What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America right now.  It combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Played with two or four players, this fast-paced game is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels, promoting both recreation and competitive play.  One of the best parts of pickleball is the social aspect and the community it creates.

The sport is governed by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPickleball.org), which maintains the rules, promotes the sport, sanctions tournaments, and provides player ratings. For more information or to learn more on the sport, please visit: usapickleball.org.

Top five reasons you’ll enjoy the sport of Pickleball:

  1. Pickleball is Fun & Social – Whether you are a new member of Forest Hill or looking to meet new people, it is the friendliest sporting event. Socializing with your doubles partner, your opponents, and those playing on other courts are all parts of the pickleball fun.  All are welcome to drop in nights on Tues, Thurs, and Sundays. All you need is yourself and a paddle! No experience needed.
  2. The Pickleball court is smaller than tennis.  An official pickleball court has an area approximately 3-4 times smaller than a tennis court.  This means longer rallies and less real estate to cover – ideal for those of us who don’t move as well as we once did.
  3. Pickleball is for All Ages.  It is for families, parent/ child, husband/wife and friends. Being a smaller court, it allows all ages to enjoy and have fun.
  4. Pickleball does not have a steep learning curve.  Having played tennis, racquetball or squash previously can help, but Pickleball can be played by most everyone. After a Pickleball 101 clinic and a few lessons or times on the court, you will be rallying with the rest of the members.
  5. Pickleball can be Competitive.  In addition to the fun & social aspect, pickleball is also a very competitive sport and individuals can continue to improve their performance and get their competitive juices flowing. There are many local tournaments, leagues and competitive outlets at Forest Hill to improve your game.  If you want to improve your skills or learn about opportunities, email Chip at chip@foresthilltennis.com