The first question you may ask yourself if you’re unfamiliar with this sport might be: does it have anything to do with pickles? The short answer to that is no. Originated in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington, Pickleball got its namesake after the family dog, Pickles, who would run off with the ball whenever it would come his way. The ball was affectionately nicknamed Pickle’s ball, which eventually turned into the current name of Pickleball.
This up and coming sport has been gaining popularity in recent years and is a fantastic activity for all ages. Pickleball is very similar to tennis, but everything is on a smaller scale. The court is about one-third the size of a tennis court and has a net mounted two inches lower. The equipment used to play this game includes a hard paddle a whiffle-like ball.
Sun RV Resorts features several properties, such as Hidden Ridge RV Resort, an all ages resort in Hopkins, Mich., that offer multiple courts for guests to enjoy a game of singles or doubles. There are even organized tournaments available at Indian Creek RV Resort in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. or at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz., which both cater to active adults 55 and over.
Like many sporting activities, Pickleball brings people together, but has the rare ability to bring people of all ages together. A great sport for kids and adults, Pickleball is also a great bonding activity for parents and grandparents. It’s also a wonderful way to stay active and get exercise while having a great time – the perfect combination for everyone.
If you haven’t had a chance to try to popular sport, it’s definitely something you’ll want to experience soon. Have some friendly competition or simply play for the sake of the game – get in on all the fun!
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