Pickleball is a fast growing sport with a really funny name. This game combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong to create a fun and fast pace activity enjoyed by people of all ages. To play, pickleballers use graphite or wooden paddles to hit plastic Wiffle balls back and forth over a net. The first side to reach 11 or 21 points wins the match. Find out if starting up some beginner pickleball is right for you:
Played both indoors and out, pickleball is a versatile all year round activity. Outdoor games are usually played on tennis courts with slightly modified nets and court lines or dedicated pickleball nets and courts. Like tennis, Pickleball can be played in a singles or doubles format. The doubles format is most popular as it allows for more teamwork, communication and camaraderie.
For most people, beginner pickleball can be picked up after a few introductory sessions. This game can also get very addictive and competitive, as experienced players compete in tournaments and even the Senior Olympics. Pickleball is enjoyed by people of all ages, though the sport is most popular with older adults. Many municipal recreation centers have drop-in sessions where you can borrow a paddle and try the sport out for yourself. You can also find games for all levels—including beginner pickleball—at USA Pickleball Places2Play website.