What Is Pickleball?

Pickleball is fun, competitive and easy to play!
Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Pickleball's popularity is growing quickly across the U.S. For instance:

  • Places to play pickleball:
    ↑36% to 2,838 (743 locations added in 2014 - nearly 62 per month)
  • Number of pickleball courts:
    ↑48% to 9,863 (3,210 courts added in 2014 or 267 per month)
  • US Pickleball Association (USAPA) members:
    ↑38% to 7,101
  • Facebook page likes:
    ↑209% to 2,787
  • USAPA Ambassadors: 
    ↑39% to 975
  • District Ambassadors:
    46 new this year
  • National Tournament Registrations:
    ↑10% (713 registered players)

Pickleball's Basics:

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  It is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net, with a paddle and a plastic ball.

Pickleball appeals for all ages. It has been adopted into the PE curriculum in many middle and high schools, as well as having a strong appeal to seniors.

For more information about the history of Pickleball (including where it was invented and how it developed), click to visit the USAPA "What is Pickleball" web page.

For tips and instructions on how to play for all skill levels, click to visit the USAPA "Training Room" web page.