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

Strategy & Technique Stacie Townsend 12-28-2019

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

KaSandra Gehrke – KaSandra Gehrke is a pickleball pro from the Midwest, who frequently tops the pickleball podium. She is also a pickleball coach and known for her great pickleball clinics.

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.

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.

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.

Kyle Yates – Kyle Yates 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. Kyle is certainly one to watch on the pickleball courts.


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


Updated as of January 6, 2021


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