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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