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Pickleball

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis, played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, over a net.

See Also:
Badminton, Tennis

An Overview of Pickleball

Basic Rules Overview

    • Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common
    • The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles

The Serve

    • The serve must be made underhand.
    • Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server's waist (navel level).
    • The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
    • The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
    • Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve and lands on the proper service court; let serves are replayed).

Scoring

  • Points are scored only by the serving team.
  • Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
  • Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by 2.
  • When the serving team's score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right-side court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left-side court when serving or receiving

Non-Volley Zone

    • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
    • Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the "kitchen"). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

Benefits

A recent study in the International Journal of Research in Exercise Physiology found middle-aged and older adults who played one hour of pickleball three days per week for six weeks improved their blood pressure, cholesterol, and cardiorespiratory fitness levels.

Involvement

PickleballEngland is a not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and encourage in every way at local, national and international level the sport of pickleball and to act as the sole governing or delegating body for the sport in England. Go to www.pickleballengland.org/club-locator/ to find your nearest ground and begin your journey.

Equipment

No special equipment is required and any comfortable clothing is fine. Trainers / tennis shoes are recommended.

Facts

The game started take off in the UK around 2011 and now has over 80 places to play and about 2,000 estimated players.

Find Pickleball Activities Near You

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Dereham Leisure Centre

With state of the art equipment and enthusiastic staff on hand to help you, our gym is the perfect place to get fit! You can pay separately each time you go, or for a great deal you can sign up to our expressions fitness membership and gain exclusive bene

East Anglia Pickleball Development

It is my aim to introduce many people, young and old to the fun sport of Pickleball not only in Norfolk, but throughout East Anglia.

Norwich Pickleball Club

Game sessions
Tuesday 19:30-21:30
Sunday 16:30-18:00

Hingham Tennis Club

Adult and junior tennis for all abilities
Cardio Tennis
Mini Tennis Coaching
Pickleball sessions for adults

Lyng Village Hall

New village hall opened April 2019, offering modern facilities for functions, regular sports activities, fitness, clubs, groups and private hire for birthdays, wakes, weddings etc. Good sized main hall, meeting room, café-style foyer, kitchen & parking.

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Pickleball

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.