By: CJ Johnson | January 16, 2018 |

Rule Review: What’s the Limit?

Pickleball rules Know the limitEverything has a limit, right? Well maybe…..but knowing the speed limit will certainly help you stay out of trouble. What about pickleball limits?

Here are a few questions to test your knowledge of pickleball limits

 1. How many times can you serve a let ball and get another chance to serve it?

2. How high can the score go in a pickleball game?

3. How many toes can touch the kitchen line before it is considered a fault?

4. How high is a pickleball net in the middle? How high at the ends?

5. How large can a pickleball paddle be (width + length of paddle including handle)?

Extra Credit and Not in the Rule Book—-How many people can have fun playing pickleball at once on one tennis court?


1A. As many times as it takes to get it right. Rule 4F- IFP Comment

2A. As high as you can count or until the game is called for darkness. Rule 10C

3A. Only one toe, or any part of your shoe. Section 9-9.B

4A. 34 inches middle, 36 inches ends. Section 2 2.C.4

5A. 24 inches. Section 2 2.E.3

Extra Credit 16 players plus all the cheerleaders on the sidelines.

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)