During these very strange last six months, one thing has kept me from going stir crazy. That is pickleball.
What, you don’t know pickleball? It is a paddle game played with a whiffle ball. It strikes me as a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. The action is on a court similar to a tennis court only smaller. To give you an idea of size, two pickleball courts can be outlined on a single tennis court.
Now pickleball has been around since the 60’s I’m told, but not until recent years has it become a phenomenon. It is said to be the fastest growing sport in the US and is a game that can be played by young and old. Not too many sports appeal to such a broad age range.
I’ve played competitive sports for a very long time, and none have been as much fun as pickleball. Yes, it is competitive, but players laugh and have a great time while still trying to win. You can’t say that about every sport!
Part of the fun is getting to play with a number of people on any given day. The game is played to eleven points or however many it takes to win by two. When finished, players switch around. Typically, winners stay and play with a new partner and losers move to another court and switch partners. Of course, in tournament play partners typically stay together.
The real plus is that pickleball players are super nice people. With few exceptions they are courteous, friendly and supportive. Aren’t those qualities we admire in those whom we choose to be around?
If you haven’t tried pickleball, give it a go. It is an easy game to learn and one doesn’t have to be a great athlete to become proficient. Also, it’s good exercise. With those things going for it how can you lose!