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A reporter asks why pickleball is popular, so I taught him how to play Pickleball!

Seniors staying young about to play pickleball

Staying young at heart with pickleball!


As I’ve written before, my love of this wacky ( literally) game is explained in my personal quest to get naturally high ( the unnatural way almost killed me so I quit that nonsense !). From a recovering addict’s point of view who is 14 years clean and sober, there is nothing that compares kicking my dopamine and serotonin into high brain altitude as pickleball. Simply put it is an amazing stimulating experience. Pickleball has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its accessibility, social nature, and physical benefits.

Here are some reasons why it’s so appealing:

  1. Easy to learn: Pickleball is relatively easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the court is smaller than a traditional tennis court, making it easier for beginners to get the hang of the game quickly.
  2. Social aspect: Pickleball is often played in doubles, which makes it a great way to socialize and meet new people. It’s a fun activity that people can enjoy together, and many communities have started pickleball groups or clubs that organize regular games.
  3. Low-impact: Pickleball is a low-impact sport, which means it puts less stress on your joints and muscles than other high-impact activities like running or basketball. This makes it an excellent option for people who want to stay active but have physical limitations or injuries.
  4. Physical benefits: Despite being low-impact, pickleball still provides a good workout. It improves cardiovascular health, builds muscle strength, and improves hand-eye coordination.
  5. Competitive yet fun: Pickleball can be played at a leisurely pace or a competitive level, depending on your preferences. It’s a fun game that can be enjoyed with friends and family or played more seriously in organized leagues and tournaments.

Overall, pickleball is an appealing sport because it’s easy to learn, social, low-impact, provides physical benefits, and can be played at any skill level.

shows the group of young people about to play pickleball

Here come the millennials!

But what really sets pickleball apart is the sense of community and fun that comes with it. As I mentioned earlier, pickleball is often played in doubles, which means that players are constantly interacting with each other, encouraging each other, and having a good time together. This creates a welcoming atmosphere that is not always present in other sports.

In addition, pickleball is a sport that can be played by people of all ages and backgrounds. I’ve played with teenagers, retirees, and everyone in between. It’s not uncommon to see parents playing with their children or grandparents playing with their grandkids. This diversity adds to the sense of community and makes pickleball a sport that truly brings people together.

And let’s not forget about the fun factor. Pickleball is a silly, wacky game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The sound of the ball hitting the paddle, the strategic placement of shots, and the occasional mis-hit that leads to laughter all contribute to the game’s overall enjoyment.

So it’s no surprise that pickleball is becoming more and more popular. It offers a unique combination of accessibility, sociability, physical benefits, and fun. And for me, as a recovering addict, it provides a natural high that I can feel good about. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Who knows, you might just fall in love with it like I did, and I believe in this so much that I invited CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster to come on down to see exactly what I’m talking about! I even taught the reporter, Jeremy Ratt, to play, and it turned out to be one of the most extended games that I have ever played with a newbie! Have a listen to the segment here.