How Pickleball Became a Popular Sport!


Pickleball was created as a game that prevented injuries and had few rules. It is a cross between badminton, tennis, table tennis and ping-pong.

Pickleball was invented by students at the University of Washington in 1965 to help prevent injuries among other things. When it first came out, it was only played by university students.

But after the school administrators saw how well the game prevented injuries, they began having tournaments on campus and other universities started hosting their own tournaments.

The game became popular which led to many more universities hosting their own tournaments which led to pickleball becoming an Olympic sport in 1996; making it the second sport on this list to be an official Olympic event after soccer in 1908.

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How Pickleball Differed to Other Sports?

Pickleball is a full-contact sport that was invented in the 1930s. It is played by two players using a light, canvas-covered ball and a racket with two wooden sticks. It originated as a game for people with disabilities or health problems, but it has been growing in popularity and becoming more mainstream over time.

Pickleball is not like other sports because of its rules and simple equipment that requires less energy to play. The game has become popular because of the unique set of rules and the social aspect of the sport.

These three aspects – simplicity, social involvement, and variation in rules – have made this sport unique from other similar sports such as tennis or baseball.

Pickleball Evolution and How It Kicked off America’s Youth Fitness Movement

Pickleball is not a typical sport in the sense that it is played with a paddle. It is also not a typical game in the sense that it doesn’t have any specific rules or goals. Although, this sport has been around for nearly five decades, it just recently became an official Olympic sport.

This trend was kicked off by America’s youth fitness movements, which were powered by the Pickleball Revolution. The success of this movement eventually led to the emergence of more than one million American players in less than 10 years – far surpassing past records of most popular sports and games in the US.

Pickleball went from being a beach game to an indoor game and later became an official

Olympic sport due to their recent popularity among youth fitness movements.

Why the pickleball rules for serving are crucial?

There are a lot of rules that have to be followed when playing pickleball. One of them is the rules for serving, which is crucial because it determines the outcome of a game.

The first serve has to be hit at least 15 feet from the net and over the back line if it was hit with a closed fist and your hand was anywhere on your body or close to your body. This can only be done in singles and doubles games.

A player must not move her/his arm after making contact with the ball before it bounces, with other exceptions such as adjusting their grip during a rally

If a player’s arm ends up touching her/his body after making contact, she/he must serve again

If players touch any part of their own clothing or hair during service play, they must serve again

If players touch anything that is not part of their clothing or hair during service play, they may continue to play without serving again

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Article and permission to publish here provided by Vik Lisan. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on March 21, 2023.