Come and play with us in the Pines! Do you know about pickleball? Maybe you do, but if not, pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. Due to the exploding popularity of this scores of years-old game, parks and recreation departments are adding pickleball to their sports programs. But what is pickleball exactly, and why is it becoming so popular?
What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a "paddle sport" that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a paddle and plastic ball with holes-- like a whiffle ball. The game is appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels. Basically, anyone can play. And the rules for pickleball are simple, making it a great introductory sport. But, depending on levels of play, pickleball can be quite a challenging, fast-paced, and competitive game when people become more experienced at playing.
Why's it so poplular?
The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) calls the sport, “highly contagious”! Why? Because it's a whole lot of fun, lots of laughter, enjoyment, and a chance to play with friends and make new ones.
Pickleball is Ideal for All Skill Levels
Pickleball rules are very similar to ping-pong, so it can be simple for nearly anyone to learn how to play the game. Doesn't matter if you’re a beginner who just wants to learn a new sport for fun, or you’re a seasoned racket/paddle player who craves the thrill of more competitive play, pickleball offers something for everyone.
Pickleball is a Very Social Activity
A Pickleball court is smaller than a tennis court, so the game allows players to be close enough to one another that they can talk easily. For family fun, or outings with friends, it's a wonderful opportunity to "bond" over an entertaining and social game AND have an enjoyable workout.
Playing Pickleball is Healthy for You
Wanting some good exercise for your mind and body, then Pickleball just might be for you. Improve balance, agility, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination without putting excessive strains on your body. It has to be acknowledged that Pickleball is a fantastic alternative for older individuals who used to enjoy playing tennis, but have developed a few physical limitations with age such as hip, shoulder, knee, or other joint problems.
Pickleball is in the White Mountains!
Below are a few links to Pickleball here in the White Mountains. Enjoy!