It could be due to the unique name as well as the reality that almost anybody can play, regardless it is, pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America.
“I believe that the name is what draws people in, and when they are out there they are enthralled,” pickleball player Brent Gingerich said.
A mixture of badminton tennis and ping-pong, this sport comes with its own set of distinctive guidelines and rules as well as equipment.
“The court is designed in a similar way to the tennis court, however, it’s a lot shorter and smaller, meaning you’re in a position to drive the ball wherever you want,” pickleball player Mike Bernardo explained.
Instead of rackets, the game is played with paddles as well as Wiffle balls.
“It is a ping pong ball with a core inside it, which makes it behave like a ping-pong paddle when you strike it,” Bernardo said.
The players serve with their hands as both serve as well as the return have to hit the ground before you are able to begin playing volley. While there aren’t pickles in the game, there is a kitchen.
“They also have a space just in front of the net, which is called”the kitchen, In the kitchen area, you’re not allowed to throw an object out of the sky or strike a volley. It must be allowed to go through the air before.” Bernardo explained.
The game is simple enough to be learned by beginners however, it can rapidly develop into a competitive and fast-paced sport. Beyond the game, there’s a thing everyone can be sure of.
“It’s an excellent comradery sport. It is a popular sport that draws people from every walk of life,” the pickleball player Felicia Tatum said.
Central Arkansas Pickleball’s Facebook page has 1,400 followers.
“If you visit here on a sunny day, especially during the summertime, there’ll be between 20 and 40 players waiting to go to the park,” Gingerich said.
The player of pickleball Brent Gingerich said there are many theories as to where the name pickleball got its name.
“Supposedly that the people who came up with the idea had an animal named Pickles and therefore they named it after their dog,” Gingerich said.
The origins of the name is subject to debate, the tennis player Felicia Tatum said one thing is for certain.
“Once you begin playing you’ll be hooked!” Tatum said.
Kanis Park located in Little Rock has several designated pickleball courts.
As the sport is growing in popularity, it was decided that the city has installed lights to allow players to play in the morning before the sun rises up and continue playing into the evening.