Common Pickleball Terms

Pickleball Coaching in Florida
Know Your Pickleball Terms

Learn your pickleball terms so you can play with others. Pickleball is not complicated and should be simple for beginners.

1. Serve: The first hit that begins a rally and is made diagonally crosscourt.

2. Fault: Any violation of the rules that results in the loss of the serve or point.

3. Dink: A soft shot hit from the kitchen, which lands in the opponent’s non-volley zone.

4. Drop shot: A soft shot that lands just over the net, often used to catch opponents off guard.

5. Lob: A high, defensive shot hit over the opponent’s head to the back of the court.

6. Smash: A powerful overhead shot hit with force, often used to end a rally.

7. Side-out: When the serving team loses the serve and the other team takes over.

8. Non-volley zone: A 7-foot area on each side of the net where players are not allowed to hit the ball in the air.

9. Double bounce rule: The rule that states that the ball must bounce once on each side of the net before a player can hit it in the air.

10. Kitchen: The area at the net that is also known as the non-volley zone.

11. Rally: A series of shots back and forth between teams that continues until a fault is made.

12. Fault serve: A serve that does not land in the correct service court or violates another serving rule.

13. Let serve: A serve that hits the top of the net and lands in the correct service court.

14. Poach: A strategy where a player moves into their partner’s side of the court to hit a shot.

15. Pickleball: A paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.