Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. 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. It combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court. The net center is 34 inches. The game is played with a hard paddle and a hard polymer smaller version of a wiffle ball.
Although pickleball appears to be very similar to tennis, there are key differences that make pickleball more accessible to a wider range of players, particularly children and seniors. Key among these differences is the speed of the pickleball ball which typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball. Equally important, however, is the size of the court which is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court. This smaller area combined with the slower moving ball makes pickleball much easier to play than tennis.
Originally invented as a backyard pastime, pickleball is now an organized sport represented by national and international governing bodies. Since its inception in 1965, pickleball has spread across the United States and into Canada. It is now beginning to spread around the world.The United States Pickleball Association currently estimates there are now over 400,000 players actively playing pickleball. Pickleball facilities are located in all 50 states. We introduced Pickleball on St Simons Island in 2014.
Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high schools. Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active in towns and retirement communities. Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments. The sport is easy to learn, hard to master, but fun for all skill levels.
Pickleball can be played year round in the Golden Isles and is one of the fastest growing sports in our area. Open play is available at three Glynn County Recreation and Parks Department courts; Kings Park, North Glynn Recreation Complex, and Epworth Park. Members of The Club on St. Simons Island are also able to enjoy the sport indoors. Temporary memberships are available for purchase.
"Pickleball is easy to learn, hard to master, but fun for all skill levels." Visit http://pickleballssi.blogspot.com/ for more information on competitive play as well as specific times and days for area play.