Pickleball: isn’t that a cute name? But pickleball is also a serious sport developed for seniors, but fun for people of all ages. Pickleball combines the coordination of tennis and racquetball with the low impact net games of ping pong and badminton. No, pickleball is not played by lobbing pickles over a net. Pickleball is named for a little dog called ‘Pickles’ who loved to chase tennis balls under bushes and hide them there. Pickleball is taking the nation by storm because it is easy to play, provides excellent exercise and doesn’t require expensive equipment.
Pickleball, like badminton, is an excellent sport for all ages. Pickleball is played on a regulation badminton court, but can be played easily in the backyard, school gym or on a tennis court also. Like team tennis, pickleball is played with two players facing each other across a net. The regulation pickleball net, like tennis, is lowered to 34 ” off the ground. This makes pickleball ideal for seniors as it doesn’t involve serving or volleying a ball over a raised net.
Pickleball racquets, like racquetball paddle, are shorter than tennis racquets, but slightly larger and longer than a ping pong paddle. The racquets have a square head made of wood or composite. The pickleball is very similar to a wiffle ball and is hollow plastic with slotted holes. A pickleball is much easier to serve and volley than a tennis ball. This is another plus for seniors who may require a low impact sport.
Pickleball makes an excellent sport for families with young children, handicapped people and seniors. Pickleball is also great exercise for obese people who are working their way into a healthy exercise routine. Pickleball is easy to organize. It’s interactive and provides an excellent, low impact workout. Many communities are building pickleball courts and organizing pickleball tournaments. And all thanks to a little dog who loved to play hide and seek. Click here for more on pickleball including regulations, rules and equipment options.