What in the World is Pickleball?

Pickleball has been around for decades but has been gaining momentum and popularity in recent years. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements from badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. It is lauded as a sport that was created for all ages and skill levels. According to USAPA.org, there are more than 15,000 pickleball courts in the US and at least one location in each state.

Basic information:

Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court. The net lays close to the ground similar to tennis. Players use a solid paddle to hit a perforated ball (similar to a wiffle ball) over the net. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles.

How to Play:

The game starts with a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will have the option to choose whether or not to serve first. The serving team may also determine who will serve first. Serves are made diagonally, starting with the right-hand service-square and alternating each serve. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.

Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed. There is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Points can only be scored by the side that serves.

For more information about Pickleball, visit: https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/ 

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