April is National Pickleball Month
April is National Pickleball Month
America’s fastest growing sport celebrates an annual national promotion to bring people of all ages into the game.
SURPRISE, ARIZ. (March 9, 2018) — To help promote the fastest growing sport in America, the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) along with sports industry companies and organizations have named April “National Pickleball Month.”
Pickleball is a fun, active paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. Pickleball uses a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, and is played as both singles and doubles.
According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, the sport has surged in participation over the last five years, with more than 2.8 million players as of 2017, placing pickleball among the fastest growing sports in the U.S.
“Pickleball is just exploding with players and interest,” says USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof. “Creating National Pickleball Month for the month of April will help us to promote the sport nationwide to people of all ages, and help to get Americans moving, active and enjoying this fun sport.”
National Pickleball Month is designed to boost all areas of the sport, from bringing more people into the game, to helping pickleball “providers” promote programs and leagues, to making public parks and sports facilities aware of the interest in pickleball in their communities.
“We see this as a ‘rallying point’ to promote the sport throughout the U.S. on the local level,” Maloof says. “The USAPA has built up a nationwide network of 1,700 dedicated ‘Pickleball Ambassadors,’ and designating April as National Pickleball Month will help them to further get the word out about all the great benefits pickleball can provide not just to individuals of all ages, but also to communities.”
Pickleball amabassadors and providers can tie-in to National Pickleball Month by scheduling events and social play during April, promoting tournaments during the month, offering special discounts for first-time players, or any other local promotion that will help bring more people into the game and create more programs and courts. USAPA has assembled a media ‘tool kit’ and made it available to all of it’s 1,700 plus ambassadors as a way to help them promote their initiatives. National Pickleball Month also is a time to get out the word to mainstream consumers about the health, fitness and social benefits of the sport.
For consumers looking to get into the game, the USAPA offers a “Places 2 Play” guide on its website, www.USAPA.org. Pickleball providers can sign up their locations, programs and contact information for free, and players can do a simple search to see what’s available in their areas.
For sports facilities, schools and communities, pickleball courts are easy to create. A pickleball court is 44 feet long by 20 feet wide, and many courts are lined on existing sports surfaces, such as tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, in addition to being built as “standalone” courts. The USAPA estimates that each month, 300 pickleball courts are created in the U.S., either by adding lines to existing courts or building standalone courts.
If you or your club are interested in coordinating and promoting a free pickleball event or clinic in April as a way to promote National Pickleball Month, please reach out to your local USAPA ambassador for assistance. You can find local ambassadors by using the USAPA Ambassador Search Tool.