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Pickleball Rules 0

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Basic Rules Of Pickleball

If you are just starting out, you need to learn the basic rules of Pickleball. The basic rules are quite simple, which is why the game offers tons of fun. The rules are so simple that you can get started straight away. Let's go ahead and take a look at the primary rules of the game.


Pickleball History

Pickleball is a game that allows all members of a family to participate in the game. Many of the rules come from badminton, ping pong, and tennis. The rules were introduced by the International Federation of Pickleball.


The Two Bounce Rule

You must bounce the ball twice (once on either side) before you and the other player hit the ball on the "volley" or in the air. When served, the ball bounces in the service court of the receiver. The serving team has to wait until the ball bounces again before they play the ball in the air.


The Non-Volley Zone Faults

The non-volley zone measures 7' X 20' feet on either side of the net. The player has to stay away from the net when playing. No player can step into or on the NV-zone or NV-line. Similarly, you can't drop any of your stuff in the zone or it will be considered a fault. Remember: this rule applies only when you are hitting the ball in the air or volleying the ball.



Typically, this game is played to 11 points. The winner must score another 2 points or they will continue playing until one of the teams wins by 2 points.

In case of a tournament, you can play the game to 15 or 21 points. Unlike badminton or tennis, the rules allow the serving team to win a point. On the other hand, the receiving team members have to get the side down and get the serve back prior to scoring points.

So, you get a point when your opponent commits a fault. You can read about the faults below.


the rules of pickleball


In pickleball, beginners find it confusing to score points. The first rule is that only the server can announce the score. You can't start unless you are on the right side of the serving side. You are the server #1 for only this sequences. Later on, your partner may take your position to begin and they get the tag of server #1. Keep in mind that you, the server, will lose your service if you get even one fault.



In the start of the game, both the teams can choose to play for serve thrice over the net before the ball is in play. Oftentimes, this rule helps players avoid blow out games and none of the teams get too many scores to start.

Also, the server announces 0, 0, 2  when making the first serve. The points are 0,0, and since the team only gets one serve, the number of the server is 2. And when the sides are switched, the other side gets two serves and the game continues until 11 points are scored.

The server should serve underhand touching the ball from below his waist. Also, the top of the paddle face should be under the wrist. The feet of the server should be behind the line of service when the ball comes in contact. The ball should be served to the opposite side diagonally in the service area. Also, the ball should not hit the non-volley zone or line. If the serve lands in the service area, it is known as a "let", which is reserved. The server should ensure all of the players are all set before serving the ball.

If you receive the server but your fellow player is not prepared, you can hold up your paddle or hand. If the server still serves you, don't swing and ask for a "let" since you were not prepared. If you return the ball, the point stands.  


Calling Lines

Like other racquet sports, Pickleball depends on the players' integrity. According to the rule of etiquette, players should be honest when calling the lines. Players call the line on their respective sides. If they are asked, they can make a call on the opponent's side as well.

If a team is unable to decide on a line call, the opponent will get the advantage of it. If an opponent is asked for an opinion, the decision is finalized.


Pickleball Faults

When a fault is committed, either a serve is lost or a point is earned. Keep in mind that only the serving team can score a point just like in volleyball. When the ball hits the non-volley line, for instance, a fault occurs. If the ball goes in the wrong court, it is a fault.

If you step on the non-volley line or in the non-volley court, a fault occurs. Similarly, if the ball hits the net or pole, it's considered a fault.  

When a ball hits beyond the boundary line, it's considered a fault. If it hits a player, a fault happens. On the serve, if the ball touches the opponent or the wrong court or is caught by the opponent, the fault will be on the receiving team.  

If a pickleball is crossing the boundaries, the other player is not supposed to catch it. They can catch it only if it bounces first. A hand jester can be made to indicate an out ball. However, it should be done without wasting time.  

If you fail to hit the ball even when it bounces twice, it's is considered a fault. On the other hand, if you hit the ball twice with your paddle, it won't be taken as a fault. If the ball touches any area of your paddle, It's legal.  

