PICKLEBALL PALACE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT…PICKLEBALL!
Bunkybee loves to hear about people passionately pursuing their favorite recreational activities, and we hope that you are inspired by reading about them too! This Q&A session highlights two skilled pickleball players, Sari & Rebecca. Pickleball is America's fastest growing sport, and the pickleball-playing duo realized that with this growing interest in the sport, there weren’t enough places to play in their area. Their company, Pickleball Palace, operates in Chatham, Livingston & Roseland, NJ, and is successfully building interest in the game and bringing pickleball to more people by offering open plays, open houses, sponsored events, clinics, lessons and more.
My family has enjoyed playing pickleball, after being introduced to the sport by the grandparents, and playing when visiting them in NC, or while vacationing down at the Jersey shore. But we were frustrated that we couldn’t find a place to play pickleball, other than the local oversized tennis courts. We are excited to now have this new opportunity to play pickleball, and I know others will be too. Give it a try!
A: What makes pickleball so unique is the social aspect to the game. Not only do players tend to talk to each other between points, but even those who are waiting for their turn to play jump in on those coversations. Games are quick and players rotate partners constantly, so you can show up alone and play with as many as a dozen different people depending on how long you stay. There is a real community that exists among pickleballers.
Q: Please share a special moment you have had while playing pickleball, that when you think about it, the memory makes you laugh or smile.
A: The most special moments have been being on the court playing with our parents, spouses and children. It’s a great game for families and it’s truly a multi-generational sport.
A: We are most proud of our happy customer base. The fact that people come back week after week lets us know that we are doing something right. We are also very excited about launching our kids' programming this month. They are the future of our sport so getting them interested early will only help to grow the sport.
Q: Ok- the name Pickleball is unique all in and of itself. but tell me- what’s the deal with the kitchen and dinks? What are some rules of pickleball play that you think some people may not be familiar with if they assume it is the same as tennis?
A: The kitchen (also known as the non-volley zone) is a 14 foot long area of the court that runs from sideline to sideline and sits 7 feet on each side of the center net. Unlike in tennis where players can smash balls while standing inches from the net, pickleball players are not allowed to hit a volley out of the air if standing inside of the kitchen. Players may enter the kitchen to retrieve a ball on a bounce but then must quickly retreat out of the kitchen to avoid hitting the next shot out of the air while still inside. Dinks are shots that a player hits when standing at the kitchen line and are intended to be soft shots that land inside of the kitchen on the other side of the net. The purpose of the dink is to take away your opponent's ability to smash a ball back at you by keeping the shot low and inside your opponent's kitchen.
A: Don't waste any more time! Go out there and give it a try. Even if you've never played a sport in your life, pickleball is easy to learn and you can be playing games by the end of your first day.
Q: What do you think the future holds for you as a pickleball player and pickleball business person? Is there anything else you would like to share about your passion for your pastime?
A: We hope that as the sport continues to grow, we will grow as well.
If you haven’t already, give pickleball a try! If you are in the NJ area, these enthusiastic ladies will show you how. To follow Sari and Rebecca and find out more information about league play, sign up times, and open play at their various locations you can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pickleballpalacenj/ Or contact them at email@example.com.
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