By: CJ Johnson | June 26, 2018 |

Pickleball Rule Review: A “Standing” Rule

There is only one rule that requires you to stand in a certain place during pickleball: when you are serving at the time the ball is struck, you must stand behind the baseline and between an imaginary extension of the center line and the sideline of the court.

Players must alternate receiving the opponents’ serves. So, as a practical matter, a receiver is expected to stand somewhere on the side of the court where the server is required to place the ball.

That’s it. You and your partner are permitted to stand anywhere on or off the court at any other times during play.

That’s right. There is no rule preventing you from standing in the kitchen. You can stand there all day if you like. But why would you?

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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)