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What is Pickleball

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Pickleball is a strategic game that combines everything you enjoy about tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It’s a simple, fun, and social game that everybody in the family can play.

On one Sunday afternoon in 1965, two Seattle dads, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell noticed their families were bored with nothing to do. Looking to alleviate this boredom, Pritchard hatched a plan to get everyone to his badminton court for a game of fun. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find enough rackets, so he improvised using spare ping pong paddles and a Wiffle ball. Just like that, a new game was born. That game is popularly known as pickleball.

racketball is a simple game that combines tennis, Ping-Pong, and badminton. It is played on a court the same size as a badminton court, with a net that is 34 inches high. To play the game, you need a paddle (think of an oversized ping pong paddle) and a plastic perforated ball that looks like a Wiffle ball.

Despite being around for over 50 years, racketball has only recently exploded in popularity. In fact, it is now the fastest-growing sport in the US, with 3.3 million players and 4,000 listed locations where you can play the game.


Why is Pickleball so Popular?

There are several reasons why pickleball is so popular;
•    The game is ideal for all skills levels and age groups. The rules of a racketball game are simple, and it’s easy to catch on even as a beginner.

•    It’s a social game. The USA Pickleball Association calls the game ‘highly contagious’. The gameplay allows players to be close enough to chat and poke fun as they play, making it all the more fun.

•    It’s obsessive. Once you pick up that paddle and hit the first ball, you’ll have a hard time stopping. The simple gameplay, the camaraderie, and the light workout make everyone obsessed with the game.

•    It’s healthy. Like all sports, playing racketball is a good workout. The game works on your agility, balance, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and lower body strength. Unlike tennis and other table games though, a pickleball court is quite small, so the physical workout is minimal, allowing kids and older people to fit right in.

Combining all these factors has made racketball the sport of choice in all recreational and government-owned places. You will be hard-pressed to find one park, street, prison, YMCA, or school without a pickleball court.

How to Play Pickleball

As said earlier, the gameplay is simple and easy to grasp. The pickleball court is set as a mini-version of a tennis court. There are service boxes on both sides of the net, and there is a no-go zone (kitchen) right in the middle.
To play the game, one player (or both if it’s a double) serves the ball with an underhanded movement from their service box and hits it diagonally to the opposite side of the net. The receiver hits the ball back, and this goes on until one of the faults.

Points are only given to the serving team, and they play to 11 points. The team that has two over, wins. According to the rules, you fault if the ball hits the net on your side, goes outside the court, or falls in the kitchen. The idea is to be strategic enough to ensure you always receive the ball properly and hit it to the other side of the net.

How is pickleball different from tennis?

The main differences between tennis and pickleball are that in racketball, you serve underhand, the ball has less bounce, there’s no doubles alley (singles and doubles are played on the same-size court) and there is a 7-foot no-volley zone, popularly called “the kitchen,” extending from the net.

What are the five rules of pickleball?

The five rules of pickleball are that the ball must stay inbounds, there should be one bounce per side, serving must be done at the baseline, the serve can’t land in the no-volley zone, and the game ends at 11, 15, or 21 points.

Why is it called a pickleball?

Joel Pritchard’s wife, Joan, started to call their game pickleball because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.” But according to Barney McCallum, they named the game after Pritchard’s dog,

What are 4 rules of pickleball?

“Area of the opponent’s. Court. They must serve by striking the ball underhand. And below the waist.”

pickleball equipment

The necessary equipment required to play racketball includes racketball paddles, pickleballs, a pickleball court, and a pickleball net. Tape may be needed to identify court dimensions and markings if an official court is not available.

pickleball court

racketball Playing Area:30 by 60 feet is the standard when converting a tennis court, but 34 by 64 feet is preferable for tournament play or if you will have a standalone racketball court

pickleball game

Pickleball is a racket/paddle sport that was created by combining elements of several other racket sports. Two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net. The ball is much like a wiffle ball, with 26–40 round holes.

pickleball history

How Pickleball Got Its Name. In the summer of 1965 racketball was founded by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Within days, Joan Pritchard had come up with the name “pickle ball”—a reference to the thrown-together leftover non-starters in the “pickle boat” of crew races.

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