Pickleball is a ball and paddle sport that includes elements of both tennis and ping pong. As a relatively new sport, pickleball is experiencing a period of rapid growth. Pickleball is a sport that people of any age can experience together. Get ready to learn about the exciting sport of pickleball!
A player or team wins once they have scored 11 points, win by 2, or 15 or 21 depending on the tournament style.
Each point begins with a crosscourt underhand serve from behind the end line that must land past the non-volley zone. There is only one serve attempt allowed unless a let occurs. The receiver must let the ball bounce and can then return the ball with a hit of their own. The serving player also lets the ball bounce and then the players are allowed to volley during the rally.
Many believe pickleball earned its unique name because of the McCallum family's dog named "Pickles." However, the dog was actually named after the game, as Pickles did not join the McCallum family until a few years after they had started playing pickleball.
The real reason for the name of "pickleball" was because Joel Pritchard's wife Joan remarked that the game resembled a "pickle crew" in a boat.
Pickleball is most popular in the United States, and is played by players of all ages.
Pickleball is considered to be easier than tennis. Pickleball players pride the game for being accessible to many players.