SYC Pickleball

FUN for all AGES!!


Is “Pickleball” a new sport?

Yep, it’s a whole new ball game. Actually, it’s not. Pickleball was invented in 1965. No one is quite sure why it is called Pickleball, since no pickles are used in the game. There are a lot of theories, but that’s not our concern. All that matters is that it’s REALLY FUN! Over the past 5 decades the sport has grown in popularity. You can find Pickleball Courts, Clubs, Tournaments, and Players in all 50 states and across the continent.

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong with a hint of badminton sprinkled in. It is played on a court about one-quarter the size of a tennis court. Players use lightweight paddles and perforated plastic balls that favor long rallies, volleys and groundstrokes similar to tennis. The game is simple to learn and scoring is basic. Most games are simply played to 11 points, win by 2. The only tricky thing is that you can only score on your serve or your partners serve, much like volleyball. The game is played with 2 or 4 players.

Can anyone play?

Yes! Yes! And Yes! That’s the beauty of this game. Ages 5 to 95, can absolutely master the game of Pickleball. Along with being a great family game, it’s perfect for active seniors. Pickleball helps with balance, agility, and stress, along with being a great low impact cardio workout!

For more information on Pickleball, please contact the SYC Tennis Director, John Hendrickson.

John Hendrickson, Tennis Director
NASM Certified Personal Trainer | USPTA Tennis Professional


7:00 – 10:00am
6:00 – 7:30pm

7:00 – 10:00am
6:00 – 7:30pm

7:00 – 10:00am

8:00 – 10:00am

There are no court reservations necessary, but members are encourage to come at the drop-in times above to meet other members to play Pickleball.

Members will need to check-in first at the front desk before going out to the courts. Non-members must purchase a day pass.  


The club has 4 paddles and balls at the front desk
available for member play at no charge.

Pickleball has a great fun/social aspect to it.  Whether you are socializing with your doubles partner, your opponents or those playing on other courts, pickleball is downright fun. Pickleball is not only great exercise, but definitely provides ample opportunity for laughter, fun, and new friendships.

Rules Summary

Basic Rules Overview

    • Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common
    • The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles

Determining Serving Team

  • Players use a coin toss to determine who will serve first. The winner of the coin toss will have the option to choose side or to serve or receive.

The Serve

    • The serve must be made underhand.
    • Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
    • The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
    • The serve is made diagonally crosscourt 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).

Service Sequence

  • Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault *(except for the first service sequence of each new game).
  • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right-hand court.
  • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left-hand court.
  • As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.
  • When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of the game*).
  • The second server continues serving until his team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team.
  • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right-hand court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
  • In singles the server serves from the right-hand court when his or her score is even and from the left when the score is odd.

*At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.


    • Points are scored only by the serving team.
    • Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
    • Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by 2.
    • When the serving team’s score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right-side court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left-side court when serving or receiving.

Double-Bounce Rule

    • When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
    • After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
    • The double bounce rule eliminates the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.

Non-Volley Zone

    • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 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.”

Line Calls

    • A ball contacting any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.”
    • A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and 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 is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side
      • The ball is hit out of bounds
      • 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


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We look forward to building a fun, vibrant and social Pickleball community at the club, with a variety of learn-to-play clinics, socials, and even round robin tournaments.

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