can be played as singles or doubles,
most commonly as doubles. Each
point begins with an underarm serve The
serve is performed diagonally
beginning at the right-hand service square. The
serve must clear the non-volley-zone The
serve must bounce before being hit
by the receiver The
return of serve must also bounce
before being hit. The
serving position alternates with
each serve when a point is won. Volleys
can only be performed outside of the Non-volley zone – The
Pickleball Non-Volley Zone Rules Video Volleys
can only be made after the 2 Bounce Rule has been followed. The Serving Process
start of each new game, only one player in the 1st serving team has
the opportunity to serve and score points until a fault occurs..
Thereafter both members of each team
will serve and fault before the ball is turned over to the opposing team. When
a team wins the serve, the player in the right-hand court will always start
Server 1 serves until a point is lost
2 then repeats this process.
first server is the person standing at the right hand service
attempt per service. The
server alternates their position after every serve when a point is won. The
server continues to serve until they lose a point while serving. The
second server then serves,
alternating position until they lose a point on their serve. The
serve then goes to the opposition. Faults
A fault is any action that stops play due to a rule violation.
A fault by the receiving team results in the servers earning a point.
A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of service and/ or side out.
A fault is committed when the ball:
touches any part of the non-volley zone (including
the line) or is hit out of bounds during the serve
does not clear the net is volleyed from the non-volley zone is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side is hit out of bounds strikes a player or a permanent object before bouncing on the court
the player, their clothing or paddle make contact with the net during play the player, their clothing or paddle make contact with the NVZ during a volley. Scoring
team shall score a point only when serving. The
server calls the score. A
player who is serving shall continue to do so until a fault is made by his/her
game is played to 11 points, however a team must win by 2 points. When
playing doubles: Each
player on a team shall keep serving until their team makes a fault, then the
serve moves to the opposing team – this is called a Side Out. At
the start of each new game, the 1st
serving team is allowed only one fault ( one
person serves). Calling the Score
This is often the most confusing part
of the game but not difficult and you will master it quite quickly once you
have played a few games.
The guidelines for scoring are:
The server calls the score. When calling the score the server’s score is called first. When playing doubles: The score is called followed by either number 1 or 2 indicating whether Server 1 or Server 2 is serving. E.G. 6 – 4, 1 This indicates that the serving team has won 6 points The receiving team has won 4 points 1 indicates the first server is calling – if they lose the point (the team commits a fault) The score becomes 6 – 4 , 2 2 indicates the second server is serving The number 2 being called indicates that when a point is lost (a fault occurs) the ball goes to the other team to begin serving. The Double Scoring Confusion
At the beginning of a doubles game
only one team member is given the opportunity to serve.
So when calling their serve it begins as 0 – 0 Start OR 0 – 0, 2
This number 2 being called indicates that after losing their serve the ball goes to the opposition.
complete guide to the rules of Pickleball at: IFP
Official Rules – USAPA Pickleball The Strategies
This is a very simple summary of the basic strategies behind an effective game of pickleball. It focuses solely on doubles strategy as this is the most common form of play and differs greatly from singles strategy. A good start is to watch the following video of a single point with a simple analysis of the strategies used to play effective doubles.
Point Strategy Analysis OPENING SEQUENCE
sequence strategy for most pickleball points can be seen in the diagram.
A deep serve to keep the receiver back as long as possible A deep return which allows the receiving team the advantage of getting to the NVZ line first. The long dink which minimises the opponents attacking opportunities and allows the serving team to also get to the NVZ line.
FURTHER STRATEGIES AND TIPS
Other strategies to get your doubles
game improving are:
and accurate serving and returning of the ball are crucial if you are to get to
the NVZ line and have an impact on the game. Allow
the forehand player to have primary responsibility for shots coming down the
of return shots to cover potential angles Use
angles, placement and control with your shots over power and speed to achieve
to include soft hands and dinks to reset points – See video to understand this
face the ball on the other side of the net Work
to push your opponents back in the court, off the NVZ line Play
shots down the middle of the court to create confusion between the opponents.
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