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A Little Background ...

When was Pickleball invented?
Pickleball was created in the summer of 1965

Why is it called Pickleball?
The mix of different sports (tennis, badminton & ping pong) reminded one of the creators of Pickleball of a “pickle boat” in crew that is made up of leftover oarsmen from other boats.

Who plays Pickleball?
Currently, there are 19,000 USA Pickleball members and 2.5 million total players.
75% of frequent players are age 55 and older
80% of all Pickleball players are 3.0 or 3.5 rated

Where is Pickleball played the most?
Pacific – CA, OR, WA
East North Central – WI, MI, IL, OH, IN
South Atlantic – FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, WV, DC

Ask Tammy!

Equipment ….It’s a Paddle, Not a Racquet!

What’s the difference between a Pickleball ball and a Wiffle Ball?
They are both made of hard plastic and the size is almost identical (just under 3 inches diameter).
Pickleball balls (average .88 oz) are slightly heavier than a wiffle ball (.7 oz).
Holes on a pickleball are round and evenly spaced around the ball whereas the wiffle ball has 8 oblong holes on one side of the ball.

How many holes does a Pickleball have?
Official pickleball balls can have a min. of 26 to a max. Of 40 circular holes. Most outdoor balls have 40 holes, indoor balls usually have 26 although there is no set number for indoor vs. outdoor balls. Some are made with a different number of holes, like the P7 that has 32. The hole spacing and ball design must be done so the ball flies straight. A manufacturer’s name or logo must be on the outside of the ball.

What are the maximum dimensions of a pickleball paddle?
The combined width and length of a USA Pickleball approved pickleball paddle (including an edge guard and butt cap) cannot exceed 24 inches (60.96 cm).
The paddle length cannot exceed 17 inches (43.18 cm). There is no restriction on paddle thickness

How long do pickleball paddles last?
A competitive player will replace their paddles about once a year, although any of them switch even earlier if they get new paddles from their sponsors. Average recreational players should get about 2-3 years out of graphic or composite paddles. Eventually, you will get “dead” spots on your paddle.

What size is a Pickleball court?
Pickleball Court is the same size as a doubles badminton court: 20 feet wide and 44 feet long.

How High is a Pickleball Net?
Pickleball nets have a height of 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle.

Some Basics…

Why is there a Non-Volley Zone in Pickleball?
The No-Volley Zone (“Kitchen” or NVZ) prevents players from smashing the ball midair at the net. Players can only volley behind the 7-foot area. The rule is designed to extend rallies.

What are 5 faults in Pickleball?
* A serve does not land within the confines of the receiving court
* The ball is hit into the net on the serve or any return
* The ball is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side
* The ball is hit out of bounds
* A ball is volleyed from the non-volley zone
* A ball bounces twice before being struck by the receiver

What are the 5 rules of Pickleball?
The five rules of pickleball are that the ball must stay in bounds, there should be one bounce per side, serving must be done at the baseline, the serve can’t land in the no-volley zone (kitchen), and the game ends at 11, 15, or 21 points.

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