Pickleball: One of the Fastest Growing Sports in America
With nearly 150,000 players worldwide, pickleball has infected the nation while combining elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Featured on NBC Nightly News and CBS’ Early Show, pickleball is a fast-paced paddle sport for all ages. The number of players in this social and diverse game has almost tripled since 2010. The sport is simple to master, easy on the body, addicting, and entertaining to play. Though it was introduced in 1965, pickleball earned national notoriety in the early 1970’s and was named “America’s newest racquet sport” by The National Observer.
Central Florida is the pickleball capital of the world, with The Villages housing over 100 courts. The sport has spread internationally to countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Pickleball an is engaging and exciting game and a serious sport for all ages.
Typically played on a 20 feet wide and 44 feet long court with a low net, pickleball uses large squarish paddles and small wiffle balls. The sport can be played with singles or doubles, and the first team that scores eleven points and leads by at least two points wins. Tennis and badminton courts can be easily transformed into pickleball courts.