Pickleball

Pickleball

Play Pickleball at The nZone!

The sport of pickleball, often described as a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping pong, is much more than a game. It’s a way of life for a community that continues to grow rapidly, thanks to its appeal with players from the young to the young-at-heart. Played on a badminton-sized court with the net set to 34 inches high at the center, players volley a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball with a composite paddle about twice the size of a ping pong paddle. Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors as singles or doubles. The game has a passionate following due to its friendly, social nature and multi-generational appeal. The sport is governed by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA.org), which maintains the rules, promotes the sport, sanctions tournaments, and provides player rankings.

For more information or interest, please contact John Otroba – john.otroba@cox.net

Details:

  • No registration required
  • $5 drop in fee per day
  • Each player will bring own racquet
  • Will be held Fridays and Monday from 9-11:30a, beginning Friday Nov 9

 

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.

 

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