Pickleball is drawing in new players as the sport’s popularity continues to rise by leaps and bounds. But with the increase in new players, the competition is heating up too.
If you’re planning on hitting the pickleball courts in the near future, we want to equip you with some helpful tips so you can ensure a clean, fun game for everyone involved.
Here are five things you do not want to do on the pickleball court.
You can thank us later.
Don’t interfere with the ball.
It could be the most obvious call in the history of pickleball, but, it’s important to let the ball drop on its own, without any interference, to prove that it’s without a doubt, out. Do not catch the ball with your paddle or hand anywhere on the court. The ball is not considered out until it hits the surface.
While you might be tempted to backpedal, it’s in your best interest to avoid doing so. Why? Because backpedaling can lead to mishits as you’ll be off balance and not in the ready position. More importantly, backpedaling can potentially lead to injury as you might stumble over your feet. And an injury means no pickleball—yikes! If you want to break your backpedaling habit, check out our Pickleball 101: Effective Footwork to help you become light on your feet.
Don’t worry about a missed point.
For the grandparents and parents of young kids, take Queen Elsa from Frozen’s advice and “Let it Go!” If you miss a point, realize your mistake but don’t let it cripple your performance. Take it in stride, shake it off and keep on playing. If you focus too long on a past mistake, you’ll risk making even more and lose additional points. The point is: focus!
As we mentioned before, pickleball’s popularity is growing by the day, and that means court space is at a premium. So don’t linger on the court before or after you play. While you’re entitled to your time on the court, don’t take advantage of it. Others want to play, too! So play some pickleball and keep it moving.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated.
It’s been a hot summer so far, and as you’ve been enjoying outdoor pickleball, it can be easy to forget to take water breaks because you’re having too much fun. But water breaks are imperative to replenish the fluids that you’ve lost from sweating. Speaking of sweat, if you noticed that sweaty hands are interfering with your superb pickleball performance, consider wearing sweatbands to help alleviate mishits and potentially launching your paddle out of your hands while making a play. Don’t have sweatbands? Don’t sweat it—we’ve got you covered (literally!).