Pickleball is a paddle sport combining elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton. The game is played both indoors and outdoors, on a badminton-sized court. The net is a modified (slightly lowered) tennis net. A plastic ball with holes, similar to a Wiffle ball, is hit with solid paddles made of wood, graphite, or composite materials. The sport can be loosely described as either "miniature tennis" or "ping pong on steroids"!
Invented in 1965, Pickleball has recently exploded in popularity, and is currently the fastest growing sport in America. The reason for this is clear: the game is easy to learn, yet hard to master. New players can quickly learn the rules and have fun their first day out. At advanced levels, the game resembles a chess match played at lightning speed, requiring strategy, reflex, and hand-eye coordination. Pickleball does not heavily rely on physical strength and running ability, so the game can be enjoyed and played competitively among people of all ages.
Because the small court size allows for conversation between players, Pickleball is also a highly social sport, guaranteed to have you smiling, laughing, and making new friends!
For more information, check out the videos below, and read the basic rules summary on USAPA.org.