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How Pickleball is played in 2024

Modern Day Pickleball

The game is played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. The equipment needed is minimal: paddles that are larger than ping-pong paddles but smaller than tennis rackets and a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball.

These simple tools are the things you need to play and enjoy the game of Pickleball.

Players stand behind the baseline and serve diagonally across the court to start the game. The serve must be underhand with the paddle contacting the ball below the waist. This ensures that beginners in this game can easily get their serves over the net.

The receiving team must let the ball bounce once before returning it, and similarly, the serving team must let it bounce once before playing it back which is called the double-bounce rule.

One unique aspect of Pickleball is its non-volley zone or "kitchen" that extends seven feet from either side of the net where volleys aren't allowed preventing smash shots.

Once these initial bounces have occurred, players can volley (hit it out of mid-air) or continue letting it bounce depending on their strategy. This rule keeps rallies interesting and dynamic while giving both teams an equal chance at gaining control of play early on.

People playing a doubles pickleball game
Pickleball 101: Rules and Equipment

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