Why is pickleball so popular?

Admittedly I’ve never tried pickleball. In fact, turns out I belong to “Stage One” of the four stages of pickleball acceptance, which is ‘judgement’. Today we explore the pickleball phenomenon with my special guest Rick McCord, co-founder of a career coaching company who guides individuals through transitions and helps them discover their true passions. Rick sheds light on why this sport is sweeping the nation. Stats indicate that 20% of the U.S. population has played pickleball at least once. Despite its quirky name and being seen as a less strenuous cousin to tennis, we discover the magnetic draw of pickleball, from its inclusive nature welcoming players of all ages to the sheer joy it brings. Listen in as we share anecdotes of personal skepticism turning into fascination and learn why this game’s allure extends beyond mere physical activity. 

Pickleball is about connections, community, and overcoming life’s curveballs. We highlight a story about Pete and his triumph over depression through the camaraderie found on the pickleball courts and debate the fine line between healthy competition and the