Move over soccer, fast-pitch softball, and rugby; one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and in Atlanta is pickleball.
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Pickleball Fast Facts:
The USAPA says there are 150,000 active pickleball players in North America.
In Georgia, you can find leagues and courts online at: http://usapa.org/ptp/index.php?code=GA.
Watch the North Georgia Pickleball Club in action on YouTube at:
Legend says the game was named after Pritchard’s dog named “Pickles” who used to chase down stray balls.
The first permanent pickleball court was constructed in 1967.
A pickleball net is 34 inches high. The court is a rectangle 20 feet wide and 44 feet long.
By lowering the net two inches, a tennis court can easily be converted to a pickleball court, in fact two pickleball courts can be placed on one tennis court.
The “non volley zone” in pickleball is also called “the kitchen.”
The 5th National Pickleball finals take place this November in Buckeye, Arizona.