No dilly in this pickle: Why Pickleball has become a popular new sport for so many

Saturday marks inaugural World Pickleball Day

People play pickleball on an empty street during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 13, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka
People play pickleball on an empty street during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 13, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka (Getty Images)

For those clamoring for a World Pickleball Day, you’re about to get your wish.

The first-ever World Pickleball Day is set for Saturday, which will bring promotional opportunities and publicity for those who love the sport.

As for those who have heard little or nothing at all about Pickleball, here is a guide that answers some basic questions.

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a net sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, according to USA Pickleball. Participants use paddles and a whiffle ball. It can be played both indoors and outdoors on a modified tennis net.

What are the basic rules?

Players hit the ball back and forth over the net until the ball can’t be returned. The first singles player or doubles team to reach 11 points, who’s also ahead by at least two points, is the winner. If a match is 10-10 or 11-10, it continues on until one side wins by two.

For a more in-depth look at the rules of the game, click or tap here.


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