Step 1: Gather Your Equipment
To play pickleball, you will need a few pieces of equipment:
Step 2: Set Up the Court
The pickleball court is similar to a badminton court and measures 20 feet x 44 feet. You can set up a court in your backyard if you have enough space or play on a court at a gym or recreation center
Step 3: Determine Who Serves
Before the game begins, determine who will serve first. You can flip a coin or use any other method to decide. The winner of the toss will serve first.
Step 4: Start the Game
The game begins with the server standing behind the baseline and serving the ball. The ball must be hit underhand and must land in the opponent’s court, beyond the No Volley Zone (NVZ) before being returned.
Step 5: Rally
Once the ball is served, the rally begins. Each team will have the opportunity to hit the ball back and forth over the net until one team can’t return the ball or commits a fault.
Step 6: Scoring
Scoring in pickleball is similar to other racket sports like tennis. The game is played to 11 points, and you must win by two. Only the serving team can score points, and they will continue to serve until they commit a fault.
Step 7: Faults
There are several ways to commit a fault in pickleball. Some common faults include:
Serving the ball out of bounds
Not clearing the NVZ before hitting a volley
Hitting the ball into the net
Hitting the ball out of bounds
Touching the net
Hitting the ball twice in a row
If a fault is committed, the opposing team will receive the point and the serve.
Step 8: Switch Sides
After each point, the players will switch sides. This ensures that neither team has an unfair advantage due to the sun, wind, or other factors.
Step 9: End the Game
The game ends when one team reaches 11 points and is leading by two. If both teams are tied at 10 points, the game will continue until one team leads by two points.
Pickleball is a fun and easy-to-learn game that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. By following these simple steps, you can start playing pickleball in no time!