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Pickleball is a great and unique sport that is played enthusiastically by many people around the world. It is a social and friendly activity and at the same time a very exciting challenge. One of the best things about pickleball is that it is very easy to learn. The rules are straightforward and the game is very easy to master. But don't be fooled, because it can quickly turn into a fast-paced and competitive game. It's a sport for all ages and fitness levels, so it's accessible to everyone. The Ball flies at a breathtaking speed and maneuvers can lead to fast and exciting changes of strokes. Therefore, for many people pickleball has turned out to be one of the best recreational sports that you can play with friends, family and new acquaintances.

Basics

  1. Fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  2. Played indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized field. The net is similar to a tennis net.
  3. You play with a paddle and a plastic ball that has holes in it.
  4. Played as doubles or singles.
  5. All ages and game levels can play together.

Pickleball field

A pickleball court is the same size as a double badminton court; the court measures 20 × 44 feet (6.10 × 13.41 m).

In Pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles. 

The Net height is 91.44 cm (36 inches) at the edge and 86.36 cm (34 inches) in the center.

The court is similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot (213.4 cm) non-volley zone (NVZ) in front of the net (referred to as the "kitchen").

Playgrounds can be built specifically for pickleball or converted from existing tennis or badminton courts.

The total size of the playing field (including space outside the lines) shall be at least 10.36 × 19.5 m (34 × 64 feet), including for tournament games. Wheelchair and stadium fields are even larger.

Frequently asked questions

Brief history

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short drive from Seattle, Washington. Three fathers - Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum - whose children were bored with their usual summer activities - are credited for creating games. Pickleball has grown from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport in the U.S. and Canada. The game is also growing internationally, with many European and Asian countries joining in.

How to play pickleball

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