America’s Fastest-Growing Sport: Why is pickleball so popular?

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So you’ve taken an interest in America’s fastest-growing sport, Pickleball. Pickleball, a game that has seemingly taken America by storm over the past couple of years, is similar to Tennis and Ping Pong. Players play with paddles and hit plastic Wiffle balls across a net, intending to gain a point. So what makes Pickleball stand out compared to other sports? Let’s find out!

What is so fun about Pickleball?

 A lot of the popularity of Pickleball is due to the increase in interest and players during the pandemic. COVID shut down a lot of indoor activities and other social events. This caused people flocked to games and things to do that would require minimal contact. Pickleball is a game that can be played with minimal contact and with distance. For this reason, it instantly saw a spike in interest and players. The main things that have kept the popularity going are age inclusivity, the social aspect, and the ease of access.

Age Inclusive

Whether you are 9 or 99, Pickleball is fun and easy to play. The game sports rules for both singles and doubles. Doubles play is more of the main focus as it requires less running and stamina to play. The ease of play allows older individuals to engage in healthy physical activity without the need to worry about being unable to keep up with the younger folk who play. The ball is lightweight, and the paddles don’t put much strain on shoulders and elbows, making it accessible for all ages of players.

Social Aspect

America’s fastest-growing sport, Pickleball, has an incredibly friendly player base. One of the first things you learn when you start playing Pickleball is that it is a social sport. You often get invited into doubles matches by strangers and have moments where you meet other people with a love for the sport. The social nature of the game lends to the game’s popularity.

Ease of Access

With the increase in Pickleball’s popularity, more and more Pickleball-designated courts are being built. Most of these places are free to the public and are often near food establishments and other places people can go for relaxation and fun. All you need to play Pickleball is a paddle and some balls. Other than that, the cost to play the game is very low, and so long as you have someone to play with or don’t have inhibitions about playing with strangers, you can go and have a good time on the courts whenever you want.

The popularity of Pickleball can be attributed to many circumstances, but when you get down to it, you find that the game is just super fun, and that’s why it has so many fans. So give it a try!

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