Pickleball is a net sport where individuals use paddles to hit a ball over a net until the ball falls either out of court or is missed. Originating as a child’s game in the 1960s, pickle ball was created with related tennis, badminton and ping-pong rules in mind. Played on a small court, the perforated polymer ball is served underhanded over a lowered net and is then hit after the first bounce by the opposing team. The sport is particularly popular with senior citizens, yet it is also one of the fastest growing sports in America.

How do you play pickleball?

Pickleball is played like table tennis and badminton. It’s played with two teams of two people. You start by serving the ball by hitting the ball with a paddle over the net towards the opponent until the ball hits outside the court or is missed.

Who invented pickleball?

Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum invented the sport in 1965 on Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle, Washington. The invention of pickleball was created out of boredom from their kids, Joel and Bill went outside to their badminton court and created the game in their backyard.

How do you score pickleball?

Points are only awarded on the serve; a point cannot be scored by the receiving side until the ball has been touched by both teams. Points are awarded if the ball hits the net or bounces out of bounds on the opposing side.

Pickleball Guides
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Kyle Yates
900
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Kyle Yates
Michelle Esquivel
90
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Michelle Esquivel
2.874”-2.972” | 73-75.5 mm (Diameter)
.78-.935 oz | 22-26.5 g
Pickleball
7.550
0.027
900
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Pickleball3D model of a Pickleball viewed in perspective3D model of a Pickleball viewed in perspective
20’ | 6.1 m
44’ | 13.41 m
880 ft² | 81.8 m²
Pickleball Court
610.000
1341.000
81.80
12000
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Pickleball CourtView of a Pickleball Court in 3D available for downloadView of a Pickleball Court in 3D available for download
36” | 91.44 cm (Post)
22’ | 6.71 m (Overall)
Pickleball Net
91.440
671.000
3600
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Pickleball NetPerspective view of a 3D model of a Pickleball NetPerspective view of a 3D model of a Pickleball Net
7”-8.25” | 177.8-209.6 mm
1.25” | 31.8 mm
15.5”-17” | 39.37-43.18 cm (Max)
6.5-9.5 oz | 185-270 g
Pickleball Paddle
20.960
3.180
43.180
0.270
23900
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Pickleball PaddlePerspective view of a 3D model of a Pickleball PaddlePerspective view of a 3D model of a Pickleball Paddle
Simone Jardim
300
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Simone Jardim
Tyson McGuffin
500
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Tyson McGuffin
Pickleball Court
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Pickleball Courts are the rectangular areas of play in the racket sport of Pickleball with two sides divided by a central pickleball net. The court is divided into three main areas; two opposing service areas for play, and the center non-volley zone where the net is located. The service areas are split, with a left and right side divided by a centerline. The non-volley zone is not used for play, and players must stay inside the service areas in order to serve and rally. Since players often run and pivot quickly within the service areas, most pickleball courts are designed with non-slip smooth silica sand bases.

Pickleball Courts have an overall length of 44’ (13.41 m), width of 20’ (6.1 m) and have a total area of 880 ft² (81.8 m²). The Non-Volley Line is located 7’ (2.13 m) from the center of the court, marking the edge of the service area. The recommended clearance around a Pickleball Court should be 5’ (1.52 m) on the sides and 8’ (2.44 m) on both ends of the court.

Top view drawing of a Pickleball Court measured with length and width of the various lines
Pickleball Courts are the rectangular areas of play in the racket sport of Pickleball with two sides divided by a central pickleball net. The court is divided into three main areas; two opposing service areas for play, and the center non-volley zone where the net is located.

Pickleball Courts have an overall length of 44’ (13.41 m), width of 20’ (6.1 m) and have a total area of 880 ft² (81.8 m²). The Non-Volley Line is located 7’ (2.13 m) from the center of the court, marking the edge of the service area. The recommended clearance around a Pickleball Court should be 5’ (1.52 m) on the sides and 8’ (2.44 m) on both ends of the court.

