Just getting started and looking for a place to play? Check out Darla Christensen's group Pickleball New Dinkers of Las Vegas on this site (Dinker's Calendar page) and on Facebook for an organized and welcoming way of being introduced to the sport. You could also venture down to the Plaza Hotel & Casino for some free clinics. Lessons are offered by a number of Certified instructors as well. Also, please reach out to one of the many local USA Pickleball Ambassadors that are listed on this page. They are available to help get you off on the right foot.
Go down this page to get up to speed on the rules of the game, as well as the many sites that you'll be visiting frequently as you journey into the "best sport ever." Have fun!
WHITEHEAD, SCOTT -- DIS’T AMBASSADOR (518-531-8933) [email protected]
CHESS, PATTI -- AMBASSADOR (702-277-7231) [email protected]
WESTMAN, GLENN -- ASS’T REGIONAL DIRECTOR (702-201-9801) [email protected]
VOKITS, BRIEN -- AMBASSADOR (702-234-3514) [email protected]
MCPRIDE, MICHAEL -- AMBASSADOR (702-575-1196) [email protected]
ROCK, NANCY -- AMBASSADOR HENDERSON (702-326-9287) [email protected]
DAGGER, SELINA -- AMBASSADOR HENDERSON(720-662-8671) [email protected],
KIRK, STEVE -- AMBASSADOR HENDERSON
LOPEZ, CELINA -- AMBASSADOR HENDERSON (702-601-3024) [email protected]
HAGBERG, JOHN -- AMBASSADOR LAS VEGAS(323-533-3880) [email protected]
STODDARD, KYLE – YOUTH AMBASSADOR IN LAS VEGAS
SANTOMAURO, RICHARD -- AMBASSADOR LAS VEGAS (702-970-7858) [email protected]
SADLER, JOHN -- AMBASSADOR IN MESQUITE, NV, [email protected]
CHRISTENSEN, DARLA – AMBASSADOR (801-450-0511) [email protected]
SPURLIN, TONY – COMPETITION CHAIR/MNTN REGIONAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, (702-493-1601)
1. Steve Cole, IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructor ([email protected]); 702-510-3180
2. Bill Batley, PPR Certified Instructor ([email protected]); 702-483-8023
3. Celina Lopez, IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructor ([email protected]); 702-601-3024
4. Mario Najera, IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructor ([email protected]); 702-675-2957
5. Kyle Stoddard, IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructor (([email protected])
6. Glenn Westmann, PPR Certified Instructor ([email protected]); 702-201-9801
7. Duke Komoto, PPR Certified Instructor, ([email protected] ); 702-727-9282
8. Trent Alenik, PPR Certified Instructor, ([email protected]); 702-767-7531
9. Patti Chess, PPR Certified Instructor, ([email protected]); 702-277-7231
Free Clinics at Plaza Hotel & Casino
Offered by Steve Cole and Bill Batley. Go and get free instruction from two of the best instructors; enjoy free open play; meet other players from around the Valley; and, top it off with free parking. What a deal!
Hey, wouldn't it be great to take your playing group down to the Plaza, get a lesson that will take your game to the next level, and have some fun practicing and playing on the Plaza courts.....all for free?
Better yet, let's get the word out to parents and grandparents to take their kids and grand kids to the Plaza on a Saturday morning and help them learn (from a Pro) the sport they'll be playing for a lifetime!
(Free Clinics offered on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Check with Steve or Bill for schedule. The schedule is usually posted on local Facebook sites)
See details for Volunteer positions on our News to Share page
As an aid in identifying the rule changes, please refer to the Rule Change document.
The serve must be hit underhand and each team must play their first shot off the bounce. After the ball has bounced once on each side (“double bounce rule”), both teams can then either volley the ball (hit ball in the air) or play it off the bounce. The "double bounce rule" requires that the ball must hit the court surface twice (once on each side of the net) before it can be volleyed. This eliminates the serve and volley advantage and prolongs the rallies. To volley a ball means to hit it in the air without first letting it bounce. Sequence: 1) serve; 2) bounce, return service; 3) bounce, return the return of service; 4) volleys are now permitted.
The non-volley zone (kitchen) is the 7-foot zone on both sides of the net. No volleying is permitted within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone. When volleying the ball, the player may not step on or over the line. It is a fault if the player's momentum causes the player or anything the player is wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone. It is a fault even if the ball is declared dead before the player touches the non-volley zone. A player may be in the non-volley zone at any other time. The non-volley zone is sometimes referred to as the kitchen.
The server must keep both feet behind the baseline during the serve with at least one foot on the court surface at the time the ball is struck. The serve is made underhand. The paddle must contact the ball below the navel. The serve is made diagonally cross court and must clear the non-volley zone. A serve landing in the non-volley zone or hitting the non-volley zone line is a fault. All other lines are good at all times. Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve, and lands on the proper service court). Let serves are now played per official rule change and bounce serves are permissible.**
At the start of each new game, only one player (Player on right-hand side of court) on the first serving team is permitted to serve and fault before giving up the ball (Side Out) to the opponents. Thereafter, both members of each team will serve and fault before the ball is turned over to the opposing team. When the receiving team wins the serve, the player in the RIGHT hand court will begin the serving sequence.
Points are only scored by the server or serving team. (See Rally Scoring exception). When the server wins a point, the server continues serving and moves to the other side of the court. Note that if the serve rotation is done properly, the serving team's score will always be even when the player that started the game on the right side is on the right side and odd when that player is on the left side.
Rallies are lost by failing to return the ball in bounds to the opponent's court; the serving team striking the ball before allowing it to bounce on the return of serve; stepping into the non-volley zone and volleying the ball (fault), or by violating the double-bounce rule (fault). The hand is considered an extension of the paddle. The player loses the rally if the ball hits any other part of his body or clothing.
A traditional game is played to 11 points and a team must win by 2 points. To speed up play, games can be played by scoring a point during every rally (Rally Scoring). Under Rally Scoring, games are typically played to 15 points, and team must win by 1 point.
Declaring the score before the serve: The Server shall announce his or her score, opponent’s score, and server number before serving the ball. At the start of a new game during team play, the server will announce: 0, 0, 2. The “2” technically means “second server” meaning only one member of the team will serve at the start of a NEW game. After the first serving sequence and side out, both team members will have an opportunity to serve. Each server, starting with the player on the right, will announce his or her team’s score (ME – my score), the opponent’s score (YOU-your score), and the server number (WHO am I, 1 or 2?). Remember, the player on right always starts the serving sequence.
Code of Ethics for Line Calling: Pickleball is played according to specific rules. It also requires a code of ethics for line-calling responsibilities when performed by players. Line calls by players are different than those assigned to referees. First, each player or team will make all line calls on her/his or their side of the net. If in doubt, you should ask your opponent if they had a better view. ALL players should operate under the principle that ALL questionable calls must be resolved in favor of the opponent. Please do not argue over line calls!
Singles Play: The server serves from the right side when his or her score is even and from the left side when his or her score is odd.
Official Rules: For a complete reading and understanding of the Official Rules, please click on Rules link above on this Resources page.