The Pickleball Dictionary kicks in to the “K’s”! 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 “K.”
Katie Dyer – Katie Dyer, a former collegiate softball player, is a top pickleball pro with a great two-handed backhand. Katie has countless medals from pickleball tournaments across the country, including a gold medal at the 2018 USA Pickleball National Championships and silver medal at the 2019 USA Pickleball National Championships.
(Aspen) Kern – Aspen Kern is a pickleball pro that is no stranger to the medal podium in large events. Aspen is also known for his operation of The Pickleball Forum on Facebook, which is a group with over 30,000 members that discusses all things pickleball.
Kill Shot – A kill shot on the pickleball courts is essentially a putaway shot. If your opponents pop the pickleball up, high above the net, hit a kill shot, put the pickleball away, and win the point. To learn how to hit the perfect kill shot, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.
King of the Court – King of the Court is a game you can play on the pickleball courts in either doubles, singles, or skinny singles, with a large group of people. One team (or one person during singles and skinny singles) goes to the opposite side of the court and is designated the “kings” or “queens” of the pickleball court. Another team (or person) challenges the kings/queens to one point or a series of points. If the challengers win, then they become the kings/queens and switch to the opposite side of the court. The next team (or person) then challenges the winning team, and the old kings/queens move to the back of the line of challengers.
Kitchen – What makes the sport of pickleball truly unique is the part of the pickleball court called the Non-Volley Zone, which is also affectionately called the “Kitchen.” The Non-Volley Zone or Kitchen is the 14-foot area in the middle of the court, which extends 7 feet on either side of the pickleball net. You may not volley (i.e. hit the pickleball in the air and without a bounce) the pickleball while making contact with the Non-Volley Zone or Kitchen.
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