Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in Calgary, Canada and North America.
The Calgary Pickleball Club (CPC) was formed in 2012 to introduce, promote and develop the sport of Pickleball and within 10 years membership reached 2400 people. Alberta has the highest number of registered pickleball players in the country with 23 clubs. In Canada, it is estimated there are over one million households playing pickleball. The growth curve has led to an effort by Pickleball Canada to become a National Sport Organization and recognized by Sport Canada.
Pickleball is a court sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis.
The game is played on a surface one-third the size of a regulation tennis court or the same dimensions as a badminton court: 20’ x 44’. The net is 36" high at the sidelines and 34" high at the center of the court. The game can be played as singles or doubles, both outdoors and indoors.
Players use a solid faced paddle made of fibreglass or graphite measuring 8" wide by 15¾" long and a plastic polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball.
The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves. Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. It’s fast pace and strategic nature appeals to a wide range of ages and abilities.
Pickleball is a Life Sport.
It is accessible and available for all ages in both recreational and competitive organized play. The CPC aims to increase the number of Calgarians involved in pickleball in order to maintain an active lifestyle, build healthy relationships, positive sports attitudes and reduce health risks.
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rules of Pickleball
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