The Kitchen: Pickleball’s Most Controversial and Fun Rule Simplified

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US. It is a relatively easy game to play (any age, any fitness level can pick it up) and its rules are simple, except for one, that draws a lot of attention. 

By reading this blog, you will quickly understand the kitchen and be able to take part in a fun filled sport at NewGen Racquet Club in no time. New Gen Racquet Club is going to have 8 brand new state of the art pickleball courts open in November, 2023. Here is the latest update on that front. 

So, what is this kitchen?

The kitchen is the name of an area in a pickleball court, specifically the 7 foot zone on either set of the net.  It’s boundaries are clearly demarcated by a white rectangular line.

You are not allowed to volley from inside that zone. For those who may not be aware, a volley is a stroke used in tennis where a player can hit the ball before it bounces on their side of the court. In tennis, the volley happens usually when the player is close to the net, giving them an advantage given their proximity to the net. 

In pickleball, you can only volley if the ball is outside that 7 foot zone. The reason is the returning player would have an unfair advantage given their close proximity to the net, and because a pickle ball court is smaller than a tennis court.

It is a good idea to mention this rule to your fellow players, especially if they are new to the game. For additional Pickleball rules, check out the The Five Fundamental Rules Of Pickleball here.

Sign up with NewGen Racquet Club, a brand new state of the art facility to help you achieve your fitness goals and to take joy in playing pickleball.

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