What is Pickleball

Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of badmintontable tennis and tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a plastic wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports: the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in North America. The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity within community centers, recreational facilities and retirement communities

Booking a court time

  • The ARC is open to beginner and intermediate level players
  • Call the ARC to book your court –  $5/person
  • The rules are posted beside the courts

Basic Rules

HAVE FUN! The game is played to 11. Players switch sides after the first game. 

You can only score points when serving. Both feet must remain behind the baseline until after the ball is struck. The serve must be underhand with the ball contacted below the waist. Serves must travel diagonally and land between the non-volley zone and the baseline of the service court opposite of the serving player (diagonal). Each player is allowed only one serving attempt unless it is a “let” serve. A let serve occurs when the serve hits the net and still lands in the correct service court. If this occurs, the serve is played over. Each player will continue to serve until he does not win a point. In doubles, the player on the right at the start of a service turn will be the first person to serve for their team and will continue to serve until he or she does not win a point. Then his or her partner will serve until he or she does also does not win a point. Then it is the other teams turn to serve. When the serving team scores a point, the server moves to the other side of the serving team’s court. The receiving team should never switch sides. In singles, the server will start and serve from the right.

The receiver should adjust their position according to where the server stands. Non-Volley Zone: To volley a ball means to hit it in the air without letting it bounce. All volleying must be done with the player’s feet behind the non-volley zone. Double Bounce Rule: Each team must play their first shot off the bounce. That is, the receiving team must let the serve bounce and the serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before playing it. After the two bounces have occurred, the ball can either be volleyed or played off the bounce. 

Faults – The ball may only bounce once per side. After a player hits the ball, it must travel to the other side of the net. If the ball hits one of the sidelines or the baseline, it is a playable ball. When a player or team fails to win the rally they are said to have made a fault. Some, but not all of the things that cause a fault is listed below: • Serving the ball into an incorrect area. • Hitting the ball out of bounds. • Volleying the ball before it has bounced once on each side. • Hitting the ball into the net or hitting the net with your paddle or body. • Hitting the ball while in the non-volley zone before it is allowed to bounce. • Touching the non-volley zone with your paddle or clothes while attempting to hit a volley. • Stepping on or over the non-volley zone line on a follow through. • Missing the ball when you try to hit it. • Server swings the paddle with the intent of hitting the ball but misses.


  • Paddles and balls will be available at guest services or beside the courts. 
  • There are 2 courts are set up in Rose Hall