Pickleball

SECTION 1 – THE GAME

Pickleball is a simple paddle game played using a special perforated, slow-moving ball over a tennis-type net on a badminton-sized court. The ball is served underhand without bouncing it off the court and is served diagonally to the opponent’s service court. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return ball, hits ball out of bounds, etc.). The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until server faults. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least a 2-point margin wins. For example, if both sides are tied at 10 points, then play continues until one side wins by 2 points.

 

UNIQUE PICKLEBALL FEATURES
Double Bounce Rule.

Following serve, each side must make at least one groundstroke, prior to volleying
the ball (hitting it before it has bounced).
Non-Volley Zone.

A player cannot volley a ball while standing within the non-volley zone.

SECTION 2 – COURT AND EQUIPMENT

 

 

2.A. Court Specifications. The dimensions and measurements for the standard pickleball court are:
2.A.1. The court shall be a rectangle 20 feet (6.10 m) wide and 44 feet (13.41 m) long for both singles and doubles matches. See Figure 2-1.
2.A.2. A total playing surface 30 feet (9.14 m) wide and 60 feet (18.28 m) long is the minimum size that is recommended. A total size of 34 feet (10.36 m) by 64 feet (19.5 m) is preferred.
2.A.3. Court measurements shall be made to the outside of the lines. The lines should be 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide and the same color, clearly contrasting with the color of the playing surface.

2.B. Lines and Areas. The lines and areas of the standard pickleball court are:
2.B.1. Baselines. The baselines are the lines parallel to the net at each end of the court.
2.B.2. Sidelines. The sidelines are the lines perpendicular to the net on each side of the court.
2.B.3. Non-Volley Line. The non-volley line is the line on each side of the net between the sidelines and parallel to the net. These lines are located 7 feet (2.13 m) from the net.
2.B.4. Non-Volley Zone. The non-volley zone is the area of the court bounded by the two
sidelines, the non-volley line, and the net. The non-volley line and the sidelines are included in the non-volley zone.
2.B.5. Centerline. The centerline is the line on each side of the net bisecting the area between the non-volley line and the baseline.
2.B.6. Service Courts. The service courts are the areas on either side of the centerline, bounded by the non-volley line, the baseline, and the sideline.

2.C. Net Specifications.
2.C.1. Material. The net may be made of any open, meshed fabric material.
2.C.2. Net Size. The net length shall be at least 20 feet (6.1 m) extending from one sideline to the other. The net width shall be at least 2½ feet (0.8 m).
2.C.3. Mesh Size. The net’s mesh size must be sufficiently small to prevent a ball from passing through it.
2.C.4. Height. The net shall be suspended over the center of the court and shall be 36 inches (0.914 m) high at the sidelines and 34 inches (0.86 m) high at the center of the court.
2.C.5. Center Strap. A center strap may be placed at the center of the net to enable easy
adjustment to the 34 in. (0.86 m) requirement at center.
2.C.6. Net Edge. The top of the net should be edged with a 2 inch (5.1 cm) white binding over a cord or cable running through the binding. This binding must rest upon the cord or cable.
2.C.7. Posts. Net posts should be placed outside the sidelines. Recommended placement is 12 inches (30.48 cm) from the sideline.

2.D. Ball Specifications.
The ball pictured on the left of Figure 2-2 is customarily used for indoor play and the ball pictured on the right is customarily used for outdoor play. However, all approved balls are acceptable for indoor or outdoor play.
2.D.1. Construction. The standard ball shall be made of durable plastic material molded with a smooth surface and free of texturing.
2.D.2. Size. The official ball shall be 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) to 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter.
2.D.3. Weight. The ball shall weigh between 0.8 and 1.02 oz (21 and 29 grams).
2.D.4. Design. Spacing of holes and overall design of the ball must conform to the straight flight characteristics required for play. Balls that fly or bounce erratically shall not be used.

2.E. Paddle Specifications.
2.E.1. Material. The paddle may be made of any material judged safe and not prohibited in these rules. The paddle shall be made of relatively rigid, non-compressible material.
2.E.2. Surface. The paddle hitting surface shall not contain holes, indentations, rough texturing,tape, features that are reflective, or any objects or features that allow a player to impart additional or increased spin on the ball.
2.E.3. Size. The combined length and width including any edge guard and butt cap shall not
exceed 24 inches (60.96 cm). The most common paddle measurement is approximately 8
inches (20.32 cm) wide by 15¾ inches (40 cm) long. There is no restriction on paddle thickness.
2.E.4. Weight. There is no restriction on paddle weight.

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