A fun paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels, Pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It is also a sport where you can keep learning new strokes and increasingly sophisticated strategies for years on end.

It’s played on a 44-by-20-foot court and is similar to both tennis and badminton with a few differences. A properly lined Pickleball court takes up about half the space of tennis court. In addition to the polymer ball — sizes vary but the standard is liken to a tennis ball — playing equipment includes solid-surface paddles about the size of racquetball racquets and a 34 inch at center to 36-inch-high net at the posts. Slightly lower than tennis. Games are generally up to 11 points (must win by two) with scoring only by the service team. All serves are lobbed in with a underhand serve.

Why it works for the over-50 crowd? It requires less running and puts less stress on joints. There’s mental work in calling, (per the rules), your score, your opponent’s score and the rotation. And everyone talks about the atmosphere of camaraderie. The United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA), estimates there are now over 400,000 players actively playing Pickleball.