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Pickleball — An Introduction

Pickleball, invented approximately 50 years ago in 1965, is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. A combination of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton, pickleball is played with a paddle and whiffle ball on a court approximately one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Similar to your home, a pickleball court includes a kitchen — the area on the pickleball court 7 feet from the net on either side in which you cannot volley — also called the “no-volley” zone.

#DidYouKnow this year is the 50th anniversary of #Pickleball? Tell us, how are you going to celebrate?! #PB50 pic.twitter.com/pITSzwDsrC

— Pickleball USA (@PickleballUSA) January 9, 2015

Shown below is a video from NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams that was originally aired on March 18, 2014, that illustrates why the pickleball craze is sweeping the nation.

Note:  I just love the Wednesday itinerary of 5 of the five women interviewed by Mark Potter at The Villages — golf in the morning, lunch, and then pickleball — or as they put it, their “triathlon.”  Sounds like something for which I should start training!  See you on the courts!

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Coach Todd
About Todd

Todd is the talent behind PickleballMAX. He knows pickleball and demonstrates it on the court as a 4.5 – 5.0 player. In addition to creating content and running the PickleballMAX business, Todd is IPTPA Level II certified. As an instructor at the Ohio Pickleball Academy, he instructs students and runs adult and youth clinics. He also manages tournament desks throughout the tri state for tournaments ranging from 100-500 participants.

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  1. Great site, Todd! Easy to navigate with lots of useful info and found your equipment tab gave a good selection of goodies for beginner and more advanced alike! Keep up the good work of promoting a sport we all love and is growing exponentially around the country! See you on the courts! Frank Freeney

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