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What is pickleball?

by ChenJane2 30 Jun 2023

Pickleball is a sport of hitting a ball with a racket. It originated from Bainbridge Island in Seattle, USA. It is most appropriate to say that it is a mixed sport of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It was invented by two people. The name of the "Pickle" ball comes from a dog of one of the inventors; when the invention was started, the dog named Peak often ran with the ball in its mouth.

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The field of pickleball is exactly the same as that of badminton, except that the net needs to be lowered to the height of a tennis net. The ball used is about the size of a tennis ball, a hollow ball with a thin shell made of hard plastic, with 26 holes about 1 cm in diameter. Rackets with a horizontal grip are shaped like larger table tennis paddles and were originally made of wood, but are now available in lighter fiberglass, hybrid and carbon fiber panels.

Pickleball is similar to tennis in style of play. Most of the hand swings are below the waist. The amount of exercise can be as intense as tennis, but compared with tennis, there are no sports injuries, such as tennis elbow. Playing pickleball does not have the problem of tennis elbow. Therefore, some people who have played tennis for a long time and want to exercise at a certain age, but those who don’t want sports injuries, will switch to playing pickleball. Really suitable for seniors. It is also worth mentioning that regardless of age, even children in kindergarten, they all use the same pickleball paddles for playing pickleball. Unlike tennis, younger children need to use mini tennis rackets, and pickleball is easier to use than tennis. The appearance of the ball is pleasing, and it is also very suitable for children's sports.

Compared with tennis, badminton, and table tennis, pickle balls require less consumables, and at most you can change the handle cloth. Compared with tennis balls, pickle balls are not afraid of water, compared with badminton, they are not afraid of wind, and compared with table tennis balls, they are not afraid of being crushed , Some sporting goods stores are more hesitant to promote pickleball, but the fun game of pickleball will not be buried. [Source Request] In 2022, Taiwan's well-known sports program [All-Star Games Season 3] has a new project It is Pickleball, which is recognized as a fun and interesting sport.

The rules of pickleball are similar to those of tennis, but only the serve can be scored. In addition, the serve must be hit with the lower hand (below the waist); both sides must wait for the ball to land once in their own court before they can volley and block the opponent's incoming ball. Pickleball is designed to be active for all present. Pickleball is a game of ball placement, a game of patience; it is not a game of strength and brute force.

Pickleball has become a regular sport in middle school physical education classes in the United States, and it has gradually become popular among young and old. In New York State alone, there are more than 500 schools that set pickleball as a curriculum. There are town, state and national games of pickleball in many places in the United States every year. The United States has the National Pickleball Association.

In China, pickleball has a complete training course for coaches and referees. It is sponsored by the Pickleball Association of China. The Pickleball Association and committees in China all cooperate with the Pickleball Association of China. Member of the AFP, can organize national and international competitions.

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