The dos and don’ts of pickleball: etiquette tips for new players

Oh, just behave!

As more and more people discover and start pickleball in 2024, it’s important to understand the rules and etiquette of the game. It’s really not that complicated.

Even though pickleball is relatively new, fun and very social, there are certain rules that need to be followed. Many of these are simply common sense… but in 2024 many people don’t have too much of it!

By following these basic pickleball guidelines, picklers can ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all. Those new to the sport should not be put off or hesitant to give pickleball a try.

We’ll cover what you cannot do in pickleball and pickleball etiquette to help new and experienced players alike get the most out of pickleabll.

What You Cannot Do in Pickleball

Pickleball has a few rules that may seem unusual or restrictive at first, but are necessary to maintain fairness and safety on the court. Here are the answers to some common questions about what you cannot do in pickleball.

See: The [absolute] worst 2023 pickleball rule!

Simple pickleball guidelines to know

Those are the very simple pickleball guidelines and each one is important. Sometimes those new to pickleball just jump on the court and start whacking the ball, talking trash and lots of showmanship (“showpersonship”?). The game require a minimum amount of decorum so please act accordingly.

And if that’s not enough…. some pickleball etiquette.

Pickleball Etiquette

In addition to following the basic rules of the game, it’s important to practice good sportsmanship and respect for opponents and partners. By doing so, players can help create a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone on the court. Here are some examples of pickleball etiquette.

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  • Wait for players to clear the court before entering. When entering or exiting the court, be sure to wait until other pickleball players have exited the court.
  • Calling the score clearly and accurately. Players should always call out the score before each serve and be sure to update it correctly after each point.
  • Avoiding excessive celebrating or complaining. While it’s natural to feel excited or disappointed during the game, it’s important to avoid excessive celebrating or complaining. No one likes a loudmouth.
  • Being mindful of noise and distractions. Pickleball is a fast-paced game, and players can sometimes get caught up in the moment. Be mindful of noise and distractions (e.g. banging paddles, shouting, etc.).

By following these examples of pickleball etiquette, players can help make the game more enjoyable for everyone on the court. Good sportsmanship and respect for opponents and partners are key to fostering a positive and inclusive pickleball community.

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