Three Variations of Pickleball

Among his accomplishments as president of Western Colorado University, Greg Salsbury played a key role in securing the second-largest donation ever granted to a Colorado institution of higher learning. When not overseeing Western Colorado University’s expansion and growth, Greg Salsbury is an avid pickleball player.

Pickleball blends aspects of tennis and ping pong into a unique multiplayer sport. In addition to one-on-one variations of the game, there are several ways to play pickleball with an odd or even number of players:

Doubles: While many of this variation’s rules mirror those of one-on-one games, there are some key differences. For example, scores consist of three numbers. The first two represent the scores of the serving and receiving teams. The final number is either a 1 or a 2 and symbolizes the server number. 

Volleys: For situations where players cannot engage in a full one-on-one game due to injury or a joint condition, points can be scored based on consecutive volleys. Players can set their own criteria for scoring, for example, players must hit five volleys in a row before receiving a point.

Team Rodeo: Ideal for larger groups, this variation invites players to line up and take one swing at the incoming shot before handing the paddle to the person behind them. This fast-paced game uses the same scoring criteria as singles variations and can accommodate any number of players.

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