Pickleball is paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. It combines many elements of badminton, ping pong and tennis. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but the game can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competition for experienced players. Pickleball can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
The sport is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. You can play Pickleball in singles or doubles formats. Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle Washington and has evolved into both a fun and competitive game throughout the US and Canada.
A Pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In Pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court looks similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and includes a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”).