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Q1. What is Pickleball

Pickleball described in 1 word - FUN, in 2 – GREAT GAME, in 3 - EASY TO PLAY, in 4  – A GAME FOR EVERYONE, in 5 – A COMPETITIVE GAME YOU'LL LOVE, and in 6 words – PICKLEBALL IS MORE ADDICTIVE THAN CHOCOLATE!

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the US.  It is a combination of badminton, tennis, ping pong and some might even say badmington.  It is played on a badminton sized court with a tennis style net which is 36” on the side and 34″ at the center. It is played with a paddle made of wood or a composite material which is about half the size of a tennis racquet head.

The ball has a number of holes in it and is made of a plastic and sometimes rubber type material similar to a whiffle ball.  It is easy game to play for beginners, the young or elderly alike and can be played by the most competitive among us.

Q2. Who and what age bracket are best suited to play pickleball?

Pickleball is a “lifetime sport”. There are players just out of nappys playing (well at least having fun on the pickleball court) right through to players in their senior years. Basically if you can swing a stick or something that resembles a paddle, have a bit of mobility and a great attitude that seeks some good fun times then pickleball is your game.

Q3. How do I pick a paddle? There are so many choices!

Over the years I have played I think by far the best way to pick a paddle is to try them out. In saying that however, most paddles in the top end range (to me) are pretty much of a muchness – meaning there is very little between them particularly if you are a sub-5.0 player.

There are many players who prefer and play well with a wooden paddle however the trend is for a paddle made with the modern materials.

It is obviously good to try various weights and grip sizes. While weights vary little with the modern material when measured in ounces, the most critical part for everyone is handle size. If you find a paddle that feels good and balanced in your hand and you have a ‘feel good’ grip on it then you are in the ball park of a good paddle for you.

If price is used as a guide, anything priced in the $50 to $60 up range will be a perfectly good paddle for most beginners.

You could also take some time reading reviews from others who have used the paddles however, you will find reviews are very subjective and personal to everyone.

And lastly - you can read our page on the Best Pickleball Paddle - For You

Q4. Can you stand in the kitchen while waiting for the ball to bounce?

According to the rules you cannot be in the kitchen (the No Volley Zone) while volleying the ball. Ie – you cannot hit the ball on the full (out of the air) while you are in the kitchen. Conversely that means that you CAN in fact be in the kitchen whenever you like but if you hit the ball before it bounces then you will be penalized the point.

Theoretically, as long as you never volleyed a ball, you could live in the kitchen!

Q5 What is the The 10-Second Rule in Pickleball?

Rule 4.J says that The “10-second rule” applies to both server and receiver, each of whom is allowed up to 10 seconds after the score is called to serve or be ready to receive. It is the server’s responsibility to look and be certain that the receiver is ready to receive serve.

Rule 4.J.1. says that after one technical warning has been issued by the referee, further delays on the part of the server or the receiver exceeding 10 seconds shall result in a technical foul and a point awarded against the offender.

Q6 Is there a proper way to signal that you are not ready for a serve?

Yes Rule 4.I.1. in the official Pickleball rule book states the following:

Not Ready Signals. The receiver must use one of the following to signal that he or she is not ready to receive the serve:
1) raising the paddle above his or her head,
2) raising the non-paddle hand above his or her head, or
3) completely turning his or her back to the server.

Q7 What is the Double Bounce Rule?

The serve and the service return must be allowed to bounce before striking the ball. That is, each side must play a ground stroke on the first shot following the serve. After the initial ground-strokes have been made, play may include volleys.

(A volley therefor is a ball that is hit our of the air before it bounces.)

Q8 How is a game started - or who decides who will serve first?

A game can be started with a coin flip or any other fair method. The winner of the flip (or other means) will determine first choice in whether they want to serve or receive.

If the winner chooses to serve or receive, the loser picks the side they would like to start on. If the winner chooses starting side, the loser chooses to serve or receive.

Q9 If a player hits the ball or the ball hits a player when striking the ball (taking a shot) is the hit legal?

If the player is in the process of hitting the ball and his hand holding the paddle is hit below the wrist or if the player is changing hands with both hands on the paddle, or is attempting a two- handed stroke and either hand is hit below the wrist, then the ball is considered in play.

Q10 What is the Non-Volley Zone?

Affectionately known as the kitchen, the non-volley zone is the area of the court (not the space above it) bounded by the two sidelines, the non- volley line, and the net.

The non-volley line is marked across the court 7 feet from the net on both sides. The non-volley line and the sidelines are included in the non-volley zone. 

Q11 How many Server Lets can a server serve in one point and or one game?

There is no limit to the number of lets a server may serve so technically they could continue to serve until Xmas and beyond (if they are good enough) if their serves continue to be let serves.

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