Pickleball is an up-and-coming sport that is on its way to becoming one of America’s favorite racquet (paddle) sports. It’s considered to be one of the fastest-growing sports in America in the last decades. But, what makes this game so appealing?
This sport, which was invented in the 1960s, is fun, easy to learn, and family-friendly. Over the last years, this sport has been, continually, rising in popularity. Most likely, you’ve heard that Pickleball is quite popular among seniors, and it’s true. However, what you, probably, haven’t heard is that it’s becoming trendy among the younger population. In fact, according to USA Pickleball, the younger demographics are the main responsible for the game’s popularity growth in recent years.
With that being said, you’re probably asking yourself why Pickleball is so popular? Well, there is more than one reason for this.
These are 20+ reasons why Pickleball is so popular. Pickleball is…
1. A social activity
The fact that the pickleball court is small, when compared to other racket sports, makes it easy for players to interact since they are close enough to each other. So if you are looking for a perfect way to bond with your friends or family while having fun, this sport makes it easy for you to do just that.
An increasing number of cities have started creating pickleball leagues and events, where people can sign up for different tournaments. In most cases, people sign up not because they want to compete with other players but because they are interested in meeting new people in the community.
2. Suitable for parks and recreation departments
Moreover, setting up tri-sport recreational nets or outdoor pickleball nets is easy, making converting to Pickleball, mini-volleyball, and badminton a breeze.
3. A healthy sport.
Actually, Pickleball offers a great opportunity to exercise your body and mind. It lets you build on your agility, balance, hand-eye coordination, and reflexes without exerting much pressure on your body. This sport can be a good alternative for aging players who used to play tennis or badminton but are restrained by physical limitations, such as shoulder, knee, hip, and other issues.
4. A great sport for all skills levels.
Pickleball is played on smaller courts, which means players don’t have to move around as much, thus making it great for older people to enjoy the sport. A majority of retired adults like this sport because it gives them an opportunity to get their exercise without having to run on a more spacious court.
And in any case, the game doesn’t require any special athletic skills.
Young children and teens, also, like playing this sport because they find it fun at the same time intense. Playing on a small court means you can utilize your hand-eye coordination just like you do when playing ping-ball.
6. Easy to pick up and learn.
On the other hand, other racquet sports, such as tennis, can be challenging to play because you need to learn how to hit the ball properly to engage in long and fun rallies. Bearing this in mind, it may take a few years for you to play decent tennis. And don’t get me started on the high price tag of taking tennis lessons…
For Pickleball, getting to the ball and hitting it is a lot easier because of the small court and the paddles. You can, literally, learn how to play this game within a few hours.
7. Requires minimal space.
The recommended pickleball court is almost four times smaller than a tennis court. This means that you don’t need a big space to construct a pickleball court. The small playing field makes it an excellent choice for most backyards.
8. Can be a competitive sport too
Besides this, there are several tournaments ranging from the local competitions organized by clubs and local associations to the national and international tournaments that attract players from various corners of the globe.
9. A fresh and fun sport
10. Requires affordable (and minimal) equipment.
With Pickleball, you don’t need special equipment when compared to other similar sports. Besides the net, all you need to get started are a pair of paddles and a ball. And most of this equipment is quite affordable. Unlike golf and tennis, you don’t have to become a member of an expensive club to play the game.
11. Unique rules.
12. Affordable to play.
One of the interesting things about playing this sport is that you will have fun without having to break your wallet. Many people find this sport appealing because you don’t need to spend big money on expensive equipment. A whiffle ball and a basic set of paddles are all you need to get started, and these items can cost you less than $30 unless you are looking to play at a higher level, which may require high-end paddles.
Even if you can’t afford these items at the moment, you can still find them in gyms and recreational parks. On top of this, most tournaments are relatively inexpensive to enter.
13. Appealing to many other racquet sports players.
The rallies are, almost, similar to other popular racquet sports, such as tennis and badminton. So playing this sport is likely to improve your performance in tennis, table tennis or badminton.
14. Provides a great way to exercise.
While it may not be as physically demanding as badminton or tennis, this sport will still keep you on your toes. Playing Pickleball will get your whole body in motion, thus, giving you the chance to burn some calories.
If you are not currently physically active, then Pickleball will provide you with some essential exercise. It is a great way to get into exercise while having fun, especially if you are rarely engaged in any form of exercise.
15. Not that demanding.
Pickleball is not as demanding as tennis or other similar sports. In fact, four pickleball courts can easily fit in one tennis court, which means that there is much less space to cover.
Besides this, the sport doesn’t put much emphasis on speed and raw strength when compared to tennis. Instead, it focuses more on strategy. Having said that, that doesn’t mean Pickleball doesn’t offer opportunities for exercise. On the contrary, this sport is an excellent exercise, only that you are not straining so much.
16. Beginner friendly
Pickleball is not only fun and easy to learn, but it is also easy to play. Unlike tennis, where, as a beginner, you would spend half of the time chasing and picking up the balls on the court (I bet a lot of people, who have tried tennis, can relate to this).
In Pickleball, it’s possible, for a complete novice, to start rallying back and forth with a partner on their first game. This means that you will have more time for fun and spend less time worrying about playing the game itself.
17. A very portable game
18. A growing number of clubs offer Pickleball.
19. Has well established organizations.
Just like tennis, Pickleball has well-established rules, and there are organizations to develop and regulate the sport. For instance, the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) is the national governing body for Pickleball in the US and its territories. Since its inception in 1984, the association has overseen many tournaments throughout the years.
20. Media and sponsorships.
21. Although easy to pick up, it is still a fast-pace game
22. Can share facilities with other sports.
There you have it. If you haven’t already started playing this sport, then the above reasons are more than enough to convince you to join the growing number of pickleball enthusiasts. In any case, you don’t need any special equipment or a big space to play Pickleball. You can construct a simple court in your backyard or even play it in an existing tennis public court. Let the fun begin!