If the ball touches a player or their clothing while they are on or off the court, it's a fault and the point will go to the opponent.

  • Joshua Christensen

The 3 Best Pickleball Paddles 0


If you play pickleball, you may be looking for the best pickleball paddles. Opting for the best unit is not an easy job. In this guide, we are going to review the top 3 pickleball paddles that you can buy to offer your best performance.

It's important to keep in mind that we have ranked these paddles on the bases of how awesome they are, and how much impact they may have. These paddles can work for you throughout this year. So, they won't become outdated anytime soon. As far as the prices are concerned, they may continue to fluctuate. Without further ado, let's get to the point.


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#3 Paddletek Element

This is an ideal choice for beginners, intermediate and advanced level players.


  • USAPA approved
  • Handle length: 5"
  • Grip type: ribbed, stitched and perforated cushion
  • Grip circumference: 4 1/8"
  • Paddle width: 7 3/4"
  • Paddle length: 15 5/8"
  • Average weight: 7.6 oz
  • Face: polymer vinyl
  • Core: polymer

Although this paddle is not new, It's gaining popularity among a lot of players. As far as construction is concerned, there are not a lot of interesting things to say about this unit. It shares the features of a standard unit from all sides. The polymer core and traditional shape has the balance and consistency you need to play well.

However, what sets this paddle aside from the rest is the polymer vinyl finish, which is not very common on these types of paddle faces. In fact, the face looks quite like fiberglass. Actually, it's a polymer-vinyl finish.

The great thing about this Element is that most tennis players just love it. Although it has not fiberglass face, the plastic finish on it is quite rough. If you are an experienced tennis player, you will love this paddle. Also, forehand strokes are full of topspin and solid.

The Paddletek Element is going to be one of the best pickleball paddles this year as it makes the game much more enjoyable for the players. If you are already a great tennis player, you can use this paddle to get into pickleball as well.

You can find this Element in a variety of colors that you can take a look at on Amazon Here.



 gamma mirage pickleball paddle

#2 Gamma Mirage

Ideal for the players who have strong arms and love to use power.


  • USAPA approved
  • Handle length: 4 3/4"
  • Grip: Honeycomb cushion
  • Grip circumference: 4 1/4"
  • Paddle width: 8"
  • Paddle length: 15 7/8"
  • Average weight: 8 oz
  • Face: composite
  • Core: polymer

You may not have used this paddle, know that it's a hidden gem. You will just love seeing this paddle and most buyers have a surprised look on their faces. So, this unit is quite impressive.

Just like the Element, the specs of this unit are not much different from the regular units. But 8 oz is a bit heavier than most of the paddles you can see on the market. However,  it's not the weight that matters. The thing that matters the most is the weight balance.

As far as weight is concerned, this paddle is kind of "face heavy", which means most of the weight feels on the end of the paddle, not in the handle. Although the average weight of the unit is 8 oz, you will feel it much heavier. So, this combo gives a lot of power, which is why many people go for it.

The beauty of this paddle is that you can keep the touch and control that this polymer core unit allows you. It's great if you want to blow away your opponent with overhead smashes. Without any doubt, it's a mirage.

The good thing is that the grip is quite different than you can see on most paddles. Gamma put in bigger holes on the grip area for better absorption of heat. Although we didn't play using this paddle, we can say for sure that Gamma is awesome as far as the grip goes.

In this line, you can find tow other paddles as well. You can take a look at different colors on this page.


selkirk prime epic pickleball paddle

#1 Selkirk 30p XL Epic

If you need power, this one is an awesome all-around paddle for you.


  • USAPA approved
  • Handle length: 5 1/4"
  • Grip type: Gamma Pro-Lite
  • Grip circumference; 4 1/4"
  • Paddle width: 8"
  • Paddle length: 15 3/4"
  • Average weight: 7.5 oz
  • Face: graphite
  • Core: PowerCore

You can find two versions of this unit: the Enrique Ruiz and the regular one. Although both look quite similar, the regular 80p XL Epic weighs more.

