Are you interested in joining a country club that offers the perfect combination of social engagement, physical activity, and competitive fun perfectly? Pickleball is quickly becoming an increasingly popular game among country clubs, and it’s easy to see why! This thrilling outdoor sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong into one adrenaline-packed experience.
Whether looking for friendly competition or just some lighthearted fun, pickleball has something for everyone. Read on to learn more about this dynamic game sweeping the nation.
How To Play Pickleball?
Pickleball is played with two or four players using a hard paddle and plastic ball. The game is played on a badminton-size court with a lowered net and pickleball-specific rules. The point of the game is to hit the ball over the net and into the opponent’s court. Points are earned by successfully returning shots and forcing opponents to miss or hit the ball out of bounds.
Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors, with two to four players competing against each other. The court is marked off like a tennis court using a net slightly lower than traditional tennis nets. Scoring works like tennis, with the first team or player to 11 points declared the winner.
Serving in pickleball also works similarly to tennis—players must serve diagonally across the court until they have won 11 points. In pickleball, the service line is closer than in tennis (7 feet from the net), making it easier for novice players to get their serves over without breaking too much of a sweat. Additionally, volleys are allowed after initial service, and players can move anywhere around the court to hit a return.
The standard pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court, measuring 20 x 44 feet. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle.
The court is painted with stripes, just like a tennis court. The right and left service courts are present along with the “kitchen,” which stands at 7 feet in front of the net; this non-volley zone creates an exciting challenge for players on either side.
Pickleball courts can be developed specifically for this game or converted from tennis or badminton courts.
Why Is It Called Pickleball?
The game of pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum. The story goes that the game’s name came from Joel Pritchard’s wife Joan, who referred to the combination of sports as a “pickle boat” – a reference to an old naval term for a boat made up of leftover parts. And the rest, as they say, is history!
When Was Pickleball Invented?
Pickleball was first invented in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum. The trio created a game that the whole family could play together. They adapted badminton equipment to make their court, using a wiffle ball and ping-pong paddles.
Pickleball has become a popular sport for all ages and skill levels. With its easy-to-learn rules, the exciting pace of play, and the social atmosphere, it’s no wonder that people are flocking to this thrilling outdoor game!
Play Pickleball at the Club at ArrowCreek!
Experience pickleball fun at The Club at ArrowCreek in Reno, Nevada! Our courts are fully equipped with everything you need to get started—including paddles and balls. We also offer lessons for those looking to brush up on their skills or learn to play for the first time.
Enjoy the fresh air as you experience the thrill of pickleball at The Club. Our courts will provide an unforgettable experience, from friendly competition to lighthearted fun. So grab your paddle, and let’s hit the court! Join us today and see why everyone is talking about pickleball!