Introducing a series of blog posts that explain the rules of and perhaps some history of the different games and activities that can be found throughout independent living. The first activity that we’ll delve into is Pickleball.
Pickleball is a racquet and ball game similar to tennis. It is combination of miniature tennis and oversized ping pong. Originating in the 1960s on Bainbridge Island Washington State, near Seattle, Pickelball is gaining tremendous popularity in 55+ active adult living communities.
WHAT IS PICKLEBALL?
The game is played on a badminton court either inside or outside, with a net that spans the width of the court close to the ground. The players, either two or four, use paddles to hit a wiffleball that is sturdier than a standard wiffleball and features smaller holes. The paddles are similar to ping pong paddles only the pickleball paddles have slightly more surface area to strike the ball.
THE RULES OF PICKLEBALL
While the rules are more intricate than what follows, they generally follow a combination of tennis and badminton rules. Players must serve from one side of the court to the other with the ball landing in the other side’s service box before it is returned by the competitor. The ball must bounce twice on the court before the players can volley the ball on the fly. Points are awarded only when the serving player or team wins the rally. A player wins a rally in the same fashion that a tennis play would wine a rally with respect to the ball bouncing into or over the net and bouncing inside or outside the lines painted on the court.
There are excellent examples of pickleball on the web and here is a link to a news report on the sport. The game’s burgeoning popularity among active adults stems from it similarity to other sports that are quite familiar to its players, its pace of play and its unbanning ability to engender a good laugh from both the participants and observers of the game.