The 10 Commandments Of Pickleball
We recognize that many people have different beliefs, but when it comes to pickleball, I think we can all agree on these 10 Commandments Of Pickleball! After all, this fun, social, mental and physical game has brought joy to so many people all over the world so it’s only fair to have these ten ‘rules’ detailing how pickleball players should play while on the pickleball court!
If you’re ever facing a challenging day of pickleball where maybe you didn’t win when you wanted to or maybe you were paired up with a difficult partner, remember to revisit these 10 commandments of pickleball and find your happy place again. Keep calm and pickleball on!
1. Thou Shalt Embrace Love and Respect
Treat thy neighbor, opponents, and teammates with kindness, fairness, and respect, just as you would like to be treated yourself.
2. Thou Shalt Value Teamwork
Work together with thy partner and communicate effectively when playing doubles, for pickleball is not just an individual sport. Teamwork makes the dream work.
3. Thou Shalt Honor The Pickleball Court
Play within the boundaries and avoid encroaching on thy opponent’s side, for integrity is vital in all aspects of life.
4. Thou Shalt Maintain Integrity
Acknowledge thy own faults and fouls; honesty is the foundation of trust and sportsmanship whereas integrity is the foundation to happiness.
5. Thou Shalt Seek Balance
Keep a balanced approach to thy playing style, neither too aggressive nor too passive. Both play styles are needed for a successful pickleball game.
6. Thou Shalt Practice Patience
Remember that pickleball is a game of strategy; patience can lead to a victorious outcome if thou waits for the opportune moments.
7. Thou Shalt Forgive and Forget
Let go of any grudges or ill feelings during the game, for a compassionate heart leads to a harmonious pickleball match and better future games from which thou can learn from one’s mistakes.
8. Thou Shalt Celebrate Victories Humbly
Rejoice in thy triumphs, but avoid gloating, for true champions show grace in both victory and defeat.
9. Thou Shalt Embrace Joy and Fun
Ultimately, remember that pickleball is a game meant to be enjoyed; find delight in each rally and every point.
10. Thou Shalt Begin & End A Game With Humility
Recognize that the joy of playing pickleball and the camaraderie with others are more important than winning or losing. Begin each game by greeting thy opponent & end the game with a friendly fist bump, handshake, or tap paddles as a respectful ‘thank you’ for the game shared.
Please remember that these “commandments” are meant for the spirit of sportsmanship and enjoyment in the game of pickleball, rather than a religious context. Enjoy your time on the court and play with enthusiasm and respect! Everyday, so many people (including us) are grateful that this wonderful game exists! Therefore, remember your 10 commandments of pickleball and you’re sure to continue enjoying pickleball for years to come!
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