Background of Pickleball
You may not have a clue what Pickleball is, but I can assure you that if you haven’t heard or played it, it will only be a matter of time before you do. Pickleball is a sport that was created in the mid 1960’s but is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. It has become so popular that many cities in Utah have started to build Pickleball courts in city parks. It sounds like a super weird game to play, but I can assure you that it has nothing to do with pickles. Pickleball is a combination between tennis, ping pong, and badminton. It can be played with 2–4 people on a court similar to the size of a badminton court with the net low to the ground like tennis. Instead of using a racquet and tennis ball, players use paddles made out of either wood or composite materials and a Wiffle ball.
Pickleball is different from other sports because of its unique rules. One of the biggest rules that sets it apart is how to keep score. A team can only get a point when they are serving and after every point teammates switch spots. To win the game you must score 11 points and be ahead by at least 2. Unlike tennis, when you serve you do it underhand. Another aspect that is really different is the fact that it is played with a Wiffle ball because the spin that you can put on the ball is a lot different than other sports. The different rules and equipment that is used is only one part of what makes Pickleball so popular.
All Ages Can Play
Another aspect of why Pickleball is so popular is because people of all ages can play the sport. Pickleball is played on a smaller court, so players don’t have to move around as much which is why many older people like to play it. Many retirement aged adults like to play it because they can get their exercise in a fun way without having to play on a big court like tennis. On the other hand, many teens and young adults find Pickleball very fun because you are able to have an intense game on a small court which means that you can use your hand eye coordination, much like you would if you were playing ping pong. When my friend and I first played Pickleball we played against a 75-year-old couple. My first reaction was to go easy on them but as the game progressed I realized that the couple was going easy on us. By the end of the game we had lost 11–3. At that moment, I realized that a sport that can let people with a 60-year age difference play together is special.
It is a Social Sport
Pickleball is also a way that many people are able to be social. Many cities, including my hometown have started to create Pickleball leagues where you can sign up into different tournaments. Many people love to sign up not only for the chance to play, but for the opportunity to meet other people in the community. Pickleball is a perfect place to talk to others because the courts are small enough to carry out a casual conversation even while playing.
Easy to Pick Up
Sports like tennis can be difficult to play because it takes a lot of time and patience to learn how to hit the ball properly without it sailing over the fence. It may also take forever to achieve a good serve in the box to start the point. However, when it comes to the game of Pickleball it is a lot easier to get the swing and service down because of the paddles and smaller court. Many players have felt that learning to play Pickleball is a lot easier than learning how to play other similar sports. Depending on how quickly you pick up sports or games, then it can possibly take you an hour or so to get the rules and techniques down for Pickleball. If you continue to play Pickleball over a long period of time then you can continue to build upon your skills and get really good.
It is Affordable
Another reason why Pickleball has become so popular is because it is very affordable. A basic set of paddles that come with a ball can cost between 25–35 dollars. These basic sets are great when just starting out or perfect for just casual play. They have higher end paddles that allow you to play at a higher level and those can start at 60+ dollars. If you are looking for a place to play there are several parks with courts or you can check out recreation centers or gyms. At Acorn Acres we also have Pickleball courts .
If you are looking for a fun, competitive, and social game that almost anyone can play than you should seriously consider starting with Pickleball. The popularity of Pickleball is only rising so you might as well jump on the train and have a blast! Don’t let the fun
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