Why Pickleball is the Perfect Game to Start Playing

Find out how to play and why you should give it a try

Introduction

Pickleball, a sport often described as a combination of tennis, ping pong, and badminton, has been gaining popularity in recent years. With its simple rules and accessible gameplay, it is no wonder that many people are drawn to this fast-paced and exciting sport. Whether you are a beginner or looking for a new recreational activity, pickleball is the perfect game to start playing.

The Basics of Pickleball

Pickleball is played on a 44 by 20 foot court, with a net standing 34 inches high at the center and 36 inches at the posts. Each side of the court has a left and right service area, as well as a 7-foot “no volley zone” known as “the kitchen.” Players use short paddles and a wiffle-type ball, making it easy to pick up and play.

Simplicity in Rules

The rules of pickleball are simple and easy to understand. The serve must be made underhand and hit diagonally crosscourt. Unlike tennis, only one serve attempt is allowed, unless the ball touches the net but still lands in bounds. After the serve, the ball must bounce once before being returned, and both teams must let it bounce before hitting it back – this is known as the “two bounce rule.” Players cannot volley in the kitchen or let their momentum carry them forward into it. These straightforward rules make pickleball accessible for players of all skill levels.

Doubles and Singles

Pickleball can be played either as doubles or singles, with doubles being the most common format. In doubles, most games are played to 11 points, with a win by 2. The scoring system follows a “side out” method, where the serving team has the opportunity to score points until they commit a fault. In singles, “side-outs” occur at each fault, and the server serves from the right side when their score is even and from the left when their score is odd.

Why Pickleball?

Pickleball offers numerous benefits that make it an ideal game to start playing. Firstly, it is an inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. The smaller court and slower-paced gameplay make it easier on the joints, making it a great option for older adults or those with physical limitations. Additionally, pickleball promotes social interaction and community engagement. It is a game that can be played with friends, family, or new acquaintances, fostering connections and camaraderie on and off the court.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a new sport to try, pickleball should be at the top of your list. Its simplicity in rules, accessibility, and opportunities for social engagement make it a delightful game for players of all backgrounds. So why wait? Grab a paddle and join in the fun-filled world of pickleball!
Don’t forget to check out our beginner series, “Pickleball 101, 201, and 301,” to get a great introduction to gameplay strategy and more. Sign up now and discover the joy of pickleball. No paddle? No problem! We have complimentary loaners available for you to use. Contact our assistant program director, Lance, for more information and to register.

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