The MoCo Pickleball Club is a group of people from around Montgomery County that come together a few times a week to play the sport of pickleball. The club includes around 20 consistent players of all ages.
What is Pickleball?
A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. 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.
Pickleball combines the sports of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Play can be done indoors or out and is played year-round. The court resembles that of badminton with a slightly modified tennis net in which players use paddles to hit a hole-filled plastic ball. The main object of the game is to hit the ball over the net and in the opponent's court without a return. Both singles and doubles can be done, although the majority tend to prefer doubles.
According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s (SFIA) 2016 Participant Report, there are more than 2.5 million pickleball participants in the United States.
What is a Pickleball rating?
Pickleball players are rated by skill level to determine what division to compete in at tournaments. The rating system works in increments of .5, i.e. 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 (pro level).
The higher the number, the better the skill.
Each skill is described by the USAPA here.
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