Pickleball

THE GAME

Pickleball is a racquet sport played with a ball, paddles and a tennis net. The game is easy to learn. It can develop into a fast-paced competitive sport for experienced players. Pickleball is addictive. It is hard to find an individual who has played the game that does not enjoy it. Pickleball is a rare sport in that an experienced player 60 years old or more is able to compete with a younger athletic individual half their age on an equal footing. 


The pickleball is a whiffle ball. An outdoor pickleball has smaller holes then an indoor ball to reduce the effects of the wind. An interesting aspect of the game is the sound of the paddle striking the ball. The sound emitted while hitting the pickleball with the paddle is a bit of a "clunk". As most games are played as doubles, having four people hitting the ball back and forth there is a "clunk clunk clunk" sound. To the chagrin of some tennis players, pickleball players seem to enjoy the audio aspect of the game.

FOUNDATION & SPIRIT OF PICKLEBALL

First and foremost, the founders of pickleball wanted to design a game that was FUN!  It is well worth the time to view two videos with Barney McCallum.

SEVEN ATTRIBUTES OF PICKLEBALL


1.  ALL AGES 

Age 9 to 90s+


2.  ALL SKILL LEVELS 

Beginners to ultra competitors can play.

Try to match players of equal skill.


3.  THE PACE 

Pick-up the ball and serve it underhand.  

There is no waiting around.


4.  SOCIAL  

New friendships are made playing pickleball.  

Pickleball play is close-up and face to face

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5.  FITNESS 

Helps with stretching, movement, reflexes, balance, coordination.


6.  HEALTH 

Running, jumping, swinging, laughing.

Barring injuries, pickleball is sterling for one's health.


7. THE SOUND

The sounds of pickleball, especially in doubles play, says, "Action".


THREE KEY FUNDAMENTAL RULES TO PICKLEBALL


1. THE SERVE

The serve is easy. It is underhand and there is no bouncing of the ball.

Having only one serve helps the game move along at a brisk pace.


2. THE TWO BOUNCE RULE

After the serve the ball must bounce once in the opposite court.

The ball is than returned to the server's court & it must bounce a second time.

The two bounce rule helps prolong rallies & allows for a longer contested point.


3. THE NVZ (The Kitchen)

The "Non-Volley Zone" keeps taller players from standing next to the net

and smashing the ball down into the opponent's court.

The NVZ allows for a the dinking game to take place.

Pickleball Paddles

Pickleball

Pickleball Court Shoes