Pickleball 101

The Basics

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.

Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played as a doubles game or singles game.

Before you step on the court, it's nice to have an understanding of the rules and scoring.  Here are a couple short videos that will help introduce you to the sport of pickleball.

The USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) has a section of their website devoted to newcomers.  Check it out for more information!

Beginner Clinics/Classes in our Area 

  • Thursdays at the Glenwood YMCA 12:30-2:00pm in the Gilmore Gym.  Free to YMCA members, all equipment will be provided.  Will offer foundational knowledge and skills to get you going in the sport of pickleball.

Beginner Open Play

  • EVERY Wednesday 1:00pm- 2:30pm, Westwood Racquet Club (2660 Zuck Rd.).  This will be time for players newer to the sport to gather and play.  No instruction will be given, just time for practice and play.  Sign up on the Court Reserve app.  Click here for details and how to sign up. Limit of 12 players. $5 for the 1.5 hours.