It’s one of the fastest growing sports out there, gaining several million players in the past few years alone.
It can be played with two players in singles format, but the more popular selection seems to be doubles, which has four players. The best part? Pickleball can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels!
Think of a sport where tennis, badminton, and ping-pong all come together to form a game played with a paddle and a plastic ball resembling a whiffle ball. The badminton-sized court can be indoors or outdoors and uses a modified tennis net.
Pickleball is easy to learn, and the rules are simple. Here are the basics of play:
Check out these videos for more details on how to play and how to keep score from the experts at USA Pickleball.
First, get yourself a paddle and balls. You can find a large variety of products in a wide range of prices online and in stores. There are even sets that sell for less than $20 if you prefer to keep costs down as you get started.
Then, head to one of these locations in the Capital Region where you can play for low or no cost to see if pickleball is the sport for you.
Search USA Pickleball for even more locations in the Capital District and neighboring communities.
PRO TIP! If you’re a CDPHP Medicare Advantage member, your SilverSneakers membership lets you play pickleball for free at more than 1,000 locations nationwide. Search locations by entering your city or zip code, then choose pickleball from the “select filters” dropdown list to see where you can play.
Work on improving your game. Upstate NY Pickleball offers clinics and lessons with professional instructors. They even offer junior programs if the kiddos want to join in the fun!
Join a club or participate in a tournament. Pickleball518 regularly posts information and news that can point you in the right direction. They even ran a “best of” poll so local enthusiasts could vote on their favorite venues, instructors, and clubs. You can see the results here.
Become a member of CDPHP Fitness Connect at the Ciccotti Center. With four indoor courts and all the necessary equipment, you can enjoy a generous open play schedule every weekday, including evening hours. And CDPHP Medicare Advantage members can play for free as part of their Senior Fit program!
Whether you’re a pickleball beginner or already an experienced player, being active is an important part of staying healthy. Sign up for the CDPHP Health Hub, powered by Virgin Pulse to log your activity and track your path to better health. The CDPHP Health Hub can be accessed from your smartphone or computer, giving you 24/7 access to powerful wellness resources right at your fingertips.
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