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Description of Pictures: Welcome to the National Mall of Pickleball
For the first time ever, we’ll roll out pickleball courts on the National Mall for three days of exciting programming and activities, both on and off the courts. Whether you’re a pro pickler or a newbie, there will be something for all skill levels and all ages. And it’s all free!
Joining us on the court or in the stands is free, but caring for the National Mall is not. We welcome you to make a gift to help the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service protect America’s Front Yard for the next generation. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.
All you need is your sneakers and active wear. We’ll supply the paddles and balls (though if you have your own, feel free to bring). You can reserve a spot for you and a teammate to play or simply show up and get added to the walk-on rotation. We hope you’ll join us for this monumental event full of community, connection, and of course, pickleball.
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PICKLE_230929_072.JPG: Jeff Reinbold
PICKLE_230929_081.JPG: Catherine Townsend
PICKLE_230929_275.JPG: Pickleball Rules
National Mall of Pickleball
* Points are scored by the team that serves, and you play to 11 points. A team has to win by 2 points.
* When the side that serves has a score in an even number, the server for that team plays from the right side of the court. A score in an odd number means that the server plays from the left side.
* When you serve the ball, you must hold the paddle and the ball below your waist, and serve underhand.
* You serve diagonally cross-court. While serving, you have to keep your feet from touching the court or the sideline area, and keep at least one foot behind the baseline.
* Players serve until they commit a fault, which is any rules violation that stops play. The first serves are made from the right side of the court, and if the server scores a point, that player then serves from the left side.
* With the first serve of the game, that team gets only one chance to serve (until they commit a fault). But the opposing team then gets a chance for both players to serve (meaning until their team makes two faults). After this round, each team only gets one fault before the serve switches to the opposite team.
* There's a two-bounce rule. This means that each side has to let the ball bounce once before returning it. After the those two bounces, you can either hit the ball before it bounces (a volley), or off a bounce.
* There's a zone called "the kitchen" within 7 feet on both sides of the net. This is the "no-volley" zone - meaning you can only hit a ball from this zone if it bounces first. If you hit a volley when standing in the kitchen, it's considered a fault. It's also a fault if you accidentally step into the kitchen after hitting a volley, even if it's just momentum that sends you there.
* A ball touching any part of the line is "in."
* A serve that hits the kitchen is a fault.
PICKLE_230929_279.JPG: Jeff Reinbold, ???, Catherine Townsend
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