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.[0] A fusion of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton, the sport has seen a rapid increase in popularity in recent years.[0] 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.[1]

Ace Pickleball Club, a franchise offering innovative indoor pickleball facilities, is set to debut early in 2023.[2] The first unit, a corporate-owned venue in Roswell, Georgia, will be about 36,000 square feet with 14 indoor regulation size courts.[3] 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.[4]

In Johnson County, communities have installed permanent pickleball courts, including at Youngs Creek Park in Franklin and Craig Park in Greenwood.[5] Other area community centers, churches, and other indoor facilities cater to pickleball with designated times.[5] Pickleball can be played on a tennis court, with two no-volley zones known as “the kitchen.”[6]

Playing pickleball may have numerous health benefits, according to recent studies.[7] These include improved cardiorespiratory fitness, lowered blood pressure, and even a decreased risk of depression.[7] The game is easy to learn, fast-paced, and social, appealing to all ages and physical abilities.[8]

For the 2023 season, Major League Pickleball will be increasing its number of teams to 16.[1] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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