Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sport in the United States! The game is fast moving and fun. It’s a great family activity and played by all ages. Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer wiffle ball. The ball typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball. Pickle Ball is accessible to a wide range of players including children and seniors!
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Rules of the Game
The five basic pickleball rules are:
- Serving must be underhand from the baseline, diagonally crosscourt, and the serve cannot land in the no-volley zone (kitchen).
- The serving player/team must let the return of serve bounce.
- The ball must stay in bounds during play and bounce no more than once per side.
- Players cannot hit the ball in the air when in the kitchen.
- Games are played to 11, win by two. Points are only scored by the serving player/team. There are more rules to the game, but these five will help you to get started. Have fun!
Easy to Learn
Whether you have zero athletic experience or you’re a multi-sport athlete, the rules of pickleball are fairly simple. All you need to get started is a paddle and a ball. With a shorter paddle, lighter ball and smaller court, pickleball is especially beneficial for seniors looking to stay active.
Pickleball offers aerobic exercise, promoting cardiovascular health. Since pickleball moves at a slower pace than tennis, it’s easier on the joints while also improving balance, coordination and agility. Plus, it’s a ton of fun!
Strong social connections improve quality of life and happiness. More than anything, pickleball is a social game. You never know who you will meet on the courts, and each time you play, you will probably leave the courts with a new friend for your next game!
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