Pickleball 101

What's the dill with pickleball? ABC News' Will Ganss has all the details America's fastest-growing sport.
4:15 | 05/24/22

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WILL GANSS: It's the fastest growing sport in America, participation up 40% in the last two years alone. - Oh! - Yeah, yes! - This is pickleball. Did somebody say pickleball? [MUSIC PLAYING] And despite its name, the sport has nothing to do with pickles. Oh! A slight swing and a miss. - Pickleball. - Kind of strange name. - I know. Yeah. - Where does it come from? - So the story that has stuck that I hear over and over is a gentleman who created the sport, his dog was named Pickles, former tennis player. And that's where it came from, just a dog named Pickles. WILL GANSS: Aaron Feuerstein, pickleball instructor at the 92nd Street Y in New York, says pickleball is a really big deal. - Well, I have a list of over 300 people that want to play here on a semester-by-semester basis. And yesterday we just listed our summer classes, and they sold out in eight minutes. Eight minutes-- - Unbelievable. - --sold out. Yeah. - You're basically like Beyonce when she announces a tour, tickets gone. - [LAUGHS] Tickets gone, that's it. I - Think you're the Beyonce of pickleball. - You know what, I don't dance as well as her, but, yeah, yeah. WILL GANSS: [LAUGHS] The sport proving popular for so many reasons. Who should be playing pickleball? - I think anybody should be playing pickleball. I have my youngest is a group of 10-year-old boys that want to play to the end of the spectrum where I had a gentleman yesterday who is 86 and really agile and mobile. And so it's a wide range. There's no limit to who can play this sport. - Talk to me a little bit about gameplay and why you keep coming back to play. - Well, first and foremost, it's just so much fun. It's like reliving your childhood. I mean, we get a little bit intense, but most of the time, there's a lot of laughter and camaraderie. WILL GANSS: Essentially, mix of tennis, ping pong, and badminton, pickleball is played on an area half the size of the tennis court. First up, some pickleball patois, dinking. AARON FEUERSTEIN: Dinking, light rally back and forth. This is a great tool in the sport of pickleball. WILL GANSS: The kitchen, that's the area closer to the neck. You cannot be touching the kitchen zone or the kitchen line while volleying a ball. In fact, you can only go in there if the ball bounces within the kitchen first. Do we know why it's called the kitchen? - You got to stay out, it's hot. [LAUGHTER] WILL GANSS: Teams of two serve up a wiffle ball, rallying for points until one team reaches 11, but you have to win by 2. That serve is lethal. What's the secret to a great story? - I have a-- I have some power, you know. I have some power. WILL GANSS: Yeah. JANE STARK: --and I go for it. WILL GANSS: Going for it-- check. Glad that wall is padded. [LAUGHS] Power, we'll get there. But consider this beginner pickleballer totally hooked. [ROCK MUSIC] Washsp! Yeah, OK, so the Association of Pickleball Professionals New York City Open gets underway tomorrow at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Yeah, that's where Serena Williams plays at the US Open. But the winner of the Pickleball Open will win a $125,000, you guys. - Oh, sign me up. - Sign me up. - It was a ton of fun, a great sport for all ages, all athletic types. I can't recommend it enough. - So I was going to ask you how easy it was to learn, right? It's not overwhelming in terms of rules. - No, no. It was super easy to learn, super easy to play. I can't wait to go back, to be honest with you. - Andrew, I'm going to put you on blast. - OK, here we go. - He was talking about the fact that you don't need to be the most-- like, the person who is the most physically fit does not always win. - Correct, it's the great equalizer. Because of the rules, especially like the kitchen, you can't just like run up and slam the ball down. So you really have to be strategic where you place the ball. So the last time I played, you know-- - Do a dance. Do a dance. Do a dance. - Yeah. - (CHANTING) Do the pickle dance. Do the pickle dance. - Yeah, it looks like that.

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