Across the United States and beyond, people are playing pickleball in record numbers. And residents of Mobile, Alabama, are certainly no exception. A racket sport that combines the best elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton, pickleball has really caught on as low-impact form of exercise and a fun enjoyable way to socialize with others.
Unlike other sports, which tend to have muddled origins and evolve slowly over time, pickleball was born over the course of several summer days in 1965. Historians also know the precise birthplace of pickleball: the Puget Sound island of Bainbridge.
The “father of pickleball,” Washington State congressman Joel Pritchard joined his neighbor, businessman Bill Bell, in developing a game to entertain their bored children over summer break. Together, the men improvised a game that could make use of an old badminton court without the need for badminton equipment, which they lacked.
Playing with table tennis paddles and a perforated plastic ball, they began experimenting with a new type of racket sport. By the next weekend, they had joined with another neighbor, Barney McCallum, to solidify the basic rules and standards of pickleball. Joel Pritchard’s wife Joan gave the sport its name, borrowing it from the rowing term “pickle boat” (the last boat to finish a race, typically carrying a hodgepodge of rowers from various teams).
Played on a court that that is the same size as a badminton court (20 feet by 44 feet for both singles and doubles games), pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors. Like all common racket sports, pickleball begins game with a serve. In this case, it is an underhand serve that must cross the court diagonally as it clears the center net.
The receiving team must letthe ball bounce off the ground one time before hitting it back. If they successfully return the ball, the serving team must let it bounce once as well. From this point forward however, both teams can choose hit the ball directly out of the air or let it bounce a single time. Play continues in this manner until one team fails to return the ball, hits it out of bounds, or commits a rule violation or fault.
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A recent report by the Association of Pickleball Professionals and CNBC shows that more than 36.5 million people played at least one game of pickleball between August 2021 to August 2022. Pickleball has become popular for a number of reasons.
Pickleball is easy on the joints and can be played by people with varying degrees of athleticism and physical fitness. Pickleball games also give participants ample opportunity to socialize while they exercise. People generally play doubles games and often form tight-knit pickleball communities that allow them to meet other dedicated pickleball players. But the best reason to play pickleball is just how fast-paced, engaging, and fun it is!
Unlike other sports that are seasonal in nature, you can play a game of pickleball at any time of year. This is because pickleball indoor courts have become readily accessible in most areas.
Indoor pickleball courts are a particular godsend in locations such as Mobile, Alabama, where the summers are often oppressively hot, the winters can be quite cold, and the climate is relatively rainy year-round. If you are looking for pickleball places in Mobile, look no further than our friendly and well-maintained indoor courts.