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Pickleball

Pickleball is most often described as oversized ping pong and undersized tennis!

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History
The game was invented in 1965 in the US to entertain a family that didn’t have a tennis court and could not find a shuttlecock for badminton.

Where
A pickleball court is approximately the same size as a badminton court: 20 x 44ft and the net is 36 inches high.

How to play
Pickleball can be played as doubles or singles. The game begins with the ball being served underhand, diagonally across the court. Players must allow the ball to bounce on each side of the net before volleys are allowed. Similar to tennis, the ball is hit back and forth over the net until someone misses the ball or it lands out. Only the serving team can score points and games are played to 11. For more information visit Pickleball Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Paddle racquet
- Court and net
- Pickle ball

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

For a visually impaired person to play pickleball, the following adaptations could be made. The ball could be bigger and a bright colour. The rackets could be bigger.

The game could be played with a beep ball, or with a ball that has bells in it so it gives off an auditory noise. The rules of game could be modified to allow for multiple bounces of ball.

For an individual who is Deaf or hard of hearing, establish communication techniques, and use a flag instead of a whistle.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

Consider the following modifications to pickleball. The court could be made smaller and the net lowered. The ball could be bigger. Change the rules to adapt to the needs of the participants such as allowing unlimited bounces and not keeping score.

Mobility Limitation

Consider the following modifications to pickleball. The court could be made smaller and the net lowered. The ball could be bigger. Change the rules to adapt to the needs of the participants such as allowing unlimited bounces and not keeping score.

Benefits of Pickleball

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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