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What is the Pickleball Kitchen or Non-volley Zone?

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What is the pickleball kitchen area?  In pickleball, there is a designated area on the court known as the pickleball kitchen area. This is the non-volley zone that extends seven feet from both sides of the net and from sideline to sideline. It’s important to be aware of this zone when playing pickleball, as you can’t volley within this area. Violating this rule could result in a point being awarded to your opponent!

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What is the Pickleball Kitchen?

The pickleball kitchen is the non-volley zone of the pickleball court that extends seven feet from both sides of the net and from sideline to sideline. It is marked with white lines.

When pickleball players are at the kitchen line, they cannot volley the ball. If they do, it’s a fault and their opponents will receive the point.

The pickleball kitchen rule exists to keep the game fair and to prevent one team from monopolizing the court. By keeping volleys out of the pickleball kitchen, players are forced to move around the court and play a more strategic game.

Why is there a Pickleball Kitchen at the center of the court?

Pickleball originated as a backyard game and was played on a badminton court. A line already existed at 6’6″ on the badminton court, so it made sense to use it (it was later moved to 7′ for pickleball). The pickleball kitchen rule was created to keep players from smacking the ball as hard as they can right at their opponent’s feet, which would make the game less fun.

Pickleball kitchen area or non-volley ball diagram

What are the Pickleball Kitchen rules?

If these are the questions on your mind, then you need to relax as we will be answering all questions you may have regarding the pickleball Kitchen in this article.

Here are the pickleball kitchen rules that you need to follow:

  • All volleys must be done outside the kitchen: The Pickleball Kitchen is a non-volley area hence, no balls can be volleyed (hit without bouncing) while a player has his/her foot inside the kitchen.
  • It’s acceptable for your paddle or any part of your body to be over the kitchen line when volleying the ball but you can’t step on the line or step into the kitchen area while volleying.
  • No part of your body including your paddle can touch the kitchen line or kitchen area after volleying the ball (you can’t allow momentum to carry you into the kitchen after hitting the ball). If this happens then, you’ve committed a fault.
  • In a game of doubles, your partner is allowed to hold or pull you back from moving into the kitchen.
  • While playing, you can enter the kitchen area at any point in time but, you cannot hit a volley while you’re inside the kitchen area. To now hit a volley, you need to leave the kitchen area.
  • In the process of volleying, no part of your body or anything you are wearing should touch the non-volley zone or it would be counted as a fault.

If the ball bounces first then, all of these rules don’t apply. If the ball bounces first, you can step into the kitchen or step on the kitchen line. Even if the ball bounces inside the kitchen you can still hit the ball, only volleys are not allowed.

Here is a great video that will help you to visualize these rules:

Once you understand the basics of the kitchen – you can’t volley in the kitchen, the pickleball kitchen rules are pretty easy to understand.

So, next time you’re playing pickleball, be sure to stay out of the kitchen! Violating this rule could result in a point being awarded to your opponent. Pickleball is a fun game and following the rules is one way to keep it that way!

FAQ

Q: Can you volley in the pickleball kitchen?

A: No, you cannot volley in the pickleball kitchen. If you do, it’s a fault and your opponents will receive the point.

Q: What is the pickleball kitchen rule?

A: The pickleball kitchen rule is that all volleys must be done outside the pickleball kitchen. The pickleball kitchen is a non-volley area hence, no balls can be volleyed (hit without bouncing) while a player has his/her foot inside the pickleball kitchen.

Q: What is the pickleball no-volley zone?

A: The pickleball no-volley zone is the same as the pickleball kitchen. It’s a non-volley area hence, no balls can be volleyed (hit without bouncing) while a player has his/her foot inside the pickleball no-volley zone.

Q: What is the pickleball 7-foot rule?

A: The pickleball 7-foot rule is that all volleys must be done outside the pickleball kitchen. The pickleball kitchen is a non-volley area hence, no balls can be volleyed (hit without bouncing) while a player has his/her foot inside the pickleball kitchen.

Q: What is the pickleball non-volley zone?

A: The pickleball non-volley zone (NVZ) is the same as the pickleball kitchen. It’s a non-volley area hence, no balls can be volleyed (hit without bouncing) while a player has his/her foot inside the pickleball non-volley zone.

Q: What happens if you volley in the pickleball kitchen?

A: If you volley in the pickleball kitchen, it’s a fault and your opponents will receive the point.

 
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