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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the PICKLEBALLcations FAQ page, your go-to resource for all things pickleball! Whether you’re seeking information about our exciting pickleball travel packages or have general questions about the sport itself, you’ve come to the right place.

PICKLEBALLcations Questions

How do I book a getaway package with PICKLEBALLcations?

To book a pickleball vacation with PICKLEBALLcations, you can visit our packages page to select an option or head straight to our Book Now page. 

Send us the necessary pieces of your desired package and we’ll reach out within 24-hours for an introductory call.


Can non-pickleball players join the vacation?

Of course! Non-pickleball-playing spouses, partners, and friends are welcome to join the tour. They can enjoy the tour activities and additionally have the option to learn the game of pickleball during the trip.


Are there any age restrictions for our PICKLEBALLcation?

At PICKLEBALLcations, we believe that pickleball is a sport for all ages, and we welcome players of every generation to join in the action. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, our destination vacations are designed to provide an inclusive and enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels, from kids to grandparents.

      Are there other activities outside of pickleball for us to enjoy?

      Yes! While pickleball may be the main attraction on a PICKLEBALLcation, there are often plenty of other activities to enjoy as well. 

      Activities may include (dependent on package location and amenities): golf; tennis; swimming, and water sports; fitness, and wellness activities; hiking, and outdoor exploration; cultural, and sightseeing activities; dining entertainment, and more.


      Where can my family, friends, and/or team travel on a PICKLEBALLcation?

      Check out our Packages Page to see active travel packages with various destinations.

      Some popular options featured in our packages include the United States (particularly Florida and Utah), Mexico, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, England, and Thailand.

        What are the benefits of playing pickleball on vacation?

        Pickleball provides a fun way to stay active, and fit while enjoying a leisurely vacation. It offers health benefits such as improved cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and hand-eye coordination.

        Additionally, pickleball is a social sport, allowing families to interact with other players and potentially make new friends [1].

          Can pickleball equipment be easily transported for a vacation?

          The good news is that pickleball equipment, including paddles and balls, is lightweight and compact, making it convenient to pack and travel with.

          Don’t worry if you forget anything though. Most of our destinations have rental equipment available, amongst other options.

              General Pickleball Questions

              What is pickleball?

              Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is played on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court: 20ft x 44ft. The game is played with a solid paddle and a perforated plastic ball, similar to a wiffle ball. 

              Where did pickleball come from?

              In 1965, Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington, and Bill Bell, a successful businessman, returned home to Bainbridge Island after playing golf. They wanted to play badminton but couldn’t find the proper equipment, so they improvised and played with table tennis paddles and a perforated plastic ball on an old badminton court. 

              The following weekend, Barney McCallum joined them, and together they created the rules for pickleball. The game was initially intended as a family game to play when they were bored [2].

              Where did the name 'pickleball' come from?

              The name “pickleball” was coined by Joel Pritchard’s wife, Joan Pritchard. She named it after the “pickle boat” in crew races, where leftover non-starters would race for fun.
              The term “pickle boat” referred to a boat made up of leftover rowers from multiple universities who competed in a just-for-fun race.
              There was a later controversy when some neighbors claimed that the game was named after the Pritchard family dog, Pickles. However, evidence suggests that the dog was born in 1968, three years after pickleball was first played and named [3].

              Are there any player restrictions?

              In pickleball, there are no specific player restrictions based on age, gender, or skill level. The game is designed to be inclusive and can be played by people of all ages and abilities.

              How many people play at once?

              Doubles vs. Singles: Pickleball can be played as doubles (two players per team) or singles (one player per team). Doubles is the most common format, but singles play is also allowed.

              How do you 'serve?'

              Serving: The serve must be made underhand, and the paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).

              The serve is initiated from behind the baseline, and the server must serve diagonally crosscourt and land the ball within the confines of the opposite diagonal court [4].


              How is the scoring calculated?

              Only the serving team can score points and the receiving team can only win the serve, but they cannot score points during their own serve.

              Games are typically played to 11 points winning by a margin of 2 points, (example: if the score is 11-10, the game continues until one team has a 2-point lead).

              In organized pickleball matches, it is common for players to compete in a best-of-three games format. Subsequently, the team that wins two out of three games is declared the overall winner of the match [6].


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