What is Pickleball?

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What is Pickleball?! I’ll tell you what it is! It’s a game created back in 1965 on an island in Washington state and its more fun that reading about it on this website! It started as something a couple parents invented for the kids to do to keep them out of their hair. It did not take long before the parents said, hey, that looks like fun! And pickleball was born!

Is pickleball for you? Absolutely! Pickleball is for tennis players, racket ball players, ping pong players and ANYBODY who has never ever picked up a racket, paddle, bat, softball, . . . polo mallet. If you are between ages 13 to whatever you can play pickleball. I played in a tournament against an 80 year old and was taught the game by a couple 70 year olds. It’s this simple, almost no one can learn to play tennis in a day but you can learn to play pickleball in 15 minutes and be playing your first game! Don’t believe me? You find me or one of my fellow pickleball ambassadors and we will show you what it means to have fun in 15 minutes or less! Conditional guarantee. Except New York.

So, what are the basics? (que elevator music please) Pickleball is a game that is played on a badminton sized court with the net at 34 inches in the center and 36″ at the sidelines. You can play on a tennis net with the center net lowered to 34″. It is played with a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball but harder) and wood or composite paddles (like oversized ping pong paddles). The ball is served like baddmitton, underhanded, scored like ping pong, you score only when you are serving, and you play like tennis. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Ok, turn off the music!

The wonderfull thing about pickleball is you can play it at your own pace. Slow, fast, whaterver, you will find players that play at your speed. One level of play is the social players who like the smooth pace and fun of just having a great time with friends. If your the competitive type then pickleball is your game to! Whether its the fast pace of singles play or doubles speed tournaments or Super Pickleball Challenge tournaments you will find the level of play that will blow your socks off and make you sweat like a hog!

So stop what your doing right now! Drop that cookie! Turn off that TV!(it was just poker on ESPN anyway) Put on those sneekers! Find out where they play in your town and just get out and have some fun playing pickleball! We have the paddles. We have the balls. We have the technology, I mean, knowledge to teach you to play pickleball! So get out there and have fun before we come looking for you! Take a chance to have fun. You never know, you might just get some excersise while your having fun. Pickleball Rocks! Sorry, that’s trademarked, Pickleball Rules!

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