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Embrace the Excitement of National Pickleball Month

April is National Pickleball Month, a time when enthusiasts and newcomers alike celebrate this fast-growing sport.This month-long celebration is not just about playing pickleball; it's an opportunity to bond over the comradery the sport brings, to appreciate its health-promoting qualities, and to discuss the future of pickleball. Whether you've been part of the pickleball community for years or are just looking to start, April promises a host of activities designed to unite players of all levels

The Origins and Evolution of Pickleball

It was the summer of 1965 at the home of Joel Pritchard when the game of Pickelball was first conceived with the help of friends Barney McCallum and Bill Bell. To beat boredom, the three friends and with the help of their children came together to create a game that combined badminton and table tennis to eventually turn into what we know of the game today. The name "pickleball" itself has an interesting origin. It was coined by Joan Pritchard, who was inspired by the pickle boat in crew races, where oarsmen were picked from the leftovers of other boats. It wasn't until 1976 that the first Pickleball tournament would be held in Tukwila, Washington, is credited with being the first formal pickleball tournament. It was billed as "The World's First Pickleball Championship" by Joel Pritchard and received a mention in the July 1976 edition of Tennis magazine. Fast forward to 2022 and Pickleball is named the state sport of Washington, underscoring its cultural significance in its place of origin. As of 2024, Pickleball is now the fastest-growing sport in America for the third year running and according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), more than 13.6 million people played pickleball across the US in 2023.

Improving Your Game During Pickleball Month

At Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach, Pickleball is one of our passions! To elevate your pickleball game during National Pickleball Month and join in on the fun, focus on strategic practice and mindful preparation. Here are some practical tips tailored for our audience:

  • Dedicate at least 30 minutes, three times a week, to practice specific skills such as dinking, speedups, and resets at the kitchen line using the Dink Dink Bang Drill.

  • Balance Training: Spend two-thirds of your practice time on weaker areas and one-third on enhancing strengths.

  • Engage in drills like the Fast Hands Drill to increase hand speed and the Slinky Drill to master shots in the transition zone.

  • Utilize techniques like visualization and positive self-talk to enhance concentration during games. Establish pre-point routines and practice deep breathing to maintain focus and eliminate distractions.

  • Improve your footwork by anticipating shots and maintaining a ready position with knees slightly bent and paddle prepared.

  • Develop a reliable serve by practicing various types, such as underhand and topspin, to keep opponents guessing.

The Community Aspect of Pickleball

Pickleball's community aspect is particularly vibrant at Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach. Pickleball is not just a sport; it's a social event that brings people together, enhancing physical health and fostering social interactions. Regular games help improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. There are also local pickleball events and clubs to strengthen our community bonds. The inclusive nature of pickleball, where everyone from beginners to advanced players finds a place, ensures that everyone can enjoy the sport! At Plantation Oaks, we celebrate the love of Pickleball 365 days a year, and there are weekly meetups to participate in.

As we look to the future of pickleball and the celebration of the sport this April, it is evident that the sport holds a special place in the hearts of Plantation Oaks residents. This month-long celebration extends beyond the pickleball courts, contributing to a more engaged, healthy, and vibrant community. Let's carry forward the joy, health benefits, and community spirit celebrated this month, continuing to foster an environment where every resident feels valued and connected, through pickleball and beyond.

Phot of Pickleball courts at Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach

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