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Chinese are chasing Frisbee, Americans are fascinated by Pickleball


Frisbee is undoubtedly the most popular trendy sport among Chinese people, and Americans on the other side of the ocean have other hobbies.

According to the Pickleball Association of America, 4.8 million people will participate in the sport in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 39%. In addition, the American Sports and Fitness Industry Association named Pickleball the fastest-growing sport in the United States for the second year in a row.

What is Pickleball? In 1965, Washington state Congressman Joel Pritchard and his friends Bill Bell and Barney McCallum vacationed on Bainbridge Island, Washington, to give The children relieved their boredom. They made some rackets with the tools they could find, pulled up the net and started playing. This is the prototype of Pickleball.

Pickleball also has a mixed doubles format.

Because Pickleball's playing field is relatively small, it does not require frequent long-distance sprints, and there is no direct physical confrontation. At the same time, the requirements for participants' physical conditions and physical fitness are low, and there will be no disparity between men and women competing on the same field, especially suitable for the elderly. people and young people who are new to sports.

From the perspective of the core participants, Pickleball can be said to be a frisbee game for the elderly. According to the data of the American Pickleball Association, there are 1.3 million core sports people who play Pickleball more than 8 times a year. Most of them are over 65 years old, but the sports group under the age of 55 is growing fastest.

Young was not absent when Pickleball took off. As can be seen from the 2022 Pickleball Report released by the American Sports and Fitness Industry Association, one-third of players are under the age of 25, and 17% of players are over 65 years old. Young people may not enjoy Pickleball as much as older people, but they still want to get involved in the sport.

Young people want to play, old people love to play, the number of participants in Pickleball has naturally increased, and related events have begun to flourish.