Introduction to Pickleball
You've probably heard of pickleball by now. It's a fast growing sport that's gaining in popularity among all age groups. But what is it?
Pickleball is a cross between ping pong and tennis. It's played on a badminton-sized court with a paddle and a plastic ball that looks like a Wiffle ball.
If you're thinking of giving it a try, or if you're just curious about what all the fuss is about, read on. We'll tell you everything you need to know, including how to play and where to find courts near you.
Pickleball was created in 1965 by two friends, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell, who were looking for something to do with their kids that wasn't as strenuous as tennis or as dangerous as golf. The original game was played with a wiffle ball and a plastic bat fashioned after a Ping-Pong paddle. Pickleball is played with two or four players use paddles to hit a small ball over a net, and the game is played in either singles or doubles. The rules of Pickleball are simple, and the game moves along at a brisk pace. Plus, it's perfect for any level of athleticism. Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned athlete, it's is a great way to get some exercise and have some fun.
So what's behind the pickleball craze? There are a few reasons.
First, It's a fast-paced sport that can be played by people of all ages, making it a great family activity. Second, it's a very social sport. Players often form teams and tournaments become quite competitive. Last, but certainly not least, it is just easy to learn. The basic rules are simple and anyone can be playing in minutes.
So what are the benefits of playing pickleball? It is a moderate-intensity sport that burns around 200 calories per hour, which is pretty good compared to other activities like golf or bowling.
But that's not all. Pickleball is also a great way to improve your hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It's a social game, making it the perfect activity for family get-togethers or gatherings with friends. And last but not least, it's just plain fun!
If you're looking to get in on the pickleball action, head over to your nearest park or recreation center! Most towns and cities have at least one public park with pickleball courts. New England is home to some of the best pickleball facilities in the country, so you're sure to find a court nearby. Near us in Woburn, MA there are tons of places to play, so show up, and meet some fun people and get playing.
If you're having trouble finding a court, or if you want to play in a more competitive environment, check out one of the many pickleball leagues that are popping up across the region. These leagues are a great way to meet new people and improve your game.
There's a place for you in the pickleball community. So what are you waiting for? Grab a paddle and get out there!
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