- Everyone was (or is) a beginner at one time and playing with people that are better than you or that are just learning will help all players, at all skill levels and keep the sport of Pickleball growing. Everyone appreciates the time given to assist all levels of players.
- If you are an “advanced” player, adjust your style when playing with less skilled players – work on your short game, work on ball placement.
- Mentor and offer advice kindly.
- Do not intimidate weaker players or dominate a game.
- Play to have fun.
- Recognize and compliment your partner and opponents when they make good shots.
- Apologize for bad or inappropriate remarks immediately.
- Call out the score every time you serve loudly enough so that your opponents can hear the score.
- Make ‘out calls’ loud and clear and only when you are certain the ball landed out.
- Do not chase the ball into another court. Call “ball” immediately when your stray ball rolls onto another court. No point is worth tripping over a ball and hurting yourself or other players.
- When retrieving a stray ball do not walk onto a neighbouring court – wait until the rally is over.
- When a ball rolls onto your court, stop play immediately. Pick the ball up, look to see where it needs to go. Make eye contact with the person that you are returning the ball to, then throw the ball to them.
- I will observe the Golden Rule of doing unto others as I would have them do unto me.
- I will always remember that pickleball is a game, and I am playing it to have FUN
- No point or game is that critical to ruin your day or lose a friend. In summary, be a positive minded player.