The Pickleball court and the manner of play resemble Tennis Court in some respects. 10ft Tennis Court Fencing, 10ft Standard Fencing or 8ft Standard Fencing is commonly installed. 4ft Fencing is also used on some sides depending on the site layout.
Pickleball is an indoor or outdoor racket/paddle sport in which two players (singles), or four players (doubles), hit a perforated hollow plastic ball over a 34-inch-high (0.86 m) net in the middle using solid-faced paddles. Opponents on either side of the net hit the ball back and forth until one side is unable to return the ball or commits a rule infraction. Pickleball was invented in 1965 as a children's backyard game in the United States, on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. In 2022, pickleball was named the official state sport of Washington.
The pickleball court and the manner of play resemble tennis in some respects and ping-pong (table tennis) in others. The court is 44 feet in length and 20 feet in width. and the paddle is larger than the one used in table tennis. The rules, and the position of lines on the court, are specific to pickleball. There are two 7-foot areas (2.1 m) on either side of the net, known as the non-volley zones, where the ball may be hit with the paddle only after it has bounced. The non-volley zone is also referred to as "The Kitchen" as in "Don't hit the ball on a fly when you're standing in the kitchen." The official rules specify side-out scoring, meaning that only the player or team serving can score a point. All serves are made with an underhand stroke. The hard plastic ball used in pickleball produces significantly less bounce than softer, flexible balls such as tennis balls. The minimal amount of bounce, the non-volley zones, and underhand serve combine to give the game a dynamic pace and a choice of hitting strategies, ranging from soft dink shots that stay within the two non-volley zones to powerful drive shots and overhead smash shots. To minimize any advantage the serving side might have, the ball must be allowed to bounce on the serving side after the serve is returned. Once the ball has bounced one time on each side of the net, players on either side are permitted to volley the ball (that is, to hit the ball before it has bounced on their side of the net).