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What are the basic rules for Pickleball?

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In Pickleball, one player serves diagonally, and the other player or team must hit the ball back after it bounces once. When a fault occurs by the serving team, the serve passes to the next player. When a fault occurs by the receiving team, the serving team scores a point. The first player to reach a set number of points, usually 11, wins the game, but teams must win by at least two points.

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Pickleball courts have a net in the middle and each side of the court has two sections, a left and a right. The server stands behind the baseline and serves the ball by hitting it with the paddle underhanded. The paddle must strike the ball below the level of the server's waist.

In singles play, the receiving player must hit the ball back after one bounce, and play continues like this until a fault occurs. In doubles play, one player can volley by passing to a teammate who then hits the ball back. Players can't volley in the no-volley zone, which is the area within 7 feet of the net.

A fault occurs if a ball bounces twice, a player hits the ball into the net, a team volleys in the no-volley zone or a player hits the ball out of bounds. In singles play, if the server faults, the serve passes to the receiving player. In doubles play, it passes to the other player on the team. Once that player faults, serve passes to the other team. However, after the first serving team in a doubles game faults for the first time, the serve passes to the receiving team.

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