Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It's a sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
- A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis
- Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a low net (34 inches at centre, 36 inches at the side: essentially half-way down a badminton net pole support).
- Played with a hard paddle and a plastic whiffle ball.
- Here's a link to a news piece about the sport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2KNhIgOkXM (a 20 second advert may appear first but if you can stand waiting the few seconds the news piece is well worth watching if you would like to find out more about pickleball and see the sport being played).
A Game for Everyone
Pickle-ball is said to be one of the fastest growing sport in the US. The USAPA currently estimates there are now over 250,000 players actively playing pickleball. The sport is now also growing in popularity in the UK and I estimate that there are between 800-1200 active players here. Many PE teachers in the US use the sport to teach children raquet skills. Older players enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active while having a lot of fun playing the sport. Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and competitive tournaments are regularly played.
Players can wear just about anything comfortable: shorts, tracksuits, polo shirts, t-shirts, tennis-style dresses/skorts etc are all common. Comfortable trainers/tennis/badminton/squash shoes are also important. As for accessories, players may wear hats, visors, safety glasses, sweatbands and light jackets or sweatshirts for cold or outdoor play.