Q: Pickleball has been among the fasting-growing sports in the U.S. for some time now. Do you see it continuing to grow?
A: Absolutely, we believe pickleball will become the largest sport in America by participation. It's easy to learn, fun, great for all ages and social – these are all reasons we see its growth continuing.
Q: What age groups have you seen the most growth for the sport?
A: The 18-24 age group is the fastest-growing segment. This is exciting to see because pickleball was once a sport primarily for seniors. The average age of players dropped below 40 for the first time ever last year.
Q: Why is pickleball so popular?
A: Two major reasons:
1. It is a really easy sport to learn. Anyone can go out their first time, learn the rules, have fun and even win games. That is simply not true of other sports like golf and tennis.
2. It is a social sport, you often play doubles, which naturally encourages conversation with your teammates and opponents. It's also commonly played in an open-play format where 50+ players come out and take turns on the courts. This allows lots of time for socializing, which players enjoy.
Q: How did pickleball get its name?
A: There is much controversy around this! Some believe it was named after the founder’s dog, Pickles…but the dog after pickleball. It was actually named after a "pickleboat," which is a term from rowing to describe a boat with mish-mash of rowers from different teams. And that's exactly what pickleball is – a mish-mash of different sports.