Anyone here play pickleball? Where do you see it when you're on the road?
is a great conditioning racket sport, usually played doubles on a court barely half the size of a tennis court. Three courts fit crosswise on a single basketball floor. I have seen two courts fit into an area that once held a tennis court. It is played with a 3" wiffle ball and a hard racket about twice the size of a ping-pong paddle. Nets don't need any anchoring or construction.
A minority of participants elevate this to a tournament sport. For most everyone else from high school up through community gyms and outdoor courts, pickleball is an aerobic game that welcomes all skill level people to rotate in and gain skill & experience. We show up in any number (singles or odd numbers) and usually substitute around without a problem. Most often we've seen this divided up into either advanced or beginner level players on different courts, but winning does not seem to be the objective for most players. Rotating players across courts and between all players/skill levels seems to be common around here. Rackets are available to borrow where we play.
What do you see for pickleball opportunities in your area?
This is a good 4-season sport but principally helps beat down our winter doldrums. Where have you played? Public or private organizations?
- in the northern half of the U.S. or Canada?
- East or West?
- in Southern states?
- Europe or elsewhere in the world?