How you doing guys i'm robert leonard pickleball pro here at the beautiful gates tennis center and i'm here to tell you about pickleball tell you some rules tell you some scoring and get you what you might need to get out there and play first thing we're going to note is this.
Box right in front of us here this is called the kitchen that's what the cool kids call it but its real name is the novolli zone which you could also call the no hitting balls before they bounce zone a volley is when you hit a ball before that ball bounces and you may never hit a volley.
Inside that no volley zone if you hit a ball after it bounces you're more than welcome to step into that no volley zone step into that kitchen and hit it but you can never hit a ball before it bounces in that no volley zone another little quirk if i do hit a volley behind the.
Line but the momentum of that volley brings me in that's still illegal when we volley in the no volley zone we call it a foot fault if i commit a foot fault i lose that rally which is no good for me we start every point off with a serve and there's a couple rules to know about.
When you are serving first you've got to make contact with your feet behind this white line right here behind this baseline and you may not hit your serve from outside of this sideline right here my serve has got to go cross court it's a fancy word for diagonal and it's got to go past that kitchen if my serve lands.
In that kitchen that serve is out we only get one chance to hit our serve in so it's very important we do hit it in now there's two ways i can hit this surf i can hit this serve before it bounces like that in which case i must make contact below my waist i've got to have my arm moving in an upwards motion and i do also have to.
Make sure my paddle is below my wrist but i think as long as you're hitting that below your waist you're gonna be good i can also hit this ball after it bounces like that and when i do that i must simply release this ball and let gravity do all the work pulling.
That down i may not throw that ball down and hit it that would be an illegal surf so when someone serves to me i have to let their serve bounce before i hit it back i may not volley their serve more importantly and perhaps less intuitively the return of serve also has to bounce so after i serve to someone.
And they hit that return of serve back i must let that return of serve bounce so we like to serve and stay i'll hit my serve and stay back i'll stay behind this line because if i hit my serve get all excited and run forward but that return of serve bounces behind me i'm gonna really struggle to hit that after it bounces so make sure after you hit.
Your serve you serve and stay serve and stay back when i hit my return of serve i'm now allowed to hit every next ball before it bounces so i want to return and run up to this line i always want to play up to this line of course after i've served and stayed and hit that.
Return of serve once we've let the serve bounce and the return of serve bounce we're allowed to volley or hit any ball we'd like to out of the air of course we must never volley in that no volley zone another important bit of the rules is calling balls out there are two things.
That have to happen for a ball to be out the ball must be out outside of the court and i must say out or i can raise a finger like this as that means out now lines are in this ball for example is in it is this ball that is out there's a clear gap between the line and the ball now we give the benefit of the doubt to our opponents so if i'm not sure if a.
Ball was in or out that means that ball was in remember every line is always in with one exception if my serve lands on that kitchen or that no volley zone line that serve is actually out that's the one time that a ball landing on the line is out.
So we're going to talk about some scoring for when we play doubles pickleball scoring is what we call side out scoring this means a few things first thing that means i can only score a point and increase my team's score when my team wins a rally that my team has served in other words if we're the receiving team we cannot score a point.
The other thing side out scoring means is that i keep serving as long as i keep scoring points once my team loses a rally that i've served it's no longer my turn to serve in doubles we have two partners per team we're going to have two servers per rotation what that means is if i'm serving and i'm the first server.
On my team i'll go ahead and serve if we lose that rally it's no longer my turn to serve and then it goes to the second server on our team when we lose a rally the second server has served then it goes to the other team which is called a side out it would go to their first server and then to their second server then.
Back to us always follows that one two one two rotation if i serve this ball and i'm the first server and we win that rally hooray my partner and i have just scored a point we'll go ahead and switch sides every time we score a point we switch sides that's the only time we switch sides when we score a point and.
All go ahead and keep serving now we call three numbers for the score first number is the serving team score second number is the receiving team score and then that third number is either a one or a two and what that means is either first server or second server so if i were to call the score five.
Three one it means my team is five points their team has three points and i'm the first server let's say i serve five three one and we win that rally hooray we score a point my partner and i switch sides i keep serving and now the score is six three one six points to three as we just won one i'm still that first server.
If i serve six three one and we lose that rally oh no now it's my partner's turn to serve who's our second server and they'll call that score six three two if they serve six three two and they lose oh no now it goes to the other team that's a side out uh it'll go to their first server and they'll call the score three six one note nobody scored a point.
And they're calling the serving team score first if they lose that goes to their partner 362 and if they lose that it would come back to us and once again be six three one but you'll notice it's my partner who's on the right side of the court at the moment when we get that ball back so they're now going to be our first server.
Just because i was the first server once does not mean i'll be the first server for the entire game whoever happens to be on that right side when there's a side out or when it's our team's turn to serve again will be the new first server we play to 11 points and we win by two so 11 10 is not a winning score i'd have to get 12 10 13 11 etc.
Now we've got one last little quirk to worry about as the serving team is the only team that can score points it's kind of a big deal who's serving so it's quite an advantage to be the team that serves first if you get both partners to serve so what we've done to make that a little.
Bit more fair is if my team serves first at the very beginning of the game instead of starting at 0 0 1 as you'd expect we're going to start at 0 0 2 and my partner gets skipped i start as the second server and my partner gets skipped again just to make things a little bit more fair.
Once i lose 0 002 it's no longer my turn to serve goes over to them now we're back to that normal one two one two but starting at the second server is just a way to make the game a little more fair i'll give you some quick strategy for doubles the first thing is we want to.
Come up to this kitchen up to this no volley zone we do want to get as close to that line as we can and then once we're up here we don't want to let our opponents do this it's not very much fun when your opponent slams that ball down at you so make sure you you hit that ball low to your opponent so they have to hit up on.
That ball to get that over the net and then they try to slam that ball it goes straight into the net hit that ball low and soft and doubles so your opponent doesn't slam it at you now we're going to talk about single scoring and you're in luck it is a.
Little bit simpler than double scoring it's still side out scoring so if i'm the server and i win that rally i score a point and i would serve from the other side of the court if i'm the server and i lose that rally it's not my turn to serve anymore it's my opponent's turn to serve and now my opponent can score points.
So we don't have a partner so we don't have a second server to worry about nor do we have that third number at the end of the score it's simply 0 0 or two one or three nine or whatever it may be we still play to 11 points and we still win by two the little quirk of singles is that if the server's score is even we.
Will serve from the right or the even side of the court if the server's score is odd we will serve from the left or the odd side of the court and the strategy for singles is perhaps simpler but perhaps more difficult this court's bigger than you might think it looks strategy for singles is don't hit.
It to your opponent if your opponent has to run over here to get a ball and then the next ball you hit is all the way over there i'm not sure if they're gonna go and get that ball so make sure you don't hit it to your opponent you
Did you know that pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America? What is pickleball? Are you wondering how to play this entertaining sport? Robert Leonard, pickleball pro at Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colorado, explains the basics and rules for singles and doubles.