What we do
When it comes to racket sports, people are often familiar with badminton, ping pong, and tennis. Pickleball is another option that isn't as well known. It combines elements of all of these other racket sports to form a fun game that pretty much anyone can play.
As with any sport, you can't play without the necessary equipment. This includes a pickleball paddle. You can find these in the wolfe sports pickle ball section or at any number of sporting goods or online retailers. The court is the same size as that used for badminton and the net is formed by modifying a tennis net. The ball is plastic with holes in it, kind of like a whiffle ball, and is also available from wolfe sports.
One side starts the game by serving underhand to the opposite corner of the court from the right-hand court. You only get to have one fault, then service goes to your partner if you're playing doubles or the other side if you're playing singles. You have to let the ball bounce before hitting it on the first serve and on the first return, but after that, it doesn't have to bounce before you hit it for the rest of the game. Other faults besides not letting the ball bounce include not clearing the net, hitting the ball in the no-volley zone near the net, and hitting the ball out of bounds. You play until one side scores at least 11 points and is at least 2 points ahead. Only the serving team can score.
Benefits Over Tennis
Pickleball is easier to play than tennis, for example, because the court is smaller, only about one-third the size. With the no-volley zone of 7 feet in front of the net, called the kitchen, there isn't as much chance of a person using a drop shot or smash volley to end a rally and score, so getting points means learning how to carefully place your shots and is less reliant on having to run all around a large court to return the ball. This makes it easier for seniors to play the game as well as younger people.
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