Pickleball is one of the most popular sports in California and throughout the U.S. Whether on a multi-purpose game court or a standalone pickleball court, the game provides endless fun.
Introduction to Pickleball - www.usapa.org
Pickleball is commonly described as "a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton." Most commonly seen in North America, it is a sport enjoyed by all ages in schools, parks and recreation centers, camps and retirement communities. Pickleball is a simplified combination of tennis rules and strategies. Learn how to play below.
Pickleball was invented on Bainbridge Island by U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell and Barney McCallum during the summer of 1965 as a way to provide a sport for the entire family.
Initially, pickleball was played by families in their backyards, usually on a hard surface, such as driveways or residential dead-end streets. Since the mid-1970's, pickleball has grown from a family activity to a paddle court sport with formalized rules. Now, school P.E. programs, parks, recreation centers, correctional facilities, camps, YMCAs and retirement communities are all playing pickleball! It is becoming especially popular among active senior adults at community centers, high schools and college campuses.
The Pickleball Court
The pickleball court and badminton court are identical in size (20 feet wide by 44 feet long). The net for pickelball is set at 36 inches high on each edge and 34 inches in the center.
Younger players or those with limited degrees of mobility are still able to play due to pickleball's small court size. There is also a rule prohibiting volleying in the space 7 feet from the net. This equalizes play and reduces overpowering smashes near the net.
Students and teenagers often play pickleball during and after school. Schools have even begun hosting tournaments. In New York State alone, over 500 schools include pickleball in their curricula.
A pickleball is similar to a wiffleball, but is made with a heavier, more rigid material and has smaller holes. Typically, the sport is played outdoors with yellow or orange balls and indoors with white balls, but anything goes. Pickleball can also be played with high density foam balls.
Like a ping pong paddle, the pickleball paddle is solid and easily maneuverable with a turn of the wrist. Originally, players used wooden paddles, which are still used at many institutions. The best quality paddles are made of lightweight fiberglass due to their lower weight and higher durability.
Find Additional information at- USA Pickleball Association - official rules
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