Paddleball involves two individuals or teams, each of which tries to return a ball served by the other against a wall. Each team must hit the ball in turn, and the ball must bounce inside the prescribed playing area on the wall or floor.
Pickleball takes place on a court suitable for badminton. Each team tries to return the ball over the net until a missed return scores a point for the opposing team.
Paddleball games may play to 15, 21, or 25 points. Pickleball games only go to a final score of 11, but the winning team must score a two-point margin for victory.
Paddleball requires a rubber ball and a wall, while pickleball uses a hollow plastic ball and a net.
Paddleball courts measure 20 by 34 feet on the ground, with the wall's playing area stretching upward of 16 feet. Pickleball courts measure 20 feet by 44 feet, with a 7-foot "out" area surrounding the net.