You’ve probably heard of pickleball. What your kids may know as a routine gym activity has exploded in popularity throughout NJ. This paddle sport (oddly named after a food, though legend has it pickleball was named after a pup named Pickles who loved to chase his ball around Bainbridge Island in Washington) combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong—and will have you working up a sweat in no time.
Don’t stress if you’ve never played. Pickleball embraces newcomers and those of all skill levels. It’s a lot gentler on the body and knees than tennis, but it can get pretty fast-paced for experienced players. The USAPA Pickleball Association explains the game as a fun, easy-to-learn paddle sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. The rules are easy to pick up and you can check out the player handbook here.
Here are the basics:
- The game is played with either singles or doubles.
- It requires a special pickleball paddle and plastic ball with holes.
- Attire is usually anything comfortable and sporty.
- It’s played on a badminton-size court, which is a bit shorter than a tennis court.
According to a report from USA Pickleball, New Jersey has 951 total courts, 396 of which are indoors. Samrat “Sam” Sood is looking to add to that through a franchising deal with Pickleball Kingdom. There are 20 more indoor locations on the horizon, but the locations have not yet been announced.
Here’s where else you can play around the state:
21 New Jersey 10, Whippany
600 Drum Point Rd., Brick
3001 Avalon Ave., Avalon
Nelson and Bay Ave., Beach Haven
480 Brookside Ave., Allendale
265 42nd St., Brigantine
Glen Wild Way off Cherry Ridge Rd., Highland Lakes
Note: You must be a member or guest of a member to play on the private lake community courts.
1820 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill
36 Artisan Pl., Colts Neck
1115 Rte. 31 South, Lebanon
2566 Guam Ln., Tinton Falls
79 Horse Hill Rd., Cedar Knolls
20 Foxcroft Dr., Livingston
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1226 Adams St., Hoboken
137 Mountain View Rd., Hillsborough
1865 Harrison Ave., Camden
Bay Blvd. and Magee Ave., Lavallette
120 Rte. 522, Manalapan
1996 Recreation Way, Marlboro
197 Blackwell Rd., Pennington
65 Georgia Rd., Freehold Twp.
North Church Street Recreation Center
111 W 2nd St., Moorestown
Tuckahoe Rd., Tuckahoe
18th St., and Haven Ave., Ocean City
40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia
150 Raymond Rd., Princeton
401 Parkway Dr., Rahway
Cropwell Rd., Cherry Hill
31 W. Academy St., Williamstown
915 Glenview Rd., Ridgewood
149 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren
19th Street Courts, Weehawken
8th Street, Fort Lee
201-592-3500, ext. 2505
166 Maple Ave., Red Bank
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