Step 1: Gather Equipment
Before you start playing pickleball, you'll need a few pieces of equipment. This includes a paddle, a pickleball, and a tennis court. You may even want a pickleball skort. Make sure the tennis court has a net that is at least 34 inches high in the middle.
Step 2: Set Up the Court
Pickleball is played on a court that is 20 feet wide and 44 feet long. To play on a tennis court, you'll need to use the service lines as the boundaries for the court. The non-volley zone is also the same as on a regular pickleball court, which is a 7-foot area on either side of the net where players are not allowed to hit the ball in the air.
Step 3: Serve the Ball
The game starts with the server standing behind the baseline and serving the ball diagonally to the other side of the court. The ball must be served underhand and hit below the waist. The server must also keep one foot behind the baseline until the ball is struck.
Step 4: Return the Ball
Once the ball is served, the other player must return it before it bounces twice. The ball must be hit back to the other side of the court without hitting the net or going out of bounds.
Step 5: Keep the Ball in Play
Once the ball is in play, both players must keep hitting it back and forth over the net. The ball can only bounce once on each side of the court before it must be hit back.
Step 6: Avoid the Non-Volley Zone
Players are not allowed to hit the ball in the air while standing in the non-volley zone. If a player steps into the non-volley zone and hits the ball in the air, it's a fault and the point goes to the other team.
Step 7: Score Points
Points are scored when the other team fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds, or commits a fault. The first team to reach 11 points, with a lead of at least 2 points, wins the game.
Step 8: Switch Sides
After each game, the players switch sides of the court. This is to account for any wind or sun that may have affected the game.
And that's it! With these steps, you should be able to start playing pickleball on a tennis court in no time. Happy playing!