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What in the World is Pickleball?
Since pickleball will be a part of the active lifestyle featured at Scottsmoor in Halifax Plantation (watch the video below), this post is dedicated to help you understand this growing sport.
Pickleball is a racquet sport suitable for all ages and particularly popular with active adults. It combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a whiffle ball-like plastic ball over a net. The dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications.
The game started during the summer of 1965 on on Bainbridge Island, Washington, when Joel Pritchard and friends improvised with a whiffle ball and homemade plywood paddles on a badmitton court while attempting to satisfy their bored families when no shuttlecock could be found.
As far as the origins of the name, some sources erroneously claim that the name "Pickleball" was derived from that of the Pritchard's family dog, Pickles. The truth is that it reminded Mr. Pritchard of a "pickle boat", referring to the last fishing boat to return with its catch.
In Pickleball, the ball is served with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below waist level in an upward arc from behind the baseline, diagonally to the opponent’s service zone.
Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return the ball, hits ball out of bounds, steps into the non-volley zone - the first seven feet from the net. A player may enter the non-volley zone to play a ball that bounces and may stay there to play balls that bounce. The player must exit the non-volley zone before playing a volley. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least two points wins.
The return of service must be allowed to bounce by the server i.e. cannot be volleyed. As a result, the server or server and partner usually stay at the baseline until the first return has been hit back and bounced once.
In doubles play, at the start of the game, the serving side gets only one fault before their side is out, and the opponents begin their serve. After this, each side gets 2 faults (one with each team member serving) before their serve is finished. Thus, each side is always one serve ahead or behind, or tied.
In singles play, each side gets only one fault before a side out and the opponent then serves. The server's score will always be even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...) when serving from the right side, and odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9...) when serving from the left side (singles play only).
To read the complete official tournament rules of pickleball, click the image.
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