WHAT IS PICKLEBALL KITCHEN RULES
The "kitchen" in pickleball, also known as the non-volley zone, is a designated area on the court that extends 7 feet from the net on both sides. The kitchen rules are a fundamental aspect of the game, designed to prevent players from standing close to the net and hitting volleys (hitting the ball in the air) from this advantageous position. The key rule is that players are not allowed to hit volleys while standing inside the kitchen unless the ball bounces within the kitchen first.
This rule encourages strategic play and prevents overly dominant net play, enhancing the overall balance and fairness of the game. The kitchen rules add an extra layer of strategy and challenge, as players must carefully position themselves to control the game while adhering to the boundaries of this vital area.