Sunday, January 19, 2014

Why Play Pickleball

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world. Canada and USA have over 100,000 pickleball players. Pickleball is now played in many countries including Spain, India, Mexico, Netherlands (Ireland and UK - updated Feb 10/14). 

PIckleball Canada held its 2nd National Championship in July, 2013.  USAPA held its Nationals V Tournament in November, 2013.   India held its 1st National Tournament in December, 2013.

The first International Pickleball Tournament will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in May, 2014. The 3rd Annual Pickleball Canada National Open Championship will be held in Abbotsford, BC in July, 2014. The USAPA Nationals VI will be held in Buckeye, AZ in Nov, 2014.

If you play tennis, badminton, racquetball, squash or table tennis, you will love Pickleball. Fun and easy, the game can be played by enthusiasts of all ages who have different playing abilities. It is simple enough for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced competitive sport for the experienced players. Most who give pickleball a try find it addictive and challenging. It also provides plenty of exercise, burning about 250 calories in 30 minutes.

Pickleball works most of your muscle groups at the same time and improves your balance, mobility and agility. It's great for interval training with its quick bursts of activity and intermittent resting. Pickleball also helps with speed, overall fitness, discipline, social skills and sportsmanship. What a fun way to stay fit! Just try it once, I'm certain it won't be your last. Be Fit. Be Strong. Be Well !!

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