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 playing sessions for 2 hours on average.
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 fcentred around short sharp volleys and strategic soft drop shots to outplay and out position your opposition.
If the serving team faults or misses the ball, they lose the 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.
Sydney Pickleball Club, NSW
I noticed the pickleball group on Meetup and I thought it was something I would like to try. It’s been a wonderful experience. The pickleball players have ben so welcoming, patient and friendly. I’m really enjoying the social side and have quickly become addicted to the game. I’d love to go to the US or South America for a pickleball holiday.
Brisbane Pickleball Club, Qld
My first introductory session was fun and it was easier than I thought! Quite a diverse group with ages 40-73. The instructor Mark was very helpful and patient with us and by the end of the session we were playing an actual game... Definitely coming back to play again!