What is Pickleball?

Madison Zimmerman

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Pickleball is a sport that is a combination of tennis, ping pong, and badminton, and can be played by two or four people. Pickleball is played by each player having a wood paddle and with the paddle, you need to get a polymer ball, which is very similar to a whiffle ball, over to the other side of the net. It is played on a badminton-sized court using a net that is similar to a tennis net. The rules of pickleball have been made to favor plays with not as much mobility and also so that seniors can play. This game has begun to be so fast growing because it is easy to figure out because of the straight forward rules. It also has been a game that many schools have coordinated into their gym classes and even in fire stations and community parks.

The rules for the game of pickleball is when serving you must make a right-hand serve and get the ball over the net and make sure that it does not land in the no volley zone on both sides of the net. The no volley zone on the court is the seven feet back on both sides of the net. Players may also not go into the volley zone at any point throughout the game and if a play does it is a fault for there team. Once the ball is served the ball must bounce once on each side before being played again. The serving team will continue to serve until their team makes a fault and then they switch. The game is played until one of the teams gets to 11 points.

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