Rules are a modified set based on the USPA Official Rules
Arena Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles.
- The serve must be made underhand.
- Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
- The serve is initiated from behind the service line (3 feet from the back wall).
- The serve is made diagonally cross-court and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
- Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve and lands on the proper service court; let serves are replayed).
- The initial return of a serve may be volleyed if done so under-hand, however a volley is not required.
- The server has the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault.
- If a point is scored, the server switches sides laterally.
- As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching laterally back and forth until a fault is committed.
- The ball must land in the diagonal square, beyond the kitchen but before the opponents serving line.
- The server serves from the right-hand court when his or her score is even and from the left when the score is odd.
- The serve of each side-out is made from the right-hand court.
- After a server faults; at the next side-out the serve will go the partner.
- Points are scored only by the serving team.
- Games will be played to 11 or 15 points, and must win by 2.
- The ball may be played off the walls as long as the ball hits the playing surface first and has only bounced once.
Non-Volley Zone (the Kitchen)
- The non-volley zone is the court area within 5 feet on both sides of the net.
- Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.
- It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines.
- It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens.
- A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
- The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.”
- All line calls are “in”.
- A ball contacting the dead-zone where the wall meets the playing service will be ruled a fault.
- A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation.
- A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team.
- A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side-out.
A fault occurs when:
- A serve does not land within the confines of the receiving court.
- The ball is hit into the net on the serve or any return.
- The ball contacts a wall prior to contacting the playing surface.
- A ball is volleyed from the non-volley zone.
- A ball bounces twice before being struck by the receiver.
- A player, player’s clothing, or any part of a player’s paddle touches the net or the net post when the ball is in play.
- There is a violation of a service rule.
- A ball in play strikes a player or anything the player is wearing or carrying.
- A ball in play strikes any permanent object before bouncing on the court.
- A serve that contacts the net, passes over but falls short of the opposite quadrant is not a let.
- An over-hand volley on return of serve.
Determining Serving Team
Players will start a rally in accordance with listed the serving rules until one team faults. The team that did not fault will then begin the game by serving.