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Is it okay to do that? It's not okay.

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

In fact, there's a whole etiquette to pickleball that we need to cover before we dive into the nitty-gritty of rule breaking and bad manners on the pickleball court.

Pickleball etiquette- the customary code of polite behavior (unwritten rules & manners) among members of pickleball.

3 Principles of Etiquette

  1. Respect for your partner, opponents and the rules of the game.

  2. Safety /Consideration for all players.

  3. Honesty/Fairness play "in the spirit of the game".

* Never applaud an opponents mistake or poor shot return, or criticize your opponents or partners play.

Do congratulate the other team when they make a great shot, by tapping your hand on your paddle

*Never swear, yell, or be sarcastic to any player. Abusive behavior should not be tolerated on or around the courts.

Do be a humble winner and a graceful loser.

*Never leave a game without acknowledging the other team.

Do find something positive to say to the other team at the end of the game. Meet at net, clink paddles, find something positive to say about their game.

*Don't hold the court for your friends to show up if there are people waiting and ready to play. Do keep games to 30 minute maximum if there is a line of people waiting.

*Don't walk behind a match until play has stopped, and their current point is over.

Do ask the players for permission to cross their court, and close the gate when you enter the pickleball court.

*Don't answer your phone during a game. We know it's hard not to look at your phone, but don't disrupt a game. If your phone rings during a match, it is a point for the other team.

Silence your phone, check your phone after matches.

*Don't switch balls with other courts!

If a ball comes into your court, stop play at once, and say "Ball on court." Toss them the same ball back.

Pickleball etiquette is a tricky thing. It is easy to get caught up in the game, but it is also important to be mindful of your fellow players. Our goal here at n2pickleball is to teach players how to be good sports. And we are doing that by sharing our "Pickleball Pearls of Wisdom" on etiquette and manners for pickleball players everywhere!

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Rob Goldsmith
Rob Goldsmith
Jun 17, 2023

Words of wisdom for sure! Individuals have an ethical responsibility to play at their actual skill level, but certainly the ratings system for players needs more work. A 4.0 gender doubles player that has earned that rating thru tournament play, is NOT suddenly a 3.5 or 3.0 MIXED player simply because they haven't played enough (if any) in mixed doubles. The current system allows for this and no one I know of, thinks it's a fair way to group players of supposed similar skill. We can do better! R G


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