Have you ever heard of pickleball inventedin the 1960s it's a game with an odd name but it's gaining huge popularity in Americaand it's starting to get fans here in the UK too now there's some big sports stars whoare back in it including basketball legend LeBron James and tennis star NaomiOsaka so it's clear it's a big hit but what exactly is it I'm here to meeta young pickleball star to find out more hey Oscar it's lovely to meet you nice to meet youtoo now I've been hearing loads about pickleball tell me everything can you break it down forme so it's playing on badminton sized courts with a tennis racket and it's really fun andeasy games pick up for most people it's also played these uh carbon fiber paddles which makeit strong light and durable also these wiffle.

Balls with these small holes too oh brilliantso there's actually no pickles involved then no not it but the creator of pickleball actuallyhad a dog named pickles so that's why it's named pickleball now I've heard you're a bit of a proplayer and you've been really getting into it yeah how did you get started well my brotherfirst joined my local Club about four years ago when ever since then the whole family's beencoming it's just very addictive and easy to play and also recently I came second in the EnglishNationals okay it all sounds amazing but enough of the chat I want to play can you teach mesome moves yeah let's do it let's go for it let's get going teach me something so thisis the thing your feet need to be down in the volley zone because even if it's oldyou can't volley but it's all about this.

Thinking and make sure it dropped theball drops in the kitchen like that nice okay so it drops in the kitchenjust about goes over the net like that and can I step over this white line oneonce it bounces you can get in the kitchen it's really fun it's really good isn't it kindof easy to pick up I enjoy pickleball because it's a fun cooperative team sport I enjoy likethe people that you get to play it with like the club I enjoy pickleball because it's an easyplay game and it can be quick paced you make quite a few friends like even if they're older thanyou and you also get to play really fun shots
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Anyone for a spot of pickleball?!

Nope we’re not talking about playing with your food, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the US at the moment.

According to research by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, around 4.8 million people played pickleball last year, that’s almost double the number of people playing it five years ago.

The sport now has two national professional tournaments and and pickleball organisers are even trying to get it included in the 2028 Olympics as a demonstration sport.

But what on earth is pickleball, and where did it come from?

Pickleball is a mash-up of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be played by singles or in pairs, either indoors or outside.

The aim of the game is to get the ball over the net and prevent your opponent from hitting it back.

Players use hard paddles a little bigger than ping-pong bats, and a light plastic ball called a wiffle ball (we promise we’re not making this up) to play.

The term ‘kitchen’ refers to the no-volley zone and ‘dinking’ is a soft shot that sends the other player scrambling towards the net to reach the ball in time.

The game was invented in 1965 by US Congressman Joel Pritchard and his friend Bill Bell during a summer holiday with their families in Washington.

According to one of the game’s creators the sport gets its unusual name from the Pritchard family’s dog: Pickles.

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