Top view drawing of a Pickleball Court measured with length and width of the various lines
Pickleball Court
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880 ft² | 81.8 m²

Non-Volley Line: 7’ | 2.13 m
Service Area Length: 15’ | 4.57 m
Service Area Width: 10’ | 3.05 m
Line Width: 2”| 5.08 cm
Side Clearance: 5’ | 1.52 m
End Clearance: 8’ | 2.44 m
Overall Area (Clearance): 1800 ft² | 167 m²
Surface Materials: Concrete or asphalt

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Pickleball Court plan, side elevation, side (players)

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Tyson McGuffin

According to Pickleball Global rankings and World Pickleball Federation (WPF), America’s Tyson McGuffin ranks number one in men’s pro singles, number three in men’s doubles, and number two in mixed doubles. He is also the most recognized and accomplished pickleball player in the world. Tyson started as a wrestler before switching to playing and coaching tennis, then to pickleball, and winning the Grand Slam four times in Men’s Open Singles. In his first USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) Nationals tournament, he won silver in the Men’s Open Single. He has also won the Grand Slam in Men’s Open Doubles and four National Championships.

Set of illustrations of Tyson McGuffin in various pickleball poses
According to Pickleball Global rankings and World Pickleball Federation (WPF), America’s Tyson McGuffin ranks number one in men’s pro singles, number three in men’s doubles, and number two in mixed doubles. He is also the most recognized and accomplished pickleball player in the world.

Set of illustrations of Tyson McGuffin in various pickleball poses
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Nationality: United States

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Michelle Esquivel

Michelle Esquivel is an American pickleball player, instructor, and coach who founded the Ultimate Pickleball Academy. In college, she played and coached tennis. This made it easy for her to switch to pickleball and for the community to quickly appreciate her for her passion and love of the sport. She is the 2018 USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) Margaritaville Nationals and Women’s Singles gold medalist. Besides, Michelle has also taken home six gold medals in women’s doubles, two silver medals in Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, and two bronze medals in Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Collection of drawings of Michelle Esquivel in pickleball postures
Michelle Esquivel is an American pickleball player, instructor, and coach who founded the Ultimate Pickleball Academy. In college, she played and coached tennis. This made it easy for her to switch to pickleball and for the community to quickly appreciate her for her passion and love of the sport.

Collection of drawings of Michelle Esquivel in pickleball postures
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Nationality: United States

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Simone Jardim

Simone Jardim is America’s most recognizable promoter of pickleball sports. Simone is the only woman with the US Open Singles title and also one of the most decorated in the sport, with ninety medals — seventy being gold. She has her roots in Brazil and ascended to pickleball after being on the tennis court to become a two-time US Open Triple Crown winner, nine-Time US Open Pro Division Champion/Gold Medalist, Five-Time USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) National Championship Pro Division Gold Medalist, and Six-Time Tournament of Champions Pro Division Gold Medalist. She runs the Peak Performance Pickleball Academy for those who want to advance their skills in pickleball.

Series of elevation drawings of Simone Jardim in pickleball positions
Simone Jardim is America’s most recognizable promoter of pickleball sports. Simone is the only woman with the US Open Singles title and also one of the most decorated in the sport, with ninety medals — seventy being gold. She has her roots in Brazil and ascended to pickleball after tennis.

Series of elevation drawings of Simone Jardim in pickleball positions
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Kyle Yates

Kyle Yates is a former American tennis player introduced to pickleball by his uncle. He quickly adapted to the sport winning gold in his first USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) National tournament in 2014. After going professional and playing full time, he won a Grand Slam in 2016 of men’s double (the US Open, Tournament of Champions, and the USAPA Nationals). Kyle was later ranked world number one in men’s doubles in 2018 by World Pickleball Federation (WPF), and later won ten gold medals in mixed doubles, two in singles events, and one bronze in mixed doubles besides others, like US Open pro doubles titles and two TOC pro doubles titles.

Collection of drawings of Kyle Yates in pickleball poses
Kyle Yates is a former American tennis player introduced to pickleball by his uncle. He quickly adapted to the sport winning gold in his first USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) National tournament in 2014. After going professional and playing full time, he won a Grand Slam in 2016 in men’s double.

Collection of drawings of Kyle Yates in pickleball poses
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Nationality: United States

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