FAQ: When we're serving in pickleball, do we both have to stay behind the baseline?

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Q: When we're serving in pickleball, do we both have to stay behind the baseline?

A. The server must stay behind the baseline until contact is made with the ball. The server's partner can stand anywhere.

However, it is highly recommended that the non-server stands behind the baseline with the server until the second shot is hit (the return of serve). Both parties typically stay back until it's clear where the ball is going -- and whose ball it will be.

Many opponents will attempt to target the feet of the player who awaits the return of serve in the court. (And, oftentimes, this person starts to slowly creep even further into the court before the return of serve making it easier to get the ball behind them.)

May help you think "serve and stay" and "return and run."

In pickleball, it's easier to hit a ball in front of our body. And, it's difficult to break bad habits (like creeping into the court).