If you have been meaning to give pickleball a shot, there’s no time like the present! April is National Pickleball Month, and with many areas across the country enjoying milder weather this month: It’s the perfect time to get outside and try your hand at pickleball.
You’ve likely heard that pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America—and it’s true! Pickleball is gaining lots of players every year because it appeals to such a wide range of ages and abilities. The game can be played at a pace that suits all participants, and it lends itself to friendly cooperative play as well as aggressive, competitive play. It can also be played outdoors or indoors, so it really can be molded to suit your individual preferences—and it can be played year round!
Pickleball is kind of like a mashup of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. The USA Pickleball Association approximates that roughly 300 new pickleball courts pop up every month across the United States—either as their own standalone courts or as overlays on existing courts (basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.). Chances are high there’s a place to play pretty close to you! You can discover nearby pickleball locations on the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) website, on community message boards or chats, or by asking family and friends who play.