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The Pickleball Dictionary: Pickleball Terms that Start with the Letter “E”

Strategy & Technique Stacie Townsend 12-05-2019

Pickler created The Pickleball Dictionary, which includes all of the common terms, phrases, words, people, and organizations found in, on, and around the pickleball courts. Get your FREE copy of The Pickleball Dictionary today!


The pickleball terms, phrases, words, people, and organizations that start with the letter “E” include:

Earl Hill – Earl Hill was inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2018. Earl Hill was a board member of the USA Pickleball Association and founded the USA Pickleball ambassador program. Earl is also an early adopter of the sport of pickleball, as he started playing in 1985.

Eastern Pickleball Grip – The Eastern pickleball grip is universal or neutral, as this paddle grip allows you to hit both a forehand and backhand shot on the pickleball courts with the same grip. To find this Eastern pickleball grip, hold the paddle directly out in front of you with your opposite hand, such that the paddle face is looking to the left and right of your body. Take your hand that you hold the paddle with and place it on the face of the paddle. Slide your hand down the paddle face and shake hands with the paddle grip.

Eddie and Webby – Eddie and Webby are two friends that share their love of pickleball with the world over craft beer through fun-filled podcasts and videos.

Edge Guard – An edge guard is the plastic or rubber strip around the outer edge of a pickleball paddle. An edge guard provides additional support and a bit of protection around the edges of a pickleball paddle.

Ejection – An ejection is where a pickleball tournament director ejects a player (in other words, prohibits the player from playing in any further pickleball matches). An ejection will result after flagrant behavior by a player.

Electrum PickleballElectrum is a relatively new pickleball paddle company on the scene, known for its sleek black look.

Eleven – Most pickleball games are played to 11, win by 2.

EngagePickleballEngage is a pickleball paddle company owned by the Elliott family (one of the great pickleball families) and operated out of Oxford, Florida. Engage produces quality paddles, and is also known for its terrific pickleball camps and pickleball academy. Use “PICKLER15” for 15% off pickleball paddles!

Enrique Ruiz – Enrique Ruiz was inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2019 in recognition of his dominant play during his career, which included 10 national championships. He is also an ambassador that has helped grow the sport.

Erne – An Erne is a specialty shot on the pickleball court and is named after Erne Perry, who elevated the shot and first brought the shot into mainstream competitive play. The Erne is a shot where you hit the pickleball either (1) in the air as you are jumping around the non-volley zone or kitchen; or (2) after you run around or through the non-volley zone or kitchen and re-establish your feet out of bounds, just to the side of the non-volley zone or kitchen. 

Error – An error on the pickleball courts can lead to points for your opponents and missed opportunities for you and your partner. To improve your pickleball game, drill and practice to improve your fundamentals and reduce your unforced errors.

ESPN – ESPN has been known to broadcast some high-quality pickleball, as ESPN3 showcased the pro finals from the USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells, California. Hopefully, ESPN will continue to broadcast and share our great sport of pickleball to the masses!

Even (Right) Side – The even (right) side of the pickleball court is where each pickleball game starts, as the first serve of each side will always start on the even/right-hand side of the pickleball court. If the serving team wins the point, then the server and his or her partner will switch sides of the court.

Everyone Can Play – What is great about the sport of pickleball is that it is a game for everyone, regardless of your age or skill level. Pickleball is a game that you can play for a lifetime!

Exercise – Pickleball is great exercise. In fact, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour on the pickleball court. What that translates to is: (1) pickleball is great exercise; (2) exercise gives you endorphins; (3) endorphins make you happy; and (4) hence, PICKLEBALL MAKES YOU HAPPY!

Execution – To play quality pickleball, you must execute. You must hit quality shots and minimize your errors. It is not enough to have the best strategy or idea on the pickleball court; you must execute!

Expel – A pickleball tournament director may expel a player for flagrant behavior (in other words, require the player to leave the venue and prohibit the player from playing in any further pickleball matches).

Eye on the Pickleball – Pickleball is a game of reducing your unforced errors and can be a game of inches. To help reduce your unforced errors and improve your pickleball game, really try to keep your eye on the pickleball all the way to and through the point of contact on your shots on the pickleball court.

Eye Protection – Eye protection is increasingly important on the pickleball court, as the sport is increasingly being played at a faster, higher level. Although eye protection is not mandatory, it is certainly a good idea!


Do you know any additional pickleball terms, phrases, words, people, or organizations that start with the letter “E” to add to The Pickleball Dictionary? Share with us in the comments below!


Updated as of November 30, 2020


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