Pickleball: It’s a fun name for a very popular sport. Pickleball is like a cross between tennis and table tennis (minus the dill and garlic) and is played on a smaller court with solid wood bats and a wiffle-like ball. There are more than 60,000 pickleball players in Canada and the number is growing.
“This game is for all ages, not just the aging population, although there are a large number of pickleball players in their 50s and 80s,” said Pickleball West Island vice president Norma Bradley-Walker. “It’s a fairly simple game to learn and understand. I’ve seen tennis, badminton and squash players transition to this sport as it’s physically easier for people. And the benefits of this sport are enormous. It allows people to remain active when they are no longer actively playing a sport that they have played most of their life. The social aspect has carried most of us through the pandemic because it’s a social game that’s most commonly played in doubles. The friendships, camaraderie and laughter are priceless.”
The Pickleball West Island Club has grown to 300 members, she added, and it continues to grow every day. Here are some fun facts about this fast-growing sport:
When was Pickleball invented?
According to USA Pickleball (the Canadian Pickleball Association is called Pickleball Canada), Joel Pritchard, who later served in the United States Congress, and businessman Bill Bell returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island after playing golf on a Saturday in the summer of 1965. Washington their families are sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court, so Pritchard and Bell searched for badminton equipment and couldn’t find a full set of racquets. They improvised and started playing with table tennis bats and a perforated plastic ball.
What are the pickleball rules?
Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized field (20’x44′) and the ball is served diagonally (starting with the right serve). Points can only be scored from the side that serves. Players on each side must bounce the ball once before volleys are allowed and there is a two meter no-volley zone on each side of the net to prevent ‘spikes’. The server continues to serve and change places until he or she makes a mistake. The first team to score eleven points and lead by at least two points wins (pickleball.com).
Pickleball can also be played with singles or doubles.
Why is it called a pickleball?
There’s a lot of debate as to where the name “Pickleball” came from, but the two main theories are: 1) it was named after inventor Pickles’ dog who loved to play fetch, and 2) it’s a nod to the term “pickle boat.” ,” which is the last boat to finish in a race, much like pickleball is made up of the “leftovers” of other sports.
What Are Some Common Pickleball Terms?
In the kitchen: The non-volley zone of the court.
Dink: A shot performed around your own kitchen line and landing in your opponent’s non-volley zone (kitchen).
Drop Shot: Drop shots are precise, gentle shots designed to bounce into your opponent’s no-volley zone