Pickleball: Fun Facts

PICKLEBALL FUN FACTS*

First Annual Pickleball Championship

  • The sport of pickleball has been around since 1965
  • It remained a well kept secret until 2008 when the game hit the senior market
  • Today it is estimated that over2 million people play the game
  • It is estimated by 2018 there will be over 8 million players
  • 68% of all players are over 60 years old
  • 53% are male and 47% female
  • Younger people are being introduced to the game in record numbers
  • Places to play are up 62% since 2010
  • USAPA membership is up 64% since 2010
  • In addition to the United States, it is played in Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, India, England,
    Australia, China, Spain, France, Singapore, Aruba, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom

* Via the US OPEN Pickleball Championship website

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – 2015

Photography – Comedy Wildlife Awards

Did you know there was a wildlife comedy award for photographers? I’ve heard of a number of National Geographic photography contests and awards, but wildlife comedy?

Well, here are some of the submissions:


THE WINNER
– This little “fella” has a full mouth with pouches stuffed nearly to capacity. Perhaps they ordered out for dinner and s/he is running home with the delivery


Hamster with stuffed pouch

These two aren’t monkeying around. They are obviously getting ready for Dancing with the Stars!

 

Laughing Seal

I guess you’d be laughing too if people stopped to take pictures of you just chillin’!

 

Two Monkeys Readying to Dance

You can see more of the top submissions at the link below.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Pickleball: USAPA Nationals VII Exciting Video

Wow, what a powerful video highlighting the excitement and the fun of pickleball;what a sport! One usually doesn’t see this much engagement by players and spectators alike at a sporting event. The video exudes the excitement and pace of the 2015 Pickleball Nationals VII.

  • 32 Pickleball Courts
  • 38 States
  • 3 Provinces
  • 764 Players
  • 2,038 Matches

From the YouTube posting:

Published on Dec 10, 2015

“The USAPA Nationals VII was a powerhouse of pickleball! The action and agility on the courts was amazing. You won’t believe all the cool shots from multiple matches that Pickleball Channel was able to capture! Check out this footage of some of the greatest moments in the tournament including aerial shots and super slow mo. If you were at Nationals this year, you just might see yourself on the court!”