Pickleball is a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children's backyard pastime.
Best NOT to do the following;
1. Criticize opponents or your partner’s play.
2. Give suggestions or advice on partner’s or opponent's style/technique of play unless asked or welcomed.
3. If you’re on the court and you see an enormous wait line, don’t dawdle!
4. Argue about a line call – players call the ball the best they see it and this is ‘fun’ recreational play.
5. Walk thru the courts during play; wait until the play stops between serves.
6. Use abusive language; verbal comments of any detrimental nature during a game is unacceptable.
7. Gloating or applause for an opponent’s mistake; it's unsportsmanlike
8. Remove a paddle out of the Paddle Saddle ‘slot’ it has been placed in by the owner.
Things to DO MORE OF;
1. Introduce yourself if you do not know one of the team players.
2. Compliment your opponents or partner for a well-made shot.
3. Communicate with your partner to eliminate confusion over whose ball it is to return
4. Be helpful to new players; be willing to share rules and strategy for novice players
5. Be courteous if players want to play up a level to test their skills
6. At the end of a game, meet at the net and tap paddle ends with your partner and opponents.
7. Use the paddle saddles; especially when there are several players waiting to play
8. Give feedback to the supervisors when you have concerns, questions or ideas
The most important rule is to HAVE FUN!
Download a Basic Rules Summary Sheet
Download the USAPA 2019 Rulebook
Download "The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Pickleball"
Download a Pickleball Terminology sheet.
There are numerous instructional videos available. Go to YouTube and type in "Pickleball". Here are a few videos to start with.
How to Play Pickleball Part 1
How to Play Pickleball Part 2
How to Play Pickleball Part 3
Beginners Resource on How to Play Pickleball
How to Play Pickleball- A Basic Overview
Serving and Scoring
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101
USAPA (USA Pickleball Association)
I would highly recommend that all club members consider joining the USAPA.