The play is fairly simple. Each team member gets a chance to serve the ball underhand to the opponents. Points can only be scored when a team is serving. Games go to 11 points and a team must win by two points.

There is a restricted zone in front of the net called the No Volley Zone, NVZ  (kitchen). A player can enter the NVZ anytime you can only hit the ball in the NVZ after the ball bounces.

The game was created in 1965 when Washington state Congressman Joel Pritchard and a friend wanted to keep their families entertained, according to the USA Pickleball Association’s website. They made wooden paddles and hit a whiffle ball over a badminton net. They then devised simple rules so young and old could play.

When balls went astray, the Pritchards’ dog, Pickles, picked them up. Soon enough, the game became known as PickleBall.