Play Pickleball at The nZone!
Pick-up games on Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm-3pm, available September through May!
If you’re a Pickleball player looking for a place to play pick-up games with other Pickleball enthusiasts, we’ve got the spot for you. Bring your game and your teammates to The nZone and beat the heat in our air-conditioned gym! If you haven’t heard about Pickleball, you’ll want to try it. Pickleball is the fastest growing racquet sport in the country! A cross between tennis, racquetball, and badminton, it’s a great exercise and tons of fun for players of all ages.
Introduction to Pickleball:
Pickleball originated at the home of Joel Pritchard in the Seattle, Washington area in 1965. The game began as a family activity when Mr. Pritchard and his houseguest, Bill Bell, discovered that there wasn’t enough badminton equipment for the two families to play. After modifying rules and replacing rackets with wooden paddles, they developed this new game. The name came from the Pritchard’s cocker spaniel, “Pickles”, who kept running off with the ball.
Slowly, Pickleball spread among neighbors and friends, and in 1972, a corporation was formed to protect the new game. During the 1970s, the popularity of the game grew in the Seattle area, where it was used in high school physical educational programs, colleges, and even the park and recreation association! Though it has been around for about twenty years, Pickleball has exploded in the last five years. The United States of America Pickleball Association is the official promoter and governing body for the game.
How to play Pickleball:
Pickleball is a simple paddle game, using a special perforated slow-moving ball over a tennis type net, on a badminton-sized court. The ball is served underhand, without bouncing it from the court, and is served diagonally to the opponent’s service zone. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds, etc.). The server continues to serve, altering service courts, until the server faults. A game is won when one of the sides reaches eleven (11) points, but play continues until the game is won by a two-point margin.