SALT LAKE CITY — In a new ranking of pickleball and its popularity in the nation’s biggest cities, Salt Lake City comes in fourth.
The Coventry Direct marketing company gathered information about the 50 largest cities in the United States to determine which city was the best for pickleball. They assigned values based on the number of pickleball courts and clubs a city offers, the number of places that offer pickleball lessons, as well as information about average precipitation and temperatures.
Based on their calculations, Salt Lake City is the fourth-best city in the nation in which to play pickleball, often described as a ping-pong-tennis hybrid.
What is pickleball?
According to USA Pickleball, the game is played on a modified tennis court. It involves a net, modified paddles and a whiffle-type ball.
And for a game that was invented by a bunch of dads in Washington state in the ’60s, it has a bunch of rules. But generally:
- Players serve underhand; and when serving, the paddle can’t go above the waist.
- The serve is diagonal, and the ball can’t land in the 7-foot “non-volley zone” on either side of the net.
- According to the rules, the first serve must be allowed to bounce before returning. The same applies to the return of the first serve.
- After the first serve and return service, players may volley the ball back and forth without letting the ball bounce.
- Players cannot volley the ball from the non-volley zone.
- Play continues until there is a fault.
- Only players who are serving can…