This is an abbreviated summary of the rules to give an overview of the game is played. For a more complete summary of the Pickleball Rules visit the USA Pickleball Association website at: http://www.usapa.org/rules-summary/


The Serve must be hit underhand with paddle contact below the server’s waist. The serve is made diagonally crosscourt as in tennis.

The first serve of each service sequence is made from the right-hand of the court.

If a point is score, the server switches sides and serves next from the left-hand of the court.

Once the service goes to the opposing team, the first serve is from the right-hand court and both players have the opportunity to serve and score points until they fault.

At the start of a game, only one player is allowed to serve and after loosing the point both members of each team will be allowed to serve once.

When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning.

After the ball has bounced once on each team’s court, both teams can either volley the ball in the air or play it off the bounce.

No volley is allowed within the 7-foot zone marked next to the net commonly called “the Kitchen”

Points are scored only by the serving team and games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.

A ball landing on any line is considered in, except the non-volley lines on a serve.


The USA Pickleball Association has adopted the rules of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). For the Official Tournament Rulebook   Click Here