Join the Pickleball Craze: Get Involved with the Fastest-Growing Sport in the US
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. A fusion of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton, the sport has seen a rapid increase in popularity in recent years. As of 2017, an estimated 3.13 million people in the U.S. were playing pickleball, and many municipal tennis courts are being transformed to accommodate the game.
Ace Pickleball Club, a franchise offering innovative indoor pickleball facilities, is set to debut early in 2023. The first unit, a corporate-owned venue in Roswell, Georgia, will be about 36,000 square feet with 14 indoor regulation size courts. Every court will be equipped with technology for livestreaming and instant replay, and members will be able to access the facility 24-hours a day.
In Johnson County, communities have installed permanent pickleball courts, including at Youngs Creek Park in Franklin and Craig Park in Greenwood. Other area community centers, churches, and other indoor facilities cater to pickleball with designated times. Pickleball can be played on a tennis court, with two no-volley zones known as “the kitchen.”
Playing pickleball may have numerous health benefits, according to recent studies. These include improved cardiorespiratory fitness, lowered blood pressure, and even a decreased risk of depression. The game is easy to learn, fast-paced, and social, appealing to all ages and physical abilities.
For the 2023 season, Major League Pickleball will be increasing its number of teams to 16. Odell Beckham Jr. is now an investor in a couple different professional sports, including a stake in Club Necaxa of Liga MX and Major League Pickleball's expansion franchise in Washington D.C.
Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the sport, there are plenty of ways to get involved with pickleball. All you need are some paddles, a wiffle ball and a court, and you’re ready to join in on the fun.
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