In the media:
- Featured on June 10, 2014, CNN Health discussed the benefits of playing pickleball.
- NBC Nightly News featured pickleball on March 18, 2014, “Pickleball: The Fastest-Growing Sport in America“.
Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood, composite, graphite (and other material) paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. (See our Links tab for help in learning the game.)
The game traces its history to the summer of 1965 in Washington State and by 1990 was being played in all 50 states. It has been offered as a recreational sport at a number of schools across the country, including the Quad Cities. It has been actively played locally both indoors and outdoors since 2008 when pickleball court lines were painted on a number of tennis courts at city parks. Quad City pickleball courts are available in Davenport, Bettendorf, Eldridge, Rock Island, Moline, Coal Valley, and Silvis, plus courts in the nearby communities of Muscatine and DeWitt, Iowa, and Geneseo, Illinois.