Rules of Pickleball and Dimensions of Court

Though unregulated, pickleball is a real sport. It resembles traditional tennis and badminton, taking features from each. While the court is not as big as a tennis court, it allows single or double face-offs just like tennis. If you haven’t heard of pickleball as an actual sport and think it’s probably something a bunch of kids came up with, read on to find out more about it. We have discussed below the rules of pickleball and The Dimensions of court respectively.

What’s Interesting About the Name?

The game was created by Washington politician Joel Pritchard in 1965 to provide his family with an entertaining sport to kill summer boredom.

Interestingly, there are 2 theories that explain how the game got its name. According to the first story, Pritchard’s wife described the game as being similar to pickle boat (in that it was created from the leftover stuff they could find), which led to the name “pickleball.”

Another story says that the name of the game was inspired by Pritchard’s only dog, Pickles. However, there is not enough clarity about whether the dog’s name inspired the name of the sport or vice versa. Nonetheless, the name does stand out!

How Is It Played?

Before getting down to explaining pickleball rules, it’s best to establish the equipment that is used to play this sport. Instead of using badminton or tennis racquets, special pickleball paddles are used. These are made from either wood or some other composite material such as aluminum and graphite. These paddles are smaller than tennis racquets but slightly bigger than ping-pong ones. A plastic ball is used which looks very much like a wiffle ball but smaller.

The game may be enjoyed in singles, i.e. one-to-one, but it can also accommodate as many as four people in doubles. So, if you have a bunch of friends who want to try a new sport, try pickleball for a change and if you are new to pickleball and want to play like a pro you must know the rules of pickleball.

Rules of Pickleball Video Demonstration

3. Always Remain Alert and Ready

Some Basic Rules of Pickleball

There are a couple of things that you need to know about this sport. Since it remains an ungoverned sport to date, you may tweak a rule or two, but for starters, here’s what the pickleball rules entail:

Serve Rules

Serve Sequence Rules

Two-Bounce Rule

This particular rule states that on each serve, the opposing team must allow the ball to bounce once in their side of the court before hitting it. Then, the serving team must allow it to bounce once in their side of the court before returning it. This makes two bounces in total. After the two bounces are done, both sides can either hit the ball directly or hit it after letting it bounce. This rule eliminates the otherwise serve and volley benefit enjoyed by teams.

Non-Volley Zone

Before listing the rules that relate to the non-volley zone, it is necessary to identify this zone. It is the area of the court that extends 7 feet from either side of the net. The rules applicable to this particular area entail the following:


Now, let’s establish what counts as a fault. It is usually referred to a violation of any pickleball rule. When a fault is committed, the gameplay comes to a halt, and it adds a point in favor of the opposing team. A serve opportunity may also be lost in case of rule violation. A fault is committed in the following situations during a game:

Calling the Lines

Line calling refers to determining whether the ball is in or out. The following line calling ethics are followed in a pickleball game:


In a game of pickleball, the points may be scored only by the serving team or player. Basically, as long as the serving team does not commit a fault, the opportunity for scoring is wide open. Once the serve moves to the opponent team, their turn to score points begins.

A normal gameplay continues till 11 points, while the winner must ensure 2 additional points in order to claim victory. On the other hand, tournaments may be played for up to 15 or 21 points and won by 2 points.





These are all pickleball rules that one must know in order to play this sport. Since the game remains ungoverned, you may change a few rules while playing with friends or family members to make targets more achievable. However, these rules are basic and may be followed without having to face much technical complexity.

Dimensions of Court

Basically, the court size is similar to the court size allocated for a doubles game in badminton. Hence, expect a 20 x 44 ft. area that comprises a net standing tall at 3 ft. dividing the court into two equal halves. A normal tennis court measures 120 x 60 ft. that can generally accommodate 4 pickleball courts.

A Comprehensive Breakdown

Here’s a complete breakdown of the dimensions of the court from each side and corner. These exact dimensions of the court have been borrowed from the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association).

Court Dimension Pickleball Video Walkthrough

Does the Court Size Differ for Singles and Doubles Play?

This is an interesting question since a tennis court is unique and spans different areas for singles and doubles games. As for pickleball, the same 20 x 44 ft. area is assigned for both game types.

However, these dimensions may differ if you are setting up a court at home or indoors to enjoy a quick game of pickleball. You may choose to have extra space behind the sideline and baseline. On the other hand, smaller, compact spaces will work if the setup is done indoors. Space is a consideration primarily for competitive matches, which must take place in court setups specifically designed for this sport.

Last Words

Hopefully, this comprehensive all-in-one guide has been pretty useful in helping you understand this entertaining sport. If you love tennis or badminton, wait till you get your hands on a pickleball paddle. You will surely lose track of time. It’s that addicting!

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