Court Layout, Rules of Play, Court Etiquette
Pickleball courts are the same size as volleyball courts. Six Pickleball courts can be placed on two adjoining tennis courts. Although singles play is allowed, most play is doubles play, with two players on each side. Click for more information.
Pickleball courts require only a net and either permanent or temporary boundary marker. Portable, free-standing Pickleball nets are often used to allow indoor play in gymnasiums. Pickleball players use a solid paddle similar to a large ping pong paddle to hit the ball. Paddles cost from $60 to $150 USD and usually weigh about 7.5 ounces. The smaller court and lighter paddle make Pickleball popular with tennis players seeking a similar but less demanding game. Indoor and outdoor Pickleball equipment and play is similar, but indoor and outdoor balls are different.
Skill Level Ranking
Pickleball players who participate in tournaments are ranked and grouped according to their skill levels on a numeric scale from 2.0 to 5.0. Most players find that they enjoy the game more when playing in a foursome whose members have similar skill levels. Click the thumbnail to display the skill level assessment chart as a PDF document, or CLICK HERE for more information on how to assess your own skill level and identify the specific skills you need to qualify for a higher ranking.
There are hundreds of Pickleball training videos on YouTube. CLICK HERE for a list of training videos that club members have recommended.