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Is Pickleball for Seniors… ONLY?

by | Jul 5, 2022 | Pickleball

Pickleball used to be thought of as a sport for seniors. But now pickleball for seniors is no longer the case.

USAP has three approved aging brackets:

  • Juniors (18 and under),
  • Adults (19 & over) 
  • Seniors (50+)

Why is pickleball so popular among seniors?

Pickleball for seniors is a great choice because it can be played indoors or outdoors, it is played on a smaller court and can be played in a singles or doubles format.

The paddle and ball are light weight so someone with arthritic joints can still play.

Pickleball is gaining popularity with children.

I have four boys between the age of 9 and 13. They enjoy playing pickleball more than tennis because the court is smaller and the game is more quick paced.

Serving and returning the ball is easier and because they are usually playing with a whiffle ball instead of an official pickleball pickleball or a tennisball.

I think pickleball for kids is a better choice than tennis because the ball doesn’t move as quickly. 

Pickleball is gaining popularity with young adults.

As young adults learn the joy of playing pickleball I am finding more facilities are adding pickleball courts. 

Lifetime Family Fitness recently added indoor pickleball courts. These courts require less floor space and are less expensive than racketball courts or tennis courts.

Best Pickleball Shorts for Seniors

In the following video the Pickleball Pirates share three effective shots older pickleball players can use to remain competitive against younger players. 

Foot Work and Agility Training for Seniors

As a physical therapist I love the foot work and agility training pickleball providers aging adults.