Pickleball is a sport in which two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit
a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball
, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net
and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime
but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.
The pickleball court is similar to a doubles badminton court. The actual size of the court is 20×44 feet
for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36 inches on the ends, and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped
like a tennis court, with no alleys; but the outer courts, and not the inner courts, are divided in half by service lines.
The inner courts are non-volley zones and extend 7 feet from the net on either side.
Pickleball net systems