Posted 11.5.13 @ 10:30
If you type “Pickleball is” into Google you’ll get phrases like “Pickleball is fun”, “Pickleball is addictive”, and “Pickleball is easy to play”. But what the heck is Pickleball and why are so many people getting into it? Pickleball is a fun mix of tennis, ping pong and badminton; a lower impact workout on a smaller court means it’s an ideal workout for people of all ages and fitness levels.
What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a unique combination of sport and fun. Invented in Washington State in the 1960s, exploding in popularity in the last ten years, especially with Baby boomers. The ball is perforated, the size of a tennis ball (usually green or orange); the paddles are just the right size for easy grips – and the court is the size of a badminton court. Doubles, underhand serving, and rules that are easy to understand (the first to hit 11 points wins!)
The amount of players in the last three years alone has nearly doubled, and you can play it just about anywhere you’ll find a badminton court. It’s said snowbirds brought the sport back with them when they came home for the summer, wondering just why we don’t have it here.
Popular with Baby Boomers
Baby Boomers really love this game. People in their 50s and 60s, people that loved tennis and racquetball but their joints just can’t take it anymore, are able to get back into the game with a smaller badminton court. There are a dozen courts in the GTA and many clubs that have regular weekly games.
Everyone knows that an active lifestyle is important – but being active and social in your later years is one of the keys to longevity, according to recent studies. Most of us don’t like working out, but when you combine it with a social activity like Pickleball you really get the best benefits.
The Perfect Blend of Casual and Competitive Sport
For many, being able to get back in the game after pinched nerves and bad backs is a godsend. While the game can be fast and furious, especially when it comes to doubles, it’s still a lower impact activity compared with tennis played on a smaller court.
Most courts have 4-5 hour play times for casual players, and there are provincial championships going on regularly for those that attain true mastery of the sport. But for most it’s about having fun than anything.
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