Pickleball in Mobile, AL

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Pickleball is a fun, fast-paced sport that’s taking the world by storm, and Surge Entertainment is proud to offer five state-of-the-art pickleball courts for players of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time player, our courts are the perfect place to hone your skills, meet new people, and have a great time.

At Surge Entertainment, we believe that pickleball is more than just a sport – it’s a community. That’s why we’re committed to providing our players with a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and supported. Whether you’re a competitive player or just looking for a fun way to stay active, our courts are the perfect place to get your game on.

We offer court rentals for players who want to play pickleball on their own schedule. Our rates are affordable, and our courts are available for both individual and group rentals. Plus, our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with everything you need to have a great time, including on-site restrooms, a full bar and restaurant, and other attractions to enjoy.

Pickleball vs. Tennis

Pickleball and tennis are both popular racquet sports played by millions of people around the world. While the two games share some similarities, they are also quite different from each other. In this blog, we will explore the key differences between these two sports.

One of the most significant differences between the two sports is the size of the court. A standard tennis court is much larger than a pickleball court. Tennis courts measure 78 feet in length and 36 feet in width, while pickleball courts are only 44 feet by 20 feet. This means that pickleball players have less ground to cover, and the ball moves at a slower pace, making it easier for beginners to learn the game.

Another difference is the type of equipment used. Pickleball players use paddles made of wood or composite materials, while tennis players use racquets made of graphite, aluminum, or other materials. The balls used in the two games are also different. The Pickleballs are plastic and have holes in them, while tennis balls are made of rubber and covered in felt.

Finally, the rules of the two games are different. In pickleball, players must serve underhand, and the ball must bounce once on each side of the court before it can be volleyed. In tennis, players can serve overhand, and there is no requirement for the ball to bounce before it is hit.

In conclusion, while both pickleball and tennis are great sports, they are different in several ways. From the size of the court to the equipment used, each game has its unique characteristics. Whether you prefer the fast-paced action of tennis or the slower, more strategic gameplay of pickleball, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

So why not give pickleball a try? It’s a great way to stay active, meet new people, and have a blast all at the same time. And with our top-notch facilities and welcoming community, Surge Entertainment is the perfect place to get started. So grab your paddle or rent one from us and come join us on the courts – we can’t wait to see you there!

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Let Your Paddle do the talking!

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.

History of Pickleball

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).

How to Play Pickleball

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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$20/hr/court – Non Peak – Monday – Friday (before 5pm)
$40/hr/courtPeak – Friday after 5pm, all day Saturday and Sunday, and selected holidays.

Paddle Rental & Pickleball Purchase available

Rent a court by the hour for up to 8 people at a time. Experience pickleball like never before!

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Pickleball 101

SERVING

Serve the ball underhand from below the waist. Serve from behind the baseline and hit the ball cross-court into the service area beyond the non-volley zone. The team that serves is the only one that can earn points.

SCORING

To win the game, a team needs to score 11 points, but they must win by 2. Each player on the team gets a chance to serve until they lose a point, except for the first serving team who only gets one chance to serve. The score is kept using a three-number system that shows the serving team's score, the receiving team's score, and which player is currently serving (1 or 2).

OTHER RULES

NON - VOLLEY ZONE: Volleying is hitting a ball without letting it bounce on the ground. You can only do this if you're standing outside the non-volley area.

DOUBLE BOUNCE Receiving team must wait for the ball to bounce before hitting it. The serving team also has to wait for the ball to bounce back before hitting it. Once the ball has bounced twice, both teams can hit it without waiting for it to bounce again.

Give Pickleball a Try!

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.

Pickleball’s Popularity

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.

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