The Quick Rules
- Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court (20' x 44') with a net in the middle.
- The server must stand behind the baseline and serve diagonally to the opponent's service court
- The serve must be underhand and made below the waist. It must clear the net and land in the diagonal service court
- The receiving team must let the serve bounce before returning it, and the serving team must also let the return bounce before playing it.
- After the initial two bounces, both teams can choose to volley (hit the ball in the air) or play it after one bounce.
- The ball must stay in play, and the point continues until one team faults (hitting the ball out of bounds, into the net, or breaking a rule).
- Points are scored only by the serving team. The receiving team can't score until they win the serve.
- The serving team switches sides each time they score a point.
- Games are typically played to 11 points, and players must win by two points.
- In tournament play, matches are often best-of-three games.
Keep in mind that these are general pickleball rules, and there may be some variations depending on the level of play, local rules, or specific tournament regulations.