How To Play Pickleball (A Quick Explanation & History)

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How to Play Pickle Ball

It was the summer of 1965 when Joel Pitchard and his two friends Bill Bell and Barney MccCallum decided to play badminton to pass time on a long Saturday afternoon after golf. Having no shuttlecock, they improvised with a Wiffle ball and paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.

Although some sources claim that the name “Pickleball” was derived from that of the Pritchard’s family dog, Pickles, other sources state that the claim is false, and that the name came from the term “pickle boat”, referring to the last boat to return with its catch. According to Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard’s wife, the name came “after I said it reminded me of the Pickle Boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. What’s important is that today we have a fun and engaging racquet sport called Pickleball.

The sport shares features of other racquet sports such as the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. The games is played on a 20’ x 44’ badminton-sized court. The game starts play when the ball is served from the right-hand service square. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court. Serves should always be done underhand with the paddle below the waist, and the server must keep both feet behind the back line when serving. Meanwhile points are scored by the side that serves. Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues until he or she faults. The first side to score eleven points and leads by at least two points wins. This game can be played with singles or doubles.

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