So, What is This Pickleball Craze All About?
Pickleball might be the fastest growing sport today. The USA Pickleball Association estimates that over 400,000 people are now actively playing. People of all ages have jumped on the bandwagon; seniors like the socializing and ability to stay active while younger generations enjoy the competitive nature of the sport. The game combines the likes of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is attractive to many players because it is simple to learn, but one can certainly advance their skills and play at a much higher level.
To play Pickleball, you need a court, 2 paddles, a plastic ball and comfortable clothes. A pickleball paddle is a bit smaller than a tennis racket but bigger than a ping-pong paddle. Paddles were originally wood but have advanced in materials and design as the game has grown in popularity. Now you can find them decorated in all colors in a variety of materials. Currently, it is popular to use bright neon colored paddles.
Many people use a whiffle ball to play, though the regulation pickleball is a bit smaller. They travel much slower than a typical tennis ball and are often white or yellow in color. Pickleball courts can be built right into your new or existing Sport Court.
Seniors account for a large proportion of pickleball players and are largely credited for the rapid growth in popularity, but there has also been a spike in the number of youth players trying the sport. Pickleball's fast play and high pace has grown it's popularity throughout the younger generations.
Ready to give pickleball a try? You can find a court in every state across the country! Study the official rules and regulations, work on your skills, and get in the game!
Posted on Thu, August 20, 2015
by Craig Jones filed under