Pickleball rules

Pickleball Rule Review: Let Serve

By betterpickleball / November 8, 2017 /

A let serve means let’s do that again! If your serve touches the net yet somehow continues to make it across the net, beyond the kitchen line, and into the correct portion of the opponent’s court, it is not a good serve, nor is it a fault against you. You get to do it again. This…

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Pickleball Rules- Pickleball Paddle Envy? Size Matters

By betterpickleball / November 2, 2017 /

Sometimes equipment makes the player. I wouldn’t personally blame my paddle for my misses, but the right gear can increase your confidence and improve your game. There are only a few rules about pickleball paddles: size matters and the surface must be smooth. A paddle can be any shape, thickness or weight, but the length…

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Pickleball Rules: What Hit Me?

By betterpickleball / October 24, 2017 /

Sometimes your best shot is a duck! It is a fault against you if the ball hits you, even if it just brushes the hairs that are sticking out on your head. If the ball touches your baggy shorts and you don’t even feel it, it is still a fault against you. The only exception…

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Pickleball Line Calls-Out or In?

By betterpickleball / October 17, 2017 /

When you play pickleball, you are actually a player-ref. The rules require that you call out balls when you see them and that any doubt MUST benefit the opponents. How do you make the best line calls; Out or In? Here’s what you need to do: 1.  Call balls you clearly see out on your…

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Playing Tip: Calling Lines

By betterpickleball / September 14, 2017 /

Playing Tip: Calling Lines-Never in Doubt             How would you like to hear your dentist say “I think that was the right tooth.” Or have your banker say “that check probably bounced.” Pickleball is by its nature a very social game, which occasionally leads to less than authoritative line calls. As a player, it’s your job to…

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Pickleball Rules-Avoiding the Kitchen

By betterpickleball / September 5, 2017 /

Everyone knows that you cannot hit the ball before it bounces if you are in the kitchen. What some may not realize is that you cannot let your momentum from hitting a volley carry you into the kitchen after you hit the ball. I have seen players try to avoid crossing the kitchen line by…

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Pickleball Rules-Is an Erne Legal

By betterpickleball / August 24, 2017 /

Do you know that you are allowed to stand anywhere on or off the court at any time during play? The only exception is when you are serving. You must stand behind the baseline and between an imaginary extension of the center line and the side line. You are not allowed to move so far…

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Pickleblall Rules- Hit by the Pickleball

By betterpickleball / August 12, 2017 /

If a ball in play hits you, it is a fault against you. That’s true even if it only grazes your hair. And it doesn’t matter where you are on the court. Even if you are standing well out of bounds and the ball hits you before landing, it’s your fault. Do whatever it takes…

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Pickleball Rules- The Line is Good

By betterpickleball / August 3, 2017 /

It’s true that a ball that hits the line is good. In other words, the line is considered part of the court. But it’s not that simple. Do you know that a ball contacting the playing surface outside of the baseline or sideline, (the kitchen line on the serve is a different rule) even though…

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Pickleball Rules – The Horizontal Bar near the Bottom of the Net

By betterpickleball / August 3, 2017 /

Who hasn’t hit the bar at the bottom of the net? LOL!! The stabilizing bar along the lower part of our collapsible nets can cause some problems. Here is what the latest IFP rules say: 1. If the ball hits the horizontal bar before going over the net, it is a fault against the player…

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