Pickleball : the fastest growing sport in the USA

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A game, that started in the summer of 1965 in the summer home of Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell,  and Barney McCallum on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and was named after Pritchard’s  dog, pickles, who was known to steal the ball while it was still in play, has recently become  the fastest growing sport of USA with an average growth rate of 11.5% over the last five  years According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s report, pickleball is the fastest  growing team sport in America with a 21.3% increase in pickleball participants from 2019 to  2020.


With the total number of players reaching 36.5 million. According to the most recent statistics  provided in the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation report from YouGov research, 14% of  Americans played pickleball at least once during those 12 months. And pickleball was played  eight or more times by almost 8.5 million people. 

Pickleball already has two national professional tournaments, both founded in the last four  years, and organizers are looking for corporate sponsors to help promote the sport in the  United States and overseas as part of an Olympic bid. 

But what had made the game immensely popular:



Pickleball is a fusion of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong, and gained popularity during the  early days of the pandemic when practicing traditional team sports became impossible due to  the coronavirus, hence many people flocked to paddle sports as a socially isolating method to  keep active and outside. 

Another reason responsible for the sport’s sharp growth rate is it is less strenuous, placing  less physical pressure on the body making it equally popular amongst the elderly and young.  The game doesn't reward players with more strength; instead, it emphasizes accuracy,  placement, and teamwork. Additionally, the game has very simple rules and is easy to learn  for beginners, can be learned in just a few lessons, and players can find tournaments at a  varying competitive level. In comparison to tennis and badminton, it requires less strength or  intensity to hit the ball, the paddles in pickleball are lighter and, as a stretch, even the  pickleball is lighter. 


Pickleball is very affordable to play. Once you buy the equipment you need, pickleball is  extremely cheap to sustain. All you need is a pickleball paddle which, luckily, is easy to get.  The game is played on a much smaller court as compared to tennis and there is no need to  build a special court for it and can even be played re-purpose badminton, tennis, or basketball  courts. The compact size of the court does not reduce the cost but since you’re close to other  players, it provides for a fast-paced atmosphere to enhance hand-eye coordination, test  reflexes, and socialize! Thus, making the game even more enjoyable. 

Pickleball is not only fun to play but it has also some great benefits for the body. Playing the  game gives you a good aerobic workout without as much stress and strain on joints and muscles, it also boosts cardiovascular activity by increasing heart-pumping activity which  can help control or improve many of the risk factors for heart disease, hypertension, stroke,  and heart attack.

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