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Learn how to play the sport.

The start of a game begins with a serve. The player standing in the right service court is always the first server, whether at the the beginning of a game or on a side-out. Before serving the server must call the score. A Pickleball serve can be hit underhanded from behind the baseline cross court into the opposing team’s service court. You can also drop the ball to bounce and serve. If the ball hits the net and lands in the play continues. The serve must clear the net. Sometimes the ball will hit the net but still land in the correct serving court. If the ball hits the net and lands in the kitchen, it is a fault.


Its a fun game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. All ages can enjoy pickleball with it being a great introduction to racket skills for school kids and a wonderful game to extend people's racket playing careers. All of this in a lively social atmosphere. All you need to get started is a venue with a badminton court and some basic equipment. We will be happy to come along and introduce your group to the game. Come on what are you waiting for?

If you want some help to get started contact  one of our Ambassadors in your area or get in touch  

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Get to know the basics

Most people play doubles (2v2) because this is great fun and a little less tiring than singles. Scoring is like the old scoring system for badminton. Games are usually played to 11 points, and you must win by two 'clear' points e.g. 11-9 (if it reaches 10-10, then you would keep playing until one team are two points ahead of their opponents).  ​

The main strokes that you will eventually use include: underarm serve, underarm drop-shot (also called third-shot drop), volley, dink, lob, ground-stroke and smash.  But for the moment just enjoy hitting across the net!


What do I need to Play?

The easiest place to play is on a badminton court.  Lower the net height to about 1m (hip height).

You will need paddles and an airflow ball.  Get in touch for equipment advice.


As you play more regularly you can consider buying a composite paddle that will cost approximately £50-£60.


Pickleball Scotland can supply HEAD equipment, contact us for advice.

Download the rules here


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