Pickleball - What you need to know
Pickleball is a paddle sport you can learn in minutes and play for a lifetime. It brings together elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis to create a sport that’s fun for all ages and skill levels.
Pickleball is played:
· indoors or outdoors as long as it is a hard surface to ensure the ball can bounce
· as both doubles and singles
· using a solid paddle to hit a plastic “whiffle” ball over a net (3 inches lower than a tennis net)
A game usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes but players usually participate in recreational playing sessions for and average of 2 hours.
Each game starts with the serving team sending the ball over the net. The ball must bounce once on each side of the court before volleying can occur – that is the serve and the return of serve must bounce. BUT.. after this, both teams aim to be at the net where the game is centred around short sharp volleys and strategic soft drop shots to outplay and out position your opponents.
If the serving team faults or misses the ball, they lose their serve. But if the receiving team faults or misses the ball, the serving team scores a point. The first team to reach 11 points (as long as they’re 2 points ahead) wins the game.
Pickleball is easier than many other net sports.
I love the fact that I am hit by players of all ages and that there can be three generations on the court having a great game together. This sport is perfect whether you are 9 or 90 to help with an active lifestyle. Make sure you come along and have a hit at one of the many PAQ venues! We are here to stay!
We come in all shapes, sizes and weights but whatever one you pick up you will be pleased with the outcome when you get on the court. If you participate in an Introductory Clinic with one of our associations, you will be playing a game within an hour. The biggest problem I have is getting a rest as noone ever wants to stop playing once they start. See you on court!