Pickleball is a sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong.  The plastic ball (containing holes) is served underhanded and the game begins from the right-hand side of the court.  The ball is served diagonally to the opponent’s service zone.  The service return must bounce once before it can be returned by a member of the serving team over the net (no “serve and volley” option like in tennis).  Only the server and his/her partner can earn points.  The non-serving team can only prevent points from being accrued against them until it’s their turn to serve.  Points are scored when one of the non-serving team members does one of the following:  fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds/into the net or steps into the non-volley zone (AKA “the kitchen”) while making contact with the ball still in the air.  Any player can make contact with the ball in the kitchen as long as the ball has bounced first.  The first side to score 11 points and is leading by at least two points is the victor.

Coach Neal’s tip:  the best way to learn the other 600+ rules in Pickleball is by playing the game and learning as you go…