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Sun City Shadow Hills Pickleball Club

Club History

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The Beginning of Our Club

By Janice Volkenant – Founding Member

In December of 2010, the Phase 3 housing development was

in its infancy.  There was no Santa Rosa Clubhouse, no tennis,

paddleball or pickleball courts and no pool.  The only hint of

future lifestyle activity was a sign declaring “Pickleball Coming Soon”.  It wasn’t until November of 2011 that two pickleball courts, currently 5 & 6, and an all-sport court with no fencing around it were ready to go. There were absolutely NO players!  

I was intrigued by this oddly name sport and wanted to learn how to play.  I approached Gus Ramirez in IT at SCSH and asked if I could put up a sign to attract interest.  He not only put up posters with my name and phone number, but also advertised on the closed-circuit TV system.  This resulted in my receiving over 100 phone calls, but only 3 people who contacted me knew how to play.  Those people were Gary Kyler and Barb and Dan Shepherdson.

The four of us began playing with Gary taking the role of instructor.  As more people saw us playing, interest grew and more people wanted to join the fun.  Thus, our core group of four began teaching every Saturday.  Gary was instrumental, teaching anyone, anytime, even during the summers of 2012 and 2013. Most of our longest playing club members learned how to play from Gary’s instruction and he introduced over 200 people to the sport.

It became apparent that we needed to start a club to better utilize the two fenced courts and the all-sport court.  The HOA approved our charter in January of 2012.  There were seventy people who attended the first official meeting of the SCSH Pickleball Club, electing me, Janice Volkenant, President, Gary Kyler, Vice President and Barb Shepherdson Secretary/Treasurer.

The picture above features Janice Volkenant and Gary Kyler.   At the time we were hoping for 30 or 40 members but had 68 by April, 2012. The club was off and running!

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The Game of Pickleball

See our very own SCSH band "The Shadows" perform "Gimme Some Pickleball"! 

Band members include:  Rich Scales, Matt Felix, Dan Regeimbal, Chuck Eversole and Jay Rockbank

Rules Summary

The following is an abbreviated form of the rules to give a quick overview of how the game is played. Click Here to see the official rules.  If there is a conflict between this summary and the official rules, the official rules prevail.  

Basic Rules Overview

  • Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common
  • The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles


The Serve

  • The serve must be made underhand.
  • Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
  • The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
  • The serve is made diagonally cross court and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
  • Only one serve attempt is allowed
  • Lets are legal providing the serve lands in the correct diagonal court
  • Serves can include allowing the ball to be either tossed in the air, or dropped (not thrust) from your hand before being struck


Service Sequence

  • Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault *(except for the first service sequence of each new game).
  • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right/even court.
  • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left/odd court.
  • As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.
  • When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of the game*).
  • The second server continues serving until his team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team.
  • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right/even court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
  • In singles the server serves from the right/even court when his or her score is even and from the left/odd when the score is odd.

*At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team can serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.



  • Points are scored only by the serving team.     
  • Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
  • Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by 2.
  • When the serving team’s score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right/even court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left/odd court when serving or receiving.


Two-Bounce Rule

  • When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
  • After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
  • The two-bounce rule eliminates the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.


Non-Volley Zone

  • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
  • Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.
  • It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines.
  • It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens.
  • A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
  • The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.”


Line Calls

  • A ball contacting any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.”
  • A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault.



  • A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation.
  • A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team.
  • A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side out.


Determining Serving Team

Any fair method can be used to determine which player or team has first choice of side, service, or receive. (Example: Write a 1 or 2 on
the back of the score sheet.)



SCSH Pickleball Court Rules & Etiquette

  • Respect and common courtesy are always expected of all members.
  • Pickleball is an enjoyable, recreational and social sport.
  • Foul language or rude personal remarks should be kept to yourself.
  • Competition is also part of the game, and we all need to play in a comfortable atmosphere.
  • Once your game is finished, everyone leaves the court.
  • The receiving team determine questions about a ball being in or out.  If the receiving team partners disagrees, then the ball is in.
  • If members of your rating are waiting to play, you MAY NOT allow or invite others of lower or higher rating to play that game.
  • Call out balls promptly, only make calls on your courtside, and use voice and/or hand signals to call “out” balls.
  • Give the benefit of the doubt to your opponents.
  • Ensure you have proper court shoes. Do not run backward, do not over-reach, and it is OK not to return a shot.
  • Communication with your partner is always important.
  • Slamming is part of the game but should always be used in good judgement and not aim for the head area.
  • SAFTEY is our biggest concern; all players should always hydrate within their abilities.  There is a first aid kit in the Santa Rosa Club House.


In case of an emergency, call 911 and then go to the Santa Rosa Club House or call Security at (760) 345-4458

Adopted on January 9, 2023 by the SCSHBPC

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