While the name sounds silly, the game of pickleball actually involves no pickles at all. Pickleball is like overgrown pingpong, and it can provide a new twist on pingpong and badminton itself. The game is easy to learn and fun for players of all ages.
Pickleball is played much like a pingpong game, with a badminton net placed slightly above ground level. Teams can consist of one or two players and but commonly feature two.
A full-sized badminton court, usually on a hard surface, large pickleball paddles and a hard plastic ball the size of a Wiffle ball are used for pickleball. Safety goggles may used by players with glasses.
The game of pickleball was invented in the state of Washington in 1965. It was originally made as a new family game but quickly spread through schools and community centres as an easy way to exercise and have fun.
Serves are conducted behind the court's back line. They must cross the court diagonally and land on the other side. The serving side is switched with each point, and the score must be called out every time.
Points are scored when the other team misses the ball or hits the ball out of bounds or when the ball hits an opponent's side twice. Games are usually played to 11, 15 or 21, and they must be won by 2 points.
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