Last updated on February 7th, 2023 at 06:43 PM
Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. It is played with a paddle and a wiffle ball on a badminton-sized court with a shorter net.
It can be played as singles or doubles, indoors or outdoors. It’s easy to pick up and can be enjoyed by players of all ages.
History of Pickleball
Pickleball was invented in 1965 by three dads who were looking for something new and fun for the kids. They adapted some existing sports equipment, including ping pong paddles and a whiffle ball, to create what we know today as pickleball.
Over time, the rules have been tweaked and the equipment has improved, but the original spirit remains the same: pickleball is meant to be an enjoyable game for people of all ages and skill levels.
How It’s Played
The game is scored much like tennis — points are gained when one team fails to return the ball successfully over the net. A player must wait until their opponent has hit the ball before returning it, similar to how you’d play volleyball or badminton.
The court size is smaller than a tennis court but larger than a badminton court – 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. The net is just 36 inches high at its centre point, making it easier for beginners to get involved in rallies quickly.
Benefits of Playing Pickleball
Pickleball is becoming increasingly popular because it offers several advantages over other sports like tennis or basketball. First off, it’s easy to learn — even if you’ve never played before, you’ll be able to join in within minutes after familiarizing yourself with basic rules and regulations.
Additionally, since it doesn’t require as much running as other sports do (the court size is significantly smaller), those who may not have enough space in their home gym can easily start playing without requiring too much space or energy.
Finally, pickleball can also offer an opportunity for socialization — many courts are designed specifically for group games so that friends or family members can play together!
In conclusion, pickleball provides an excellent way for athletes of all ages and experience levels to stay active while having fun at the same time! Whether you’re looking for something new and exciting to do with your friends or just want an alternative form of exercise that won’t put too much strain on your body – then pickleball could be just what you’re looking for!
With its simple rules and low-barrier entry, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try today! So grab your paddle (and maybe some friends) and head out onto the court — you won’t regret it!
To find the nearest place to play, pop your postcode into the club locator on the PickleballEngland website.