What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. The game combines elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

There are easily 3,000+ Pickleball players in the Upstate area. New players are always welcome. If you are interested in playing, you can show up wearing court shoes at any of our scheduled playing sessions and we’ll put a paddle in your and give you a crash course on how to play. You can also take a Beginner Pickleball Clinic and learn the game in a non-intimidating environment with instructors who will spend quality time teaching you how to play the right way. The video below is a good introduction to the game.

Pickleball History

Pickleball was created in 1965 on Bainbridge Island (just outside of Seattle, WA) by three families who must’ve been bored one weekend. They used an existing badminton court, scrounged up some paddles, found a plastic ball with holes and went to work creating this quirky game called Pickleball.

How to Play Pickleball

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.

Anna, a 10 year-old reader of this page, recommended we share this helpful guide on A Kid’s and Beginners’ Guide to Playing Pickleball. (Thanks Anna!!!)

Pickleball Rules Summary

The ball is served diagonally to the opponent’s service court underhanded without bouncing it off the court.

Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return the ball, hits ball out of bounds, etc.). The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until the serving side faults. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least a 2-point margin wins. If both sides are tied, then play continues until one side wins by 2 points.

Double Bounce Rule: Following the serve, each side must make at least one ground-stroke, prior to volleying the ball (hitting it before it has bounced).

Non-Volley Zone: A player cannot volley a ball while standing within the non-volley zone.

Download a basic Rules Summary Sheet.

How to Keep Score

For new players, keeping score isn’t easy. Watch this helpful video and play a few games with someone who knows how to keep score and it’ll become easy to keep score.