What Is Pickleball?
NBC Nightly News recently described Pickleball as “The Fastest-Growing Sport in America”.
A Lively Racket Game for all Ages and Abilities
Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, outside Seattle, WA. The goal of Pickleball then and now was to enjoy a game that was equally fun for every member of the family; all ages and all skill levels, and easy to learn and play. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with special Pickleball paddles. Indoor courts offer year-round opportunities to play and, in many cases, a more secure and safe venue for beginners and seniors. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball makes the game accessible to all while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.
In addition to the modified net and gear, there are several key rules in Pickleball that help make the game more accessible. In tennis and many other net sports, games are often won and lost by the power of the serve. In Pickleball, the ball must bounce once on each side before volleys are allowed. Also, the ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis ball and is usually white or yellow in color. This opens the game to more players and extends play for added fun.
A Game for Everyone
It is estimated that there are currently over 400,000 players actively playing pickleball.
· Pickleball facilities are located in all 50 states and in other countries.
· Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high schools.
· Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to compete.
· Many community tennis, racquetball and ping pong players are drawn to the competitive nature of the sport, are members of the Rossmoor Pickleball Club, and regularly participate in open play sessions.
A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. Nets may be permanently installed or portable to allow for their removal and the use of the court for other sports (e.g., badminton, basketball).
Are you looking to be a part of the fastest growing sport in the nation? Pickleball could be the right choice for you.
- The club is open to all Rossmoor residents.
- The game is fun and easy to learn with a variety of play options for everyone at any skill level.
- Beginners are welcome, and equipment and instruction can be provided.
- Pickleball is easier on the joints than tennis which makes it a great sport for all ages.
- Our club offers indoor as well as outdoor courts with schedules posted monthly.
- Please refer to the videos below for a demonstration of this fun game.
- For more general information, please visit the USA Pickleball Association website at www.usapa.org.
Come join the fun, we look forward to seeing you!
Dale Reynolds, President
For a quick look at the sport of Pickleball, view these short videos -
Videos to improve your game -
Rossmoor Pickleball Club Board of Directors – 2017
Linda Bower, Vice-President
Leanne Hamaji, Secretary
Roger Svoboda, Treasurer
Susanne Wong, Director-at-large