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Playing Tip: Pickleball Language Primer

By CJ Johnson / July 12, 2019 /

A game as fast as pickleball requires an abbreviated pickleball language to communicate. One of the first phrases of pickleball language new players learn is the “non-volley zone,” the first 7 feet on each side of the net, is called the “kitchen.” A “dink” is a shot intended to land in the opponents’ kitchen. Yelling…

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Rule Review: On the Clock

By wearepicklebal / September 12, 2018 /

The clock matters only a couple times in pickleball.  The entire score must be called before the server begins his or her service motion. When all players are in place, and the score has been called, the server is permitted 10 seconds to serve the ball. If you can’t manage that, it’s a fault against you.…

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Rule Review: That’s Handy

By wearepicklebal / September 5, 2018 /

Perhaps unique to pickleball, a ball can be hit twice, bounced on your paddle, or “carried,” as long as this occurs during a continuous motion in a single direction.   The ball can also hit your paddle hand and still be returned legally. In fact, the ball doesn’t need to hit the paddle at all as long…

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Playing Tip: Get a Grip on Pickleball Paddle Care

By CJ Johnson / August 30, 2018 /

Taking care of your Pickleball Paddle is going to make it last longer and perform better. Paddles collect particles and body oils just as your sunglasses do. Grips get slippery and wear with time. Here are a few pickleball paddle care basics. Wipe the paddle face weekly with a mild soap and damp cloth. It will…

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Rule Review: Still The Most Misunderstood Rule In Pickleball

By wearepicklebal / August 22, 2018 /

During a recent referee training, I asked Mark Peifer, to shoot a rules video. It didn’t take him long to pick a topic, rule 6.D.12.   As a certified referee who officiates at many tournaments, Mark believes 6.D.12 is the most misunderstood rule in pickleball. We briefly discussed what he wanted to say in the video,…

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Rule Review: Why All The Different Pickleballs?

By wearepicklebal / August 15, 2018 /

Every player seems to have a preferred ball. While there are some differences, according to the rules there are a few things that all pickleballs have in common. You may think it’s just a whiffle ball, but those yellow rounds meet very specific requirements. The rules dictate the size and weight with only narrow variances. The ball…

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Playing Tip: That’s what Friends are For

By CJ Johnson / August 2, 2018 /

You always want a friend by your side. When you and your partner are together, you form a barrier that your opponents must penetrate. This is true whether at the baseline or at the kitchen line. You should try to move in unison back to front, side to side. The only time you start apart…

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Rules Review: Above the Net

By wearepicklebal / July 24, 2018 /

Sometimes it’s okay to reach over the net; sometimes not so much.  Here’s the difference. You may not cross the plane of the net with your arm or paddle before the ball comes to your side of the net. It is okay to cross the plane of the net after the ball has reached your…

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Playing Tip: Let It Go

By CJ Johnson / July 17, 2018 /

If only those high fast balls weren’t so tempting! Most of us love them, but we must learn to let them go. When you are at the kitchen line, and a ball is sailing at you shoulder high or more, it is probably going out. There is less than 15 feet of court space behind…

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Rules Review: Don’t Stop Playing Before a Legitimate Call

By wearepicklebal / July 10, 2018 /

A ball is not out of bounds until it actually lands outside of the court.   If a player yells “out” before the ball hits the ground, that “noise” is considered cross-talk between players. It is not a valid call. It may prove to be right, or it may not. But don’t stop playing. If…

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