A common question asked by first-time players of the game is, “Can you stand in the kitchen and spike the ball in pickleball?”
Of course, before you play any game, it is important to know the rules, and the same goes when playing pickleball.
Players are not allowed to stand in or make contact with the kitchen line while volleying the ball in pickleball. If you make contact with the kitchen area of the kitchen line while volleying the ball, your opponent will receive a point.
Pickleball is a fun and interesting game, but only if you know the rules. Getting familiar with the rules of pickleball ensures that you can play and win while having loads of fun in the process. Through the years, we have met many pickleball enthusiasts who have explained the rules of the game in detail.
As avid pickleball players, we can help guide you on the rules of playing pickleball, especially when dealing with “the kitchen” in pickleball.
Where is the Kitchen in Pickleball?
The kitchen is a slang phrase for the non-volley zone in pickleball. This is the area in the court that extends to either sideline and is at a distance of 7 feet from the net on both sides. The kitchen is well-known not just because it is one of the simplest rules to breach as a novice but also because it is a unique rule not seen in other racket sports.
The kitchen rule, simply expressed, prevents individuals from standing at the net and crashing everything down. Consider what might happen if players were permitted to stand near the net while playing. It would be impossible to play the game. That's why there's a kitchen.
One of the most fundamental factors to grasp when it comes to the kitchen (non-volley zone) is that it is the physical ground, not the area above it. It's fine to volley a ball while floating over the kitchen zone with your paddle and not while coming in contact with the ground or the line. The kitchen, also known as the "10-off" region in shuffleboard, is a location behind the principal scoring zones where players can lose points. So, in both pickleball and shuffleboard, the kitchen might be a poor place to be.
Pickleball “Kitchen Rules”
Pickleball is a sport that combines features of tennis and ping-pong to create its own distinct sport. Pickleball is an exciting new activity that has taken off across the country because of the mix of familiar components from other sports and specific pickleball equipment.
Pickleball may be played on any tennis court or specifically designed pickleball courts with certain dimensions. When utilizing a tennis court, make sure it's a total length of twenty feet by forty-four feet, with a seven-foot space on both sides of the net. The net should be strung at 36 inches in diameter, with the center at 34 inches.
The kitchen rule prohibits players from standing too close to the goal and smashing the ball over it. It would be impossible to have a fair and respectable pickleball game if the rule did not exist, allowing for more than merely slamming the ball over the net and onto the ground or your opponent.
A player can't go into the kitchen or touch the kitchen line unless the ball has bounced, according to the pickleball kitchen rule. When the ball is in play, a player, a player's clothes, or any part of a player's paddle hits the net or the net post. There has been a service rule violation. A player or whatever the player is wearing or carrying gets struck by a ball in play. When should you go inside the kitchen? As long as there isn't a volley in progress, anyone can enter the kitchen at any moment. The kitchen is a good place to smash groundstrokes. When a player moves out of the non-volley zone to strike a volley, both feet must be outside the zone before the ball is struck.
Keep in mind that your momentum won't get you inside the kitchen. Even if you successfully volley the ball at your opponent, you must avoid a mistake by staying out of the kitchen. Even dead balls can be blamed.
If a player spills whatever they are wearing or carrying in the kitchen, their opponent receives a point. This includes anything from your paddle to sunglasses and caps. It's still a flaw if your wallet or keys slip out of your pocket.
While volleying the ball, you cannot stand in it or make contact with the kitchen line. Your opponent scores a point if any part of your body makes contact with these regions. This regulation prohibits players from standing at the net for an extended period of time.
While volleying the ball, you cannot stand in it or touch the kitchen line. Your opponent scores a point if any part of your body makes contact with these regions. This regulation prohibits players from standing near the net throughout the whole game. Keep in mind that this regulation only applies when you make contact with the earth. Are you able to hit the ball out of the air from behind the line? Yes, but you risk breaking another kitchen rule, which might result in a fault.
But what if the ball lands on a short dink in the kitchen? You may still play it in the kitchen. The regulations outlined above apply solely to volleys and bullets fired from the air. Remember not to merely stand in the kitchen since this might be exploited by your opponent with a volley.
A player can be in the kitchen as long as you need to, but you must get out immediately. Before striking a volley, both feet must be in touch with the playing surface outside of the kitchen. The other player can be in the kitchen while you volley if you're playing doubles, as long as they don't contact you. New pickleball players may be perplexed by the cooking rules. You'll be ready to start a pickleball match after gaining a feel for the kitchen.
Pickleball is played on a 20′ by 44′ badminton-size court. To avoid "spiking," players on both sides will allow the ball to bounce at least once before volleying. Until they fault, you can continue serving, switching service courts.
To avoid "spiking," players on both sides will allow the ball to bounce one time prior to volleying. Until they fault, the server continues to serve, switching service courts. Your momentum from striking your groundstroke can bring you into the Non-Volley Zone without penalty regardless of where the ball falls on the court – as long as it bounces first. Just don't smash a volley in the kitchen on your next shot.
About THE AUTHOR
Since initially playing at the collegiate level, I have amassed several decades of experience playing racquetball, tennis, and pickleball. I have played thousands of matches and games, and won medals and awards in multiple tourantments. I am constantly improving my game and enjoy mentoring and coaching other players in strategy and technique. I have authored dozens of articles on the sport.Read More About Michael Stevens