April 2024: Why Pickle Ball?

April 5, 2024

PIckleball guy

Spring is here and the weather is getting better. Almost time to get outside, get together and get moving! Sometimes it can be difficult deciding what activity is best. Today, there’s no need to ponder, because the latest craze is Pickleball! With so many options, why pickleball? Well, it’s a fun and relaxing game, yet accessible to friends and family of all ages. 

Similar to pickleball’s cousins, like tennis, ping-pong and badminton, it involves a net and rackets, but it has a smaller field of play, a much lighter ball to hit and less taxing physical requirements. Due to these aspects, the sport allows for convenient exercise without overstressing muscles or tendons.

Pickleball is also easy to pick up and play! You don’t need to be an expert to compete. It just takes a bit of practice.. Most pickleballers believe the sport to be more fun than it is competitive, and it assists players in getting their heart rates up for healthy circulation, almost without noticing. Additionally, it is generally easier to play while remaining unharmed. The pickle ball itself is very light and far less likely to cause injury.

One cannot forget the social benefits as well! Whether it’s with friends, family, or perfect strangers, the sport allows for casual conversation whilst achieving  a consistent, yet slower-paced aerobic workout. 

So, why pickleball? Why not? It’s accessible, simple and fun for everyone. Longview’s recreation department is home to many activities, games and events. Pickleball should be no exception. You can bet when the weather is looking good, we’ll be working on putting our pickleball team together.