Pittsburgh Loves Pickleball!

Pittsburgh Loves Pickleball!

If you're thinking “What in the world is Pickleball,” read on to learn why this sport is the real dill

No one is sure why it's called Pickleball, but with more than 2 million people in North American playing the sport, it's clear that it's worth investigating. And, the truth is, Pittsburghers seem to be obsessed with all things pickles.

This Pittsburgh Post Gazette article on Pickleball explained it the best: "Pickleball takes the layout of a badminton court, then adds a slightly shortened tennis net and paddles similar to (but larger than) those used in pingpong. It's played with a wiffle ball, under modified tennis rules. No actual cucumbers are involved."


One cool thing about Pickleball is that it is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. It has traditionally been a game played by retirees, but not so anymore! The rules are simple and easy to learn for beginners, but can quickly develop into a lightning fast, competitive game for experienced players.

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We miss seeing everyone...but now we just get to look forward to seeing you all at the GAMMA Classic in July! 😊 If you haven't already registered, we'd LOVE to see you there! #familyunite

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Played either inside or outside on a court that combines both badminton and tennis elements, pickleball is played by either teams of doubles or single individuals. With the paddle, the players hit the whiffle ball in a similar fashion to tennis. As a sport that's easy to pick up but difficult to master, Pickleball is now growing in popularity in middle and high school physical education courses. All of this has led to an explosion of pickleball court construction across the United States, helping the more than 2.5 million pickleball players hone their skills.

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After all of our travelling recently, all we want to do is PLAYYYYY! 😎😍 • Hope this finds you out on the courts this weekend!

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As one of the top pickleball tournaments in the country, the Gamma Pickleball Classic brings in competitors from far and wide. The event, scheduled for Aug. 5-7, 2022, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, welcomes players of all ages and skill levels to come and compete for $30,000 in prizes, as well as have fun exploring the city. 

Considered as a good form of therapy for those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the sport combines hand and eye coordination which in turn helps manage the disease's symptoms. As a result, this year's Gamma Pickleball Classic is benefitting Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. 

Pittsburgh and pickles go hand in hand. Come see what Pickleball is all about or fine tune your skills at the Pickleball Classic August 5-7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Feel free just to come and RELISH the competition, or take a swing at this fun and energetic sport – it's a big DILL!