Pickle tennis is the search term used by the not yet converted tennis player or wanna-be pickleball player known affectionately as a pickler.
So assuming that you have found this page through the pickle tennis search term, my assumption is that you have seen or at least heard about this strange game they call pickleball.
Pickleball is a combination of sports and the three that are often referred to are tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is a fun game and rapidly growing international sport that combines many elements of the three games.
Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court that has a slightly modified tennis net and is played both indoors or outdoors.
It is considered to be a racquet sport however the racquet is actually a paddle. It has a handle similar to a ping pong bat and a head surface slightly smaller than a tennis racquet. The peculiarities of this most unique game don’t end here however.
The game is played with a plastic ball with holes similar to a whiffle ball. Pickleball or pickle tennis to some, can be played as doubles or singles and like tennis it can also be played as American doubles with just 3 people. Yes two on one side against one on the other side. Professional tournaments however only recognize the singles and double versions of the game.
The real beauty of pickle tennis for current or even past tennis players is that it can be picked up rather quickly being a ball paddle sport which involves many of the same sorts of play and hitting technique of the ball as tennis does. What we have found is that many tennis players are indeed starting to focus their sporting activity around this new found (50 year old) game.
Younger players (generally speaking) like the competitive nature and skill of the game and the older players, some well into their 80’s and a small number even in their 90’s like the camaraderie and social aspect of the game and almost by default the physical activity that it provides without being too strenuous on players.
Of course, you get out of what you put into the sport or any sports for that matter and while the pickleball court is small but not too small, it is just big enough to get a puff up if you push it a bit.
In actual measurements, a pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. The same court is used for both singles and doubles play and unlike tennis it has no doubles lines. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle and while there is a story to this measurement, we will leave that to another page. The court is lined similar to a tennis court with an arbitrated maximum line width of which the outside of the line is in play if the centre line of the ball lands on it, - a one to two inch line width is normal.
This “pickle tennis” court has left and right service courts and has what is affectionately known as the kitchen either side of the net. This is identified by a 7-foot line across the court on both sides of the net which indicates a non-volley zone.
The pickleball game can easily be set up for play on existing tennis or badminton courts. The rapid uptake of pickleball with massively growing popularity among all age groups and demographics is now seeing specifically made and marked courts constructed specifically for pickleball.
What to do now
So the what, where, when, how, and who of pickleball? How do you get involved, where to play, who do you contact, when are games played and what do you need to play pickleball? It’s easy; simply click on our “Directory of Clubs” link and see a growing list of clubs that we feature there for posibilities.
Pickle tennis the game will never be the same again and you will be a pickler playing the awesome new game that is pickleball because you love it so much. Be warned – many players become addicted which explains why they affectionately wear some of our favorite and best-selling game shirts.
So you might be wondering who it is overseas (to me in Thailand or you wherever you are) or what organization governs this growing sport in the USA being its original birthplace. – The answer is that the Pickleball Association in America, the USAPA is the governing body of the rapidly growing national and international sport of pickleball. It is here that all governance of the sport comes from.
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