PICKLEBALL? WHAT IS
HOW TO PLAY The goal of the game is for the server to strike the ball over the net onto the opponent’s side. An overview of the rules for singles play is included below. The rst serve must be made diagonally from A to C . The server must alternate serves between sides A and B . The receiver can return the serve anywhere on the server’s court in an eort to make the server fault , in which case the receiver will become the server.
Pickleball is played between two teams of one or two players. The game combines elements of tennis and badminton but diers in that it has a nonvolley zone that is also called the kitchen. Players may not hit the ball while standing in the kitchen unless the ball has already bounced on their side.
Combines elements of:
Can be played indoors or outdoors
Number of players: 2-4
11 POINTS WINS.
tennis and badminton
The rst person to reach
WHO’S AT FAULT?
A pickleball is similar to a whie ball with holes in it. Balls must be a single color to meet specications.
Paddles are smaller than a tennis racket but larger than a ping-pong paddle.
Nets are typically a slightly modied tennis net.
A fault can occur when: • the ball goes out of bounds; • the ball hits the net, a pole, or a person; or • the ball bounces twice before being hit. If the receiver faults rst, the server gets a point and changes sides for the next serve. Only the server can score points.
cities,” Tredaway said. “It just keeps growing and growing, [and] it’s not going anywhere.” Part of the appeal is the game’s low impact, Tredaway said. For an older demographic, she said the game is easier to pick up. It also provides t- ness opportunities. Tredaway said players are able to talk to one another throughout their match. “They socialize [when] doing some- thing they can be pretty good at,”
Tredaway said. Pickleball, though, is not just for older generations. Oftentimes, Tre- daway said she sees adults bring their children along to play. She said it is good to “see a mixture of two dier- ent worlds” who usually would not play a sport together. Tredaway said pickleball is pro- viding a new sport for people to try. She said Grapevine oering pick- leball classes at the park has given
those who are interested in the sport a chance to play. People can go out- side and get competitive with friends, which she said has been fun to watch. “We’re really excited to see what the future can hold for [pickleball],” Tredaway said.
SOURCES: PICKLEBALL.COM, U.S.A. PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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