If you are looking to take up a new, exciting, and easy to learn sport, Pickleball might be for you. Pickleball is a sport that is quickly growing in popularity in the United States and different parts of the world. It was created in 1965 by individuals looking to provide a recreational outlet to cure their families’ summertime boredom. Their main objective was to provide a game in which all individuals may participate and enjoy together as a family. Pickleball is an attractive sport to try because it has a lot of action which provides a fun and great group social interaction. Most everyone can play this sport: children, teens, adults, elderly adults, novices, and experts.
Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of various racquet sports like Tennis, Badminton, and Table Tennis (Ping Pong). Inventors of this sport likened this mixture of different sports to form one sport to the concept of bringing together leftover non-starter, non-varsity athletes during college crew rowing competitions and having them compete just for fun in what were called Pickle Boat Races. Thus, the name “Pickleball” was chosen for the name of their new sport.
Pickleball is played on a 20 ft wide x 44 ft long court that is the size of a Badminton court for doubles play and looks like a miniature tennis court. A net separates two 20 ft wide x 22 ft long sides of the court. Net height varies from the sideline to the center. The net stands at 36 inches high at each sideline and stands at 34 inches high at the center of the net and court. 7 feet away from each side of the net is an area called, “the kitchen” which is an area where no volleying is allowed. Between the end of the “kitchen” and baseline of each court, halves are a Right and Left service area that are divided by a centerline.
Pickleball equipment is very similar to Table Tennis equipment. Players use large paddles with extended handles that look like oversized ping pong paddles. The players use the paddles to hit a plastic ball with multiple holes. The ball used in pickleball looks like a small whiffle ball.
Pickleball can be an individual or team sport. It is played with one player on each side of the net (singles play) or with a 2 player team on each side of the net (doubles). Doubles play is the most chosen form of Pickleball. The same court and boundaries are used for both singles and doubles Pickleball.
Is pickleball easier than tennis? For the most part, the quick answer to this question is Yes!
Several factors make Pickleball easier than Tennis:
Watch this video to learn about Pickleball Injuries and How to Prevent Them.
Once the Pickleball match is over, a 10 to 15-minute cool-down period is advised to gradually reduce your heart rate and body temperature to normal levels. This can be achieved with gentle stretching and slow walking around the court. At this time, ice packs may also be used to address any post-play bone, joint, or muscle discomfort.
Read this article to learn more about Pickleball Injuries
Pickleball is a rapidly growing hybrid racquet sport in the U.S. that is easy to learn, inexpensive to play, and fun to enjoy with family and friends. This article also highlighted reasons why it is an easier sport than one of its predecessors, Tennis. Tips for beginner Pickleball players were also recommended. And information on Pickleball injury prevention was reviewed. Hopefully, this article has piqued interest in giving this new sport a try. Official Pickleball rules and more information regarding this sport are available from the USA Pickleball Association on the web at usapickleball.org.
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