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Where to stand as the server and other service rules — Tips for beginners from pickleball official Maddie Toren on SelkirkTV

By Maddie Toren

on Jun 30, 2023

Maddie Toren teaches beginners pickleball rules

In the latest installment of “10 Pickleball Rules for Beginners,”  professional pickleball official Maddie Toren breaks down five rules all pickleball servers should remember. 

Pickleball serving rules

The moment you make contact with the ball as the server, you should remember these 5 things: 

  •  At least one foot must be on the playing surface behind the baseline.
  •  Neither of your feet may touch the court on or inside the baseline, nor touch outside the imaginary extensions of the sideline or center line.
  •  You must serve to the correct service court — the court diagonally opposite to you.
  •  The serve CAN touch the net but must clear the non-volley zone (also known as the kitchen) and the non-volley zone lines. The serve may land on any other service court line. 
  • If the serve clears the net or touches the net and then touches the receiver or the receiver’s partner, it is a point for the serving team. 

    Service rules for players using wheelchairs

    Both rear wheels must be on the playing surface behind the baseline. The wheels may not touch the court on or inside the baseline or outside the imaginary extensions of the sidelines or center line. 

    Keep up with previous episodes 

    Follow the 10-video installment to learn all the rules and regulations every beginner must know before stepping onto the court. Check out the previous episodes below: 

    • Episode 1: The two types of legal pickleball serves

    Be sure to follow along for each new installment of the series. Download the Selkirk TV app HERE to watch other Selkirk TV original shows, podcasts, lesson series from the pros, and much more.

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