Learn The Basic Rules of How to Play Pickleball

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Faults: A fault is a mistake that results in the loss of the point. Common faults include failing to serve the ball over the net, stepping into the non-volley zone (often called the “kitchen”) during a volley, and hitting the ball out of bounds.

Out of Bounds: A ball that lands outside the court’s boundary lines is considered out. If the ball lands on the boundary line, it is considered in. Players are responsible for making their own line calls. If there’s a dispute, it’s common to replay the point.

Scoring: Traditionally, points are only scored on the serve. However, some players prefer to use rally scoring, meaning that a point can be won by either the serving or receiving team upon winning a rally. Games are typically played to 11, 15, or 21 points, and you must win by at least two points. 

Pickleball is a fantastic way to exercise and enjoy friendly competition. These are just the basics and official rules can be found at USA Pickleball.

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