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by Kelly Campbell

Happy Valentine’s Day from TrackitHub! 

‘Tis the season to spread love, and there’s nothing we love more than pickleball. 

Dear Pickleball, 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue, 

Pickleball, here are all of the reasons we love you. 

This isn’t just a quick love affair –– I’ll be dinking for the rest of time. 

Pickleball is the newest lifetime sport, or a sport that one can play throughout their whole life, that has gained popularity over the last few years. Because it’s low-impact, has customizable intensity, and improves balance and coordination, it allows older people to stay active without fear of injury. Like golf, another mainstream lifetime sport, pickleball is becoming an activity to base vacations around and is popular amongst snowbirds. Although pickleball blew up first amongst older generations and retirement communities, it has infiltrated a generation of younger players –– and with recent strides, is on its way to becoming a mainstream professional sport. Pickleball’s likely longevity is part of the reason pickleball is so appealing to younger generations in that there’s no expiration date –– they’ll be able to play well into older ages. 

I don’t mean to say that you’re a cheap date, but you certainly don’t break the bank. 

Pickleball is a low-maintenance and relatively cheap sport for newbies. A beginner paddle can cost as low as $10-15. Players can either find a public court or make a DIY court in a garage or driveway with chalk and a temporary net. Of course, as a player’s skill level increases, there are plenty of options for higher-cost and better-quality pickleball equipment, but getting started is easy and inexpensive. 

Some like to play hard to get, but it was easy to court you. 

Luckily, pickleball is one of the easiest sports to pick up and learn –– that’s why it’s perfect for all ages. The rules are simple, and even though strategies can get complex, the overall mechanics are easily manageable. At first, all you need is a paddle and a ball. Because of its overall benefits and easy-to-learn rules, pickleball has also become a popular topic in Physical Education courses in early education. TrackitHub’s Beginner-Friendly Pickleball Guide can help players who are just starting to learn the basics.  

Luckily, you’re not too clingy –– you encourage us to get out there and socialize.

It takes two to play pickleball, which makes it a great way to socialize. Whether playing singles or doubles, pickleball encourages players to make new connections. Joining leagues and tournaments, playing pickup at public parks, and joining online pickleball forums can help you build your network of pickleball-lovers. Having healthy social outlets is also linked to improved mental health. Pickleball Forum, which has over 80k members, is one of the most popular online pickleball groups. As always, use TrackitHub’s #1 online pickleball management platform to find courts near you and connect with other picklers. 

You’re health-conscious and always encourage exercise in a fun way. 

Pickleball is a perfect activity for overall wellness. Between being a positive social outlet, encouraging players to get outside, and its health benefits from exercise, only good things can come from picking up a paddle. Because it’s a low-intensity workout, regular pickleball playing can lower cholesterol, improve joint health, control and decrease risks for heart disease, regulate blood sugar, improve balance and strength, and carries little injury risk. Pickleball is also great for mental health, as exercise is shown to reduce and prevent depression symptoms.

Even though it seems like everyone loves you these days, we know that our love for you will keep growing as you do. 

Pickleball’s popularity keeps growing, and it has now been the fastest-growing sport in the US for four years. A new study estimates that nearly 40 million people played pickleball between August 2021 – August 2022, a massive jump from USA Pickleball’s previously-estimated four million picklers. Even celebrities –– from the Kardashians to Ellen –– are obsessed with dinking. We seem to continuously hear about new high-profile celebrity investments in pickleball, including LeBron James, Tom Dundon, and Kevin Durant. In the next few years, pickleball is expected to keep exploding in popularity in both professional and recreational settings. 

Let’s go out for a dink. 

With love, 



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