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The Pickleball Dictionary: The B's of Pickleball

by Stacie Townsend 4 Comments

 Pickleball Dictionary: The B's of Pickleball

Welcome Back to “The Pickleball Dictionary”! Let’s Breakdown some of the common phrases, words, people, or organizations found in, on, and around the pickleball courts that start with the letter “B.”

Backhand – A backhand is a shot in pickleball where the back of your paddle/hand leads the way. Most players find that their backhands are weaker than their forehands. With that said, target your opponents’ backhands, which may lead to mistakes by your opponents and points for you.

Ball – To play pickleball, you, of course, need a ball! Good or bad, we, as pickleball players, have a slew of different brands of pickleballs to play with. What is your favorite brand of pickleball?

Banger – A banger is a pickleball player that loves to hit the pickleball hard. A banger rarely will dink and will mostly drive the pickleball. For strategies on how to defeat the banger, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Bainbridge Island – Bainbridge Island is a small island in the State of Washington where our great sport of pickleball got its start.

Bainbridge Cup – The Bainbridge Cup is an international pickleball tournament with a unique twist, as it puts Team USA up against Team Europe. Be on the lookout for the 2020 Bainbridge Cup, which will be held in England.

Baseline – The baseline is the back line of the pickleball court. A server must be behind the baseline when serving to start a point.

Ben Johns – Ben Johns is one of the top men’s pickleball players. He has won gold in all three major pickleball tournaments—the USA Pickleball National Championships, the US Open Pickleball Championships, and the Tournament of Champions. Ben is one of the most exciting players to watch on the pickleball courts.

Block – A block is a pickleball shot that you may use when you do not have much reaction time and you are trying to absorb the speed or power of the pickleball.

Blocker – A blocker is a pickleball player that is essentially a “wall.” He or she is able to block every shot you hit, as he or she usually has incredibly fast hands. For strategies on how to defeat the blocker, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Body Bag – “Body bag” is a verbal jab you may hear on the pickleball courts when a player strikes the pickleball and it hits an opposing player. This phrase has caused quite the controversy on the pickleball courts recently and has even been banned at certain tournaments.

Bounce – One of pickleball’s cornerstone rules is the two-bounce rule. The pickleball must bounce twice before any player can volley the pickleball out of the air. “Bounce” is also one word that many players use to communicate out balls to their partners – “Bounce!”

Broke the Ball – A recurring problem with various pickleball brands is that pickleballs break, especially when playing pickleball players with some power. Do you have any creative solutions for how to repurpose broken pickleballs?

Bracket – Brackets are common in pickleball tournaments, round robins, leagues, and other organized play. The bracket informs the players the structure of the play.

Can you think of any more pickleball “B’s” to add? Share with us in the comments below!

Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend


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Marie Cabral
Marie Cabral

December 06, 2019

Barney – one of the founder of PB

Deborah Baldini
Deborah Baldini

December 02, 2019

“BALL” shouted as ball rolls to another court

sandy bergeson
sandy bergeson

December 02, 2019

Ball machine…ie Lobster etc…used for drills.

John DesLauries
John DesLauries

December 02, 2019

Ball on or ball on court, occurs when a ball from another court enters your court, becoming a distraction. Typically, the point is played over.

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