Pickleball is played on a badminton size tennis court, which is 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. It has many similar rules to tennis where the outside lines are played as “in” if the ball lands on the lines therefore causing play to continue. Unlike tennis, there is a non-volley zone near the nets where the ball must bounce before you can hit it if in that zone. In addition, a served ball must clear the non-volley zone and its boundary lines and land in the correct serving court (or serving court sidelines and base line are also considered in) or it would be considered a fault. To see how this works, watch this VIDEO.
On a side note, the non-volley zone is also called “the kitchen” because of the phrase “best to stay out of the kitchen”. Yes, we can go into “the kitchen” anytime, but to WIN the game, STAY OUT of the kitchen unless the ball bounces in it – then you go in to hit it back – then get back out of the kitchen once again!
And last, the net is 2 inches lower than a tennis net. It is 36″ on the ends and 34″ in the middle. So if playing outside on a tennis court that has Pickleball lines, you will need to use the middle strap of the net to pull it down 2 inches. The sides will still be higher than they should be unless you bring them down 2 inches as well.