is 36″ high.
  • There is a 7′ no-volley zone on both sides of the net, also know as the Kitchen.

Serving in Pickleball

  • You can only serve underhand.
  • The hand with paddle should be below the waist upon impact with the ball.
  • The serving player should be standing 1 foot behind the baseline of the court. His feet should not touch before hitting the Pickleball.
  • The Pickleball should land between the baseline and the no – volley zone lines.
  • Serve shall be diagonally crosscourt.


  • Points can only be scored by the serving team.
  • The maximum points for the game are 11, and the win has to be by 2 points.
  • During some tournaments the winner might have to score 15 or 21 points. The  win still has to be by 2 points.
  • When the points are even (0, 2, 4, etc) the player on the right will serve and receive.
  • When the points are odd (1, 3, 5, etc)  the player on the left side will serve and receive.

Two Bounce Ball Rule:

  • The serve must bounce once before the opposing player can return it. The server must then let the return bounce once before they can return it.
  • In other words, no volleys on the first 2 hits! After that, volley away! Just don’t be in the kitchen when volleying. More on that below…

The Kitchen = No -Volley Zone

  • There is a 7” no-volley zone along the net on both sides of the court
  • If the ball has not bounced then the player in the Kitchen can’t hit the ball.
  • If you touch the line of the no – valley zone, you are considered to be inside the kitchen.

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I am James Brad i am pickle ball lover and love to write about pickle ball and pickleball gear. I play pickleball from 2015 I hope you like my writing.


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