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The Pickleball Dictionary: The C's of Pickleball

by Stacie Townsend 1 Comment

Pickleball Dictionary The C's of Pickleball

The Pickleball Dictionary Continues! 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 “C.”

Call the Score – How do you start each point? You call the score! Be sure to speak loudly and clearly, and call the complete score before you start any part of your serve. 0-0-2!

Catherine Parenteau – Catherine Parenteau, a Canadian native and former student-athlete under Simone Jardim at Michigan State Tennis, is one of pickleball’s rising stars. She recently took home a silver medal in the Women’s Pro Doubles bracket with her partner, Jessie Irvine, at the USA Pickleball National Championships.

CBS Sports – CBS Sports has been known to broadcast some high-quality pickleball, as CBS Sports showcases the pro finals from the US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida. Be on the lookout for future broadcasts from CBS Sports!

Center Line – The center line on the pickleball court extends from the non-volley zone or kitchen to the baseline, and divides the court in half. The center line is important on serves, as it operates as a boundary line for the applicable crosscourt service area.

Challenge Court – A challenge court is a common form of open play in pickleball, where a pickleball player or pickleball team states their intention to take on the winner(s). The winning player(s) will stay on the pickleball court to take on the next challenger(s), while the losing player(s) will rotate off of the challenge court and wait their turn for the next opportunity to challenge the winning player(s).

Champion – The winner of a pickleball tournament or another event!

Chicken Wing – The chicken wing is a good place to hit the pickleball at your opponent. The chicken wing refers to the area in your opponent’s paddle-side shoulder or armpit, which makes for a difficult shot for your opponent because they are likely to mishit the pickleball or pop the pickleball up for an easy put away shot for you or your partner. To learn how to target your opponent’s chicken wing, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Chip (Slice) – A chip (or slice) is a common shot on the return of serve that puts a lot of backspin on the pickleball. This spin causes the pickleball to float, which gives the returning team more time to move to the non-volley zone or kitchen line. This spin also makes it more difficult for the serving team to hit a quality third shot. To learn how to hit a quality chip (or slice), check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Club – There are hundreds, if not, thousands, of pickleball clubs across the globe. Pickleball clubs are so valuable because they help harness the culture of the great sport of pickleball and keep the game social at its core. What pickleball club do you belong to?

Coach – To really improve your pickleball game, you need to drill and work on your skills. Sometimes, having a coach is the best way to do this, as a coach can tell you proper technique, breakdown fundamentals, and keep you motivated. One of the best coaches in the sport of pickleball is Coach Steve Kennedy. To learn from the best, Coach Steve Kennedy, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Communication – Pickleball is often played in doubles; in other words, with a partner. For you and your partner to be successful, communication is imperative.

Community – Pickleball is more than a sport to so many people. This is because pickleball typically gives players a sense of community and a sense of belonging.

Competition – Pickleball is unique because it is a game that can be as social or as competitive as the players desire. Pickleball can be extremely competitive, just like any sport, and players can test their skills at tournaments, which are held at various locations across the world.

Compressed – One key to great pickleball play is staying low, compressed, and in an athletic position with knees bent. In other words, Pickleball Ready!

Confidence – Like anything in life, confidence is key and can make or break a player on the pickleball courts. What are you doing to improve your pickleball confidence? Check out Pickler’s The Pickleball Mental Edge for some tips to improve your mental game (including confidence) on the pickleball courts.

Continental Grip – There are various grips in pickleball. One common grip is the Continental grip. The Continental grip produces nice dinks and backhands, but makes it very difficult to hit forehand shots. To learn more about the Continental grip, and how to effectively play against an opponent with a Continental grip, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Consistency – Pickleball is a game of consistency—which player or which team can make the fewest amount of unforced errors on the pickleball court? If you can be more consistent, and reduce your unforced errors, your pickleball game will certainly skyrocket.

Corrine Carr – Corrine Carr is a renowned pickleball pro (and former collegiate golf athlete) with countless gold medals, national championships, and open championships on her resume. Whether on or off the pickleball courts or on or off the medal podium (although, she is frequently on the medal podium), you will always find Corrine with a smile on her face.

Court – To play pickleball, you need a court. A pickleball court can be dedicated or temporary, indoors or outdoors, painted, taped, or lined by chalk, as long as you have a space 20 feet by 44 feet (plus a few feet on the outside for room to play near the boundary lines).

Crosscourt – Crosscourt refers to the space on the court that is diagonal to you. Many high-level players will target a high percentage of their shots crosscourt because crosscourt shots will travel over the lowest part of the pickleball net (i.e. the middle of the net) and to the area of the pickleball court with the highest margin of error. Also, crosscourt dinks are generally more difficult for your opponents to attack.

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

Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend


1 Response

Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas

December 03, 2019

Cut Shot, a shot where the player hits at a downward angle on the back of the ball (usually a ball that is high and deep, like a serve or 2nd shot meant to push the serving team back). The shot travels on a line toward the feet of the other team and has a tendency to slide on the floor and have little bounce compared to other shots.

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