Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It’s played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court, and the net is similar to a tennis net but mounted two inches lower. The baseball-sized ball is similar to a whiffle ball, made of perforated plastic. The paddle is about 25% bigger than a table-tennis paddle and may be made of wood, graphite, or composite.
Since serving is done underhanded and there is less court to cover, it is easier on the knees, hips, and shoulders than most other sports, one reason pickleball is reportedly America’s fastest growing sport. Whether it’s to stay in shape, to increase a skill level, or to meet new friends, the game of pickleball can help you stay active and healthy while providing endless hours of social entertainment and enjoyment.
In May of 2012, a group of Cambrians began playing a sport sweeping the nation, Pickleball. The number of players has increased steadily and today we number about 90. Known as “Cambria Pickleball by the Sea,” we play at the Old Cambria Grammar School, 1350 Main Street. We also have a “New Players’ Clinic” on Fridays at 9 a.m. and there are extra paddles on hand for you to come and give it a try.