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 both Tennis and Ping Pong. Players play with paddles and hit plastic Wiffle balls across a net with the objective to gain a point. A lot of the popularity that Pickleball has is due to the increase of interest and players during the pandemic. Covid shut down a lot of indoor activities and other social events so people flocked to games and things to do that would require minimal contact. Pickleball, being a game that can be played with minimal contact and with distance instantly saw a spike in interest and players. The main things that have kept the popularity going are the 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 tends to be more of the main focus as it requires less running and stamina to play. The ease of play allows older individuals to not have to worry about not being able 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 find out when you start playing Pickleball is that it is a social sport. You often get invited into doubles matches by complete strangers and have moments where you get to 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. The only thing you need to play with 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 is something that 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 go give it a try!

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