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A. The COURT
The court dimensions are identical to a doubles badminton court. The size of the court is 20’ x 44’ for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36” on ends, and hangs 34” in the middle. Use the doubles badminton court lines on the gymnasium floor and attach the Pickleball net to the badminton/volleyball net standards at a height of 3 feet.
Double Bounce Rule:
The winner of the toss can elect to serve or receive in the first game, or to choose to play at a particular end of the court. Revised April 2014 Page 2
1.Both feet of the server must remain behind the baseline until after the ball is struck.
2. The serve must be underhand and travels diagonally to the opposition side. Serve can’t land in the non-volley zone or on the non-volley zone line. All other lines are a part of the court. The serve must be made with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below waist level.
Underhand Defined: The arm must be moving in an upward arc and the paddle head shall be below the wrist when it strikes the ball. Each player is allowed only one serve attempt unless it is a “let” serve. A let serve occurs when the serve hits the net and still lands in the correct service court. If this occurs, the serve is played over.
3. The ball must bounce once on both sides of the net before it can be played without a bounce.
4.. You are not allowed to play a ball in the air while standing in the non-volley zone or stepping into the non-volley zone as you hit it.
5. You can go in the non-volley zone and play a ball if it bounces in the non-volley zone.
6. You can only score a point if your team is serving. A game is won by the first team scoring 11 points. You must win by at least 2 points.
7. To start a game, only one player on the starting team gets to serve until they lose a volley.
8. The serve then goes to the opposition and the person on the right hand side serves first. If person #1 scores a point, that person moves to the other side and tries to score more points. Person #1 serves until he/she loses a volley. NOTE: Before every serve–the server must call out the score and what server is serving- ie. #1 or #2. Example: If #1 server is serving and the score is 6 to 5 for his side— he will call out 6-5-1.
9. A match consists of the best 2 out of 3 games to 11.
If the serve rotation is done properly in doubles, the serving team’s score will always be even when the player that started the game on the right side is on the right side and odd when that player is on the left side .
A. Player in right hand court (1) serves diagonally across court to receiver (3) in opposite right hand court. The ball must clear the non-volley zone and land in the right hand serving court. The receiver (3) must let the ball bounce before returning the serve. Serving team must also let the return bounce before playing it. After the two bounces have occurred, the ball may then be either volleyed or played on the bounce until a fault is made.
B. If the fault is made by the receiving team, a point is scored by the serving team. When the serving team wins a point, its players will switch courts and the same player will continue to serve.
When the serving team makes its first fault, players will stay in the same court and the second partner will then serve. When they make their second fault they will stay in the same courts and turn the ball over to the other team. Players switch courts only after scoring. A ball landing on any line is considered good.
Serving the ball into an incorrect area.
Hitting the ball out of bounds.
Volleying the ball before it has bounced once of each side.
Hitting the ball into the net or hitting the net with your paddle or body.
Hitting the ball while in the non-volley zone before it is allowed to bounce.
Touching the non-volley zone with your paddle or clothes while attempting to hit a volley.
Stepping on or over the non-volley zone line on a follow through.
Missing the ball when you try to hit it.
Server swings the paddle with the intent of hitting the ball but misses.
12.I. The Net Posts. The net posts are positioned out of bounds. If a ball strikes the net post or anything
attached to the net post, it is a fault and a dead ball is declared. This rule does not include the net, the
net cable, or rope between the net posts.