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How to Play Pickleball

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Guest post by Pro Pickleball Player Tyler Loong

Have you heard that Pickleball is the fastest growing sport ever?

There’s a simple reason: it’s fun! Before you hop out on a Pickleball court, let’s go through some of the most basic rules on how to play Pickleball so that you can have fun instead of worrying about how to keep score.

Pickleball is generally played in a doubles format. However, there is the option to play mixed doubles or even singles.

Basic Pickleball Court Terminology Basic Pickleball Court Terminology

The rules for doubles are as follows:

  • Games are first to 11. The winning team must have at least 2 more points than their opponents to win a game. The team that wins 2 out of 3 games wins the match.
  • You can only score points when you are serving. If you win a point when you serve, you continue serving. If you don’t score a point on your serve, it is then your partner’s turn to serve. If your partner wins a point, they continue serving. If not, it’s the other team’s serve. Each team always gets at least 2 serves.
  • Your serve must be underhand and hit from behind the baseline. The serve must go crosscourt, clearing the opponent’s kitchen (non-volley zone).
  • 3rd Shot – When team A serves and team B returns the serve, team A must always let the returned ball (3rd ball) bounce before hitting it. The serving team cannot take the receiving team’s ball out of the air. They must let it bounce. After the 3rd ball is hit, anything goes.
  • While inside the kitchen (non-volley zone) you cannot hit a ball out of the air. If the ball bounces in this area, you are allowed to go in and hit the ball.

These are some of the most basic rules and by following these rules you will be able to play your first Pickleball game. Possibly the most important rule is: have fun!

To play Pickleball, you really only need a pickleball, some paddles, a court, and a few friends. That’s part of what makes it so fun. SnapSports now offers Pickleball courts in our new Revolution® PS (Pickleball Surface) with patent pending PickleGrip technology.

Contact SnapSports today to start on your new Pickleball court:



About the Author

Tyler Loong is a Pro Pickleball player based in SLC, Utah. At 28, he’s been playing Professional Pickleball for five years. His favorite shot is the Erne, and he is one of the few Pro players who plays left handed.

SnapSports Releases Exclusive Pickleball Surface

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

SnapSports® Announces the First Outdoor Modular Sports Surface Engineered for Pickleball Play

Salt Lake City based SnapSports Athletic Surfaces has announced the release of Outdoor Revolution PS (Pickleball Surface), the much-anticipated innovation to their already successful modular outdoor court line. The patent pending Outdoor Revolution is the first modular system engineered specifically for Pickleball play.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the US. It’s a paddleball sport comprised of two to four players using solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball. Historically, the plastic pickleball did not play well on any modular surface… until now. Working in collaboration with Pickleball players of all levels, SnapSports developed a new proprietary material formulation that gives the new surface superior traction and bounce with an excellent angle of restitution. Research and development for Outdoor Revolution PS included an invitation for top Utah Pickleball professional Tyler Loong to play on the new outdoor court and offer his feedback.

Tyler Loong tests SnapSports new Pickleball surface: Outdoor Revolution PS

Tyler Loong tests SnapSports’ new Pickleball surface: Outdoor Revolution PS

“I was skeptical at first when I heard about this material, but after doing research I learned that SnapSports designed a product specific for Pickleball. After playing on the court, I realized what all the hype was about! I instantly fell in love with this court and is now my ‘go to’ when playing with friends and family.”
– Tyler Loong, Utah Pickleball Professional

Professional and recreational players alike are raving about Revolution PS.

The new outdoor surface system provides increased traction for an unmatched “grippy” feel, superior ball bounce, and does not require a post tension slab—making it easy to install a court over almost any existing subsurface while guaranteeing tremendous savings in cost. Revolution PS is also ITF Rated 5 (fast), making it great option for Tennis and any other outdoor racket sports.

“We have a long history of inventing and developing industry changing products over the last 30+ years and this new product is one of the most exciting to date. Revolution PS is an Industry Game Changer, literally.”
– Jorgen Moller, CEO SnapSports

Outdoor Revolution PS is the latest in a long line of athletic surface innovations from SnapSports. With over four decades of backyard court experience, the SnapSports team has consistently been at the forefront of modular court technologies, including ShockTower® and TuffShield®. SnapSports manufactures 24/7 in their 180,000 square feet ISO 9001:2015 certified facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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