Pickleball is a  fast, fun and social game, with easy to follow rules, ideal for people of all skill levels. It uses a paddle with a plastic perforated ball on a badminton size court and a tennis type of net.

Pickleball was originated in the 1960s as a kids' backyard game. It is a paddleball sport that combines table tennis, badminton, and tennis using a perforated plastic ball and paddle. Pickleball is considered one of the increasingly growing sports in the United States. The sport's spread is credited to its popularity within physical education classes, public parks, community centers, YMCA facilities, and private health clubs.

Pickleball has become a compulsory high school sport in gym classes and has gained a reputation among youngsters as well as seniors. Schools often host Pickleball tournaments. For instance, in New York alone, it is estimated that over 500 schools include this sport in their curricula.

There are multiple tournaments played each year in the United States, including US Open Pickleball Championships and the US Pickleball National Championships, and many international tournaments.

Elements Used In Pickleball 

  • The Ball: pickleball ball is hard, hollow, and perforated. There are different balls for when you are playing indoor and outdoor.
  • The Paddle: HEAD offers different paddles to suit a range of skills (from beginners to advanced players). And it provides you the control, feel, and power you need to enjoy the game.
  • Wooden paddles were commonly used when Pickleball was invented, and they are still prevalent in many institutions due to their lower cost. The best paddles are designed with lightweight fiberglass because of their high durability and lower weight.
  • The Pickleball Court: The Pickleball court is rectangular, 44 feet long, and20 feet wide. The net is usually 36 inches at both ends and a little lower in the center, 34 inches.

The small court of this game allows younger players or those with varying degrees of mobility to participate in a way that the giant court of tennis sometimes forbids.

Basics Of The Pickleball 

  • The sport features a badminton court's dimensions and layout, a net, and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications.
  • 2-4 players use solid paddles (made of composite material or wood) to hit a perforated polymer ball.
  • Pickleball is a great game for players of all ages and skill levels.
  • Simple rules used in Pickleball make it a great introductory sport.
  • But for professional players, it also is quite a fast-paced, challenging, and competitive game.
  • Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors with a slightly modified tennis net and a badminton-sized court.
  • It can be played as doubles or singles.
  • A rule prohibiting volleying in the non-volley zone helps to equalize the game and reduce intense smashes at the net

Scoring Criteria in Pickleball 

  • The first player with 11 points wins, but you have to be ahead by at least 2 points. Only a serving team or player can score the points.
  • The first server in a team continues playing until they commit a fault, and then the second server starts playing until they make a mistake. Then the opposite team gets to serve.
  • When you are announcing the scores, you will first report the server's score, then the receiver's score. But in the case of doubles, you will either say one or two based on which server is starting the point.

Rules of Pickleball

In addition to the modified gear and net, there are several critical rules in the game that can help make Pickleball more accessible.

  • In this game, the ball must bounce once on each side before volleys are allowed.
  • Every point starts with an underarm help that hits diagonally, whether you are playing singles or doubles.
  • There is a two bounces rule: the returning player must let the serve bounce, and the serving player must permit the return bounce.
  • After that, you can play volleys, but not when you are standing in the non-volley zone close to the net.
  • It will be considered a fault if your ball lands outside the court or hits the ball into the net, and you miss the ball completely.

Why Is Pickleball So Popular? 

Here are just some reasons why it is called "Highly Contagious Sport" by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).

1. Ideal for all skill levels

Pickleball rules are straightforward and similar to Ping-Pong. It can be effortless for anyone to learn how to play the game. Whether you are a seasoned player who desires the thrill of a more competitive game, or just a beginner who wants to learn a new fun sport, Pickleball possesses something for everyone.

2. Best way to connect with people

A pickleball court is relatively smaller than a tennis court. You can easily convert one tennis court into 3-4 pickleball courts. So, if you are looking to bond with your family and friends, Pickleball provides you the opportunity to be close enough to one another that you can hold conversations. While also giving you the ability to fit in a fun exercise.

3. Great Exercise for your mind and body

Playing Pickleball permits you to work on your reflexes, balance, hand-eye coordination, and agility without putting excessive strains on your body. It is an excellent alternative for older players who cannot play tennis because of physical limitations (hip, shoulder, joints, or knee problems).

4. An affordable and popular choice for parks & recreation departments

If you want to add an exciting new program to your fun offerings this summer, Pickleball is the right option to consider. Many recreational departments have already repurposed tennis courts for pickleball sport. Because the installation of an outdoor pickleball pole is easy, and it can be played indoors and outdoors.


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