What Is Pickleball? 

By: Staff

Pickleball is a popular sport that was invented by congressman Joel Brichard on Bainbridge Island WA, in 1965. The sport is based on pingpong, tennis, and badminton, and it is played with two or four people. Originally pickleball was played on a tennis court, yet you are able to play it on any badminton sized court with a modified tennis net. 

The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA)  hosts tournaments where players compete against each other to get to the top. 

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pickleball industry grew rapidly. According to the Sport and Fitness Industry Association, pickleball participation grew 21.3 % to what it was previously; since Americans want to be fit and stay moving. It is not only growing in the United States, but also all around the world. As of now, there are 37 countries actively participating in the International Pickleball Association. It is now double what it was about two years ago.

Many students in the highschool curriculum are required to cover the unit of pickleball in their physical education class. But the question really is why is it required? The main reason for the sport being covered is for students to understand the movement of motor skills. Students need to be able to show that they are able to learn a new skill and apply it. The movements of pickleball require, forehand drive, backhand drive, drive serve, lob serve, backhand lob, and their smash. Each one of these movements uses a different skill that is able to be developed and then later used in life. 

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