Sennen Community Centre

sponsored by The Old Boathouse

Pickleball

Played In
Main Hall
No of Players
2 or 4
Equipment
Provided
Excited to dive into the world of pickleball? Join the club! Pickleball fever is spreading like wildfire across England, and trust us, it’s an absolute blast. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro itching to brush up on your skills, we’ve got everything you need to get in on the action.
Picture this: a fusion of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, all rolled into one epic game. That’s pickleball for you! Grab your paddle, rally up with two or four players (singles or doubles), and get ready to smack around a perforated polymer ball over the net. It’s fast-paced, it’s exhilarating, and it’s guaranteed to keep you on your toes!

Pickleball Court

Pickleball is played on a badminton sized court that is 20 feet wide and 44 feet long. The court is divided into left and right service courts by a centerline.
Each side has a 7 ft area called the non-volley zone, or ‘kitchen’, where no player can hit volleys from. Not even a toe can touch the kitchen line during a volley (more on that later). Now that we have the court set up, let’s get playing!

What you need to play

Net
The net is 36′ high at the sideline and 34′ at the center.
Balls
Indoor pickleballs have 26 holes, are 2.874 inches in diameter, 24g in weight and have a bounce height of 33 inches.
Paddle / Bat
Pickleball paddles are commonly made from materials like wood, composite, or graphite. Each material offers different levels of power, control, and durability.
All of which are supplied and included with your booking at the community centre, just grab a friend or 3 and come have a game.

How to play pickleball?

The Serve

The pickleball game and each rally starts with the serve. The player on the right side of the court, facing their opponents, starts the serve. You serve diagonally to your opponent, into the right or left service area: You can determine who starts the game any way you want ie coin toss or play a point for service.
A pickleball serve must be hit with an underhand stroke or backhand with contact below the waist. Your arm must move in an upward arc when you strike the ball. You can either hit the ball out of the air or drop the ball on the ground and hit it.
If the serve hits the net and lands anywhere other than in the correct court then it’s a foul. If the serve however hits the net and lands in the correct zone then this is ok.
If the ball hits the non-volley line when serving it is considered a foul.
The ball must bounce on each side of the net at least once following a serve before a volley shot can be hit. Any volley before hand will result in a foul.

Scoring A Point

A point can only be scored by the serving player. A point is awarded when your opponent is unable to return a shot or commits a foul shot.

A foul in pickleball is committed in each of the following instances:

  • Ball Lands Out Of Bounds
  • Ball Hits The Net and fails to go over
  • The ball double bounces
  • The player hits the ball more than once per strike
  • The ball hits the player
  • A player volleys in the non-volley zone
  • A volley shot is performed before the ball has bounced on each side of the court at least once.

Winning the Match

A match is typically best of three games, and the player or team that first reaches the agreed-upon points wins each game. Usually games are played until one player/team reaches 11. However you must win by 2 clear points so at 10-10 you would need to get to 12 to win the game.

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