Selkirk is popular for making proprietary polymer cores for their sturdy paddles. The great thing about Selkirk is that they don't compromise on the materials. In other words, the materials are of high quality in all aspects. You can find polymer core in the center, which is known as "PowerCore". It refers a plastic technology that can allow much more power. So, if you need this unit, we recommend it.

Also, this paddle is a great choice as the non-Enrique Ruiz version weighs around 7.5 oz. For most players, the weight is ideal and can suit a lot of people very well. Even if you are a beginner, you can give it a go. We bet you won't regret your decision.

While the weight allows you to give a quick response on the court, it still gives you enough power through its PowerCore. With this paddle, you can enjoy great smashes and drives. If you are a tall, strong woman but need more power, we suggest that you try out this paddle.

If you want to buy this unit today, you can check its latest price and other information on Amazon Here.


This is How Pickleball Started 0

Did you know that Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, an island just to the west of Seattle, Washington. How awesome is that?

Ultra Pickleball is not far from Seattle, Washington located in the beautiful Inland Northwest where Pickleball is becoming more and more popular. Ultra Pickleball is also very close to Spokane, Washington which is a beautiful part of the Inland Northwest. 

Pickle-ball® was the first game ever played inside the King Dome -- Seattle, WA (L-R) Project Manager - Name Unknown, Barney McCallum - Co-Inventor, Joel Pritchard US Congressmen and Co-Inventor, Bill Bell - Investor.   


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How Do You Choose a Paddle?

    Depending on the type of paddle you choose to play with will determine how much power and control you receive from that paddle. When a paddle has a lot of "Pop" it means that it generally has more power with minimal effort or less effort than other paddles. Paddles with more "Pop" can be great for players that have previous elbow injuries or suffer from to much shock when hitting the ball. The lighter the paddle the more shock you will absorb in your arm.

    Playing with more of a power paddle gives you more distance as well when you are in the backcourt. The obvious disadvantage to playing with this type of paddles is that if you are a beginner or even a seasoned player it is harder to control the ball. When you are playing in the kitchen area closer to the net it also makes it more difficult to "dink" and you will often be hitting the ball higher than you should over the net, thus giving your opponent a great shot in their favor. Power paddles are most often classified as graphite paddles, cork centered, and most fiberglass paddles. For control paddles, you will want to look at composite pickleball paddles.

    Overall, power paddles can be a great choice for more seasoned players or even those with a tennis playing background, but it will require some fine-tuning in your game. If you are willing to stick with it this can be a great advantage to you if you can master the power paddles. If you are just starting out in pickleball I would recommend a composite paddle which will provide more control on the courts, especially if you are playing doubles in pickleball. You can always work your way up to a power paddle if you want.


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    Pickleball Courts in Morro Bay Added 0


    We received this email from one of our customers and wanted to pass this along. This is great news for the pickleball community!


    "Dear Ultrapickleball,
    Thought you may like to post this in your blog  a video celebrating the first anniversary of permanent pickleball courts  in Morro Bay.

    This was a monumental task since the City was slow to approve the permanent courts even after we pickleballers submitted the plans and raised most of the funds for it.
    With Morro Bay’s  moderate temperature year round,  the courts has brought joy to many City residents and out of towners playing pickleball."
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    What is Pickleball Infographic 0

    What is pickleball? People often wonder what Pickleball is and how to play. Pickleball is a game that was developed to simply have fun and to be an easy game that anyone can play. It was invented during one summer in 1965 on Bainbridge Island just on the outskirts of Seattle, Washington. What once started as a game to keep the children busy during the summer has now exploded into one of the fastest growing sports and is receiving attention from some of the bigger tennis companies. 

    Wilson, know for its sports products for over 100 years started a pickleball paddle line in 2013 and has heavily invested into their paddle technology. We can be certain many more companys will soon follow their lead in the major sports brand industry. Here is a short simple infographic on the sport and how to play it. Please go ahead and share it with friends, family members, and anyone that asks you "What in the world is pickleball?"

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