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Unwritten rules in pickleball: manners and sportsmanship

Every sport has its unwritten rules, a code of courtesy and decorum that players should abide by. Pickleball, a fastest growing sport, is no exception. With a history spanning more than five decades, here are 10 unwritten rules every pickleball player should follow:

  1. Introduce yourself before the game: Introduce yourself to your partner and opponents at the beginning of each game to create a convivial atmosphere on the court.

  2. Learn and understand the rules: Familiarize yourself with the pickleball rules to avoid disputes and ensure fair play. Don't hesitate to ask questions if you are still learning.

  3. Considerate Spectating: As a spectator, refrain from making disruptive or disrespectful comments. Allow players to call out unless asked directly.

  4. Apologize if necessary: If the ball hits the net and dribbles over it or unintentionally hits a person, apologize sincerely. Courtesy and sportsmanship are very important.

  5. Pay attention to other games: Be aware of games in progress when entering or leaving the court and respect other players' space.

  6. Honesty is key: Call out the ball when it lands outside the boundary. When in doubt, give the opponent the benefit of the doubt. Foot faults should also be acknowledged.

  7. Clear Score Announcement: Announce the score loud enough for all players to hear to avoid score disputes during intense games.ermeiden.

  8. Safety first: Watch for stray balls entering the field of play and inform others immediately by calling "ball in play" or raising your hand to stop play.
  9. Sportsmanship: meet at the net after each game and tell the opposing team "good game" or "keep up the good work." Avoid walking off the court without acknowledgment..
  10. Fair court usage: share courts and allow all players to participate. If some players are waiting, take a break after a winning streak. Adhere to the current rules for court usage..
Bonus tip: Help weaker players: if you are an advanced player, occasionally team up with less experienced players and offer to help them if they are open to it. Respect their wishes if they prefer not to receive advice.

Remember to respect the local courts and show good sportsmanship at every pickleball game.

As always, if you have any further questions about pickleball, don't hesitate to contact our Pickleball Corner experts at
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