Singles or doubles, anyone? How about pickleball, tennis, or badminton? If you are a racquet-sport aficionado or pro, or just want to game around with your buddies, Seabrook has courts!
For pickleball, there’s a court in Kucera Park, south of Market Street (SOMA) above the Pacific Ocean, and a second court (plus adapted tennis courts) inside the Farm District off Horseshoe Lane beyond the playground and outdoor basketball court.
For tennis, the regulation-sized courts are also inside the Farm District off Horseshoe Lane. Badminton matches can be waged in Crescent Park, which is right next to the indoor pool.
Check in at Buck’s Northwest to check out paddles, racquets, and other equipment.
Game, set, match!
“Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and can be played by kids and adults of all ages. Skill levels range from beginner, to tournament player, to Pro. I personally love playing in Seabrook especially in the ocean air climate. For more information on the great sport of Pickleball, go to USAPA.org.” − Scott Smith USAPA Ambassador, frequent Pickleball player at Seabrook
10 FACTS TO SHARE
- Wiktionary describes pickleball as a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.
- Pickleball was invented in 1965 by three fathers from Bainbridge Island, Washington to entertain their kids.
- According to Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, despite its name, pickleball has nothing to do with actual pickles. The sport is instead named after one of the inventor’s cocker spaniel, “Pickles,” who enjoyed chasing the ball while his owners played.
- Pickleball has its own national governing body, the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA), which regulates professional play for the sport.
- Like tennis, pickleball can be played as both a singles and doubles sport and has rules that allow teams with standing players and wheelchaired players to play each other.
- Every U.S. state and all Canadian provinces now have pickleball venues.
- In the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s (SFIA) 2019 Pickleball Participant Report, they state pickleball currently has 3.3 million players in the U.S.
- Naples, Florida is currently designated Pickleball Capital of the World.
- pickleball.com describes pickleball as easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five, or somewhere in between.
- Here’s a short video on Five Tips to Improve your Pickleball Game by Glen Peterson – national and international pickleball champion.
Sources: Summaries of numerous corroborative websites.