By: CJ Johnson | September 12, 2018 |

Rule Review: On the Clock

The clock matters only a couple times in pickleball. 

The entire score must be called before the server begins his or her service motion. When all players are in place, and the score has been called, the server is permitted 10 seconds to serve the ball. If you can’t manage that, it’s a fault against you. So don’t overthink it.

During a typical game, each team is allowed two timeouts of up to one minute each. Some players use this time to regroup. Others answer their phones.

Medical timeouts are more generous. An injured player may take up to 15 minutes to recover, although we know the second someone limps off one of our courts, an anxious standby will step in. If you get injured, try to show some blood. You are permitted a time out for as long as it takes to stop the bleeding!

Bev writes a weekly email blast for our pickleball club. She delivers the rules with clarity and a sense of humor. If you have a rules question post it in the comments below.



CJ Johnson

Hey there — I’m a professional three-sport athlete and coach who has spent my entire adult life earning a living from playing and coaching sports. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same: My commitment to see students not as they are but as what they can become and to move heaven and earth to help them realize their untapped potential. You should know that when it comes to helping pickleball players over 50 live their best lives on and off the courts, I'm an expert. Good pickleball is not just technique; it's the mind and body working holistically. That's why I'm also a personal trainer and weight management specialist. When I’m chillin', you'll find me watching Star Trek with my husband John and our two fur babies, Shirley and Ralph. (Yes, Happy Days)