What is Pickleball?

What is Pickleball

As it is a very new sport in the UK, we get asked ‘what is pickleball?’ a lot! Despite being huge in the US with at least 40 million regular players, it is still relatively undiscovered here, so scroll down to see a brief explanation of what it is and why it is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. To find out more about us, click the button below.

Ash coaching a pickleball lesson

Pickleball origins

Pickleball was created in 1965 and its popularity spread across the United States throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It attracted players of all ages due to its accessibility, ease of learning, and ability to accommodate various skill levels. By the 1990s, it had gained recognition as a legitimate sport, with organised tournaments and dedicated facilities. Today, it is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. It is played in community centers, parks, schools, and dedicated courts, attracting players of all ages, including both recreational enthusiasts and competitive athletes.

Ash executing a bounce serve in pickleball

Health benefits

Social benefits

It also has great social benefits. Lemon pickleball offer open play, which gives you the opportunity to play with and against lots of different players in a relaxed but competitive environment.

Alex demonstrating a smash in pickleball


  • Pickleball is played on a court that resembles a badminton court, measuring 20 feet wide and 44 feet long.
  • It includes the non-volley zone, also known as the kitchen, which is a seven-foot area on each side of the net where players are not allowed to volley the ball.
  • Points can only be scored by the servers. Servers cannot serve and volley like in Tennis.
  • For a more comprehensive list of rules click on the link below to see the full list of rules on the USA pickleball website.

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