Pickleball is a sport that is growing in popularity. Pickleball is often described as a racquet sport that incorporates aspects of table tennis (ping pong), badminton and tennis. It is an accessible and intergenerational sport. On a court whose size is comparable to that of a badminton court, it is generally played in doubles. The basic equipment for playing includes a light racket and a perforated plastic ball. Both the movements and the rhythm of the exchanges evoke table tennis and tennis. Whether you're a novice or an expert, pickleball is an entertaining sport that offers many health and wellness benefits.
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The little story
In 1965, on a rainy summer weekend, three sports creatives came together and created the sport that was so popular more than 6 decades later. This is pickleball, a combination of badminton, table tennis (ping pong) and tennis. Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum invented this game to entertain their families. Today, for some enthusiasts it is more than a sport, it has become a way of life.
The name of the sport: how did they choose pickleball
How did the name come to them? Well, it's as simple as Pickles, Pritchard's pup, couldn't stop chasing after stray balls. Today, pickleball has taken the world by storm and is enjoyed by seniors and young families alike. Say that an animal inspired his name.
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For your health and well-being
It's a fun activity that doesn't require you to be in Olympic shape to participate. Whatever your age, you will become addicted. Because it can be practiced at any age, it is a sport that is both not too demanding and particularly family friendly. Compared to tennis, this sport is easier on the joints. You don't need a lot of equipment to play it. A racquet of your choice, balls, a court to play it and a partner to face and voila!
Let's start by discussing racquets, the essentials of this increasingly popular sport. Pickleball rackets have the advantage of being lightweight and convenient to use. Compared to those used for table tennis, they are larger. They are usually made of fiberglass composite, aluminum or wood. They are limited to a maximum size of 61 cm in width and length. A usual measurement is 20 cm in height (width). There is no weight or thickness limitation. A tennis racket usually weighs 220 g. We sell FRANKLIN or ONIX brand rackets in some of our Go Sport stores. Prices range from $22 to $85.
Next, let's move on to pickleballs. For this activity, a lightweight plastic ball with holes slightly larger than a tennis ball is used. An official ball weighs between 22 and 26 grams and has a diameter of between 7 and 7.5 cm. There are balls designed for indoors and outdoors, and there are no restrictions on the color of the ball.
Finally, the pickleball net is comparable to tennis nets. The height is 91.44 cm, and the width is 6.7 m. A permanent or portable net can be used to practice this sport. Although not as good as a pickleball net, a badminton net is suitable for beginners.
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Learn more about regulations
The rules are similar to those of tennis. You can play the game in singles or doubles.
When the opponent makes a mistake, the serving side scores a point.
The net is low and almost touches the ground in pickleball, which is the only slight distinction between this sport and tennis. The player must also change position with each service.
The game is won by the first team with 11 points and a lead of at least two points.
To try it is to adopt it !