This previous weekend I had the opportunity to debut my refereeing “skills” in a USAPA Sanctioned Pickleball Tournament. In fact, I refereed 13 total matches over the course of the day last Friday and Saturday. In preparation for donning the … [Read more...]
The following blog posts are a compilation of pickleball rules clarifications and interpretations for many of the common — and not-so-common — scenarios that happen on the pickleball courts. Do I have a legal pickleball serve? What if my shot hits the net post and goes in? Can I hit a shot "around" the post? These pickleball scenarios and more will be addressed as we clarify and interpret the pickleball rules. The official pickleball rulebook can be downloaded here: USAPA/IFP Rulebook.
As the Republican presidential contenders are busily prepping for their first nationally-televised primary debate this evening, I am also spending the day preparing -- not for any potential political zingers I can throw at my opponents -- but rather, … [Read more...]
One of the more intimidating concepts for the new pickleball player is the pressure of keeping score. While games are generally played to 11 points (win by 2 points) there are nevertheless scoring nuances in pickleball. Although pickleball scoring … [Read more...]
This past Thursday at Woodside – presented with an open pickleball court (a rare occasion) and not enough people to play doubles – my fellow “pickler” and I took advantage of the opportunity to play singles. In nearly two years of playing pickleball … [Read more...]
One of the primary differentiations between tennis and pickleball is that, unlike in tennis, in pickleball there is a non-volley zone (most often referred to as a kitchen) in which players cannot enter and volley. Hopefully, the following provides … [Read more...]
For those pickleball addicts looking to build their own court(s), I'm often asked, "what are the official dimensions of a pickleball court?" As the diagram shown below illustrates, regardless of location or venue, the official pickleball court size … [Read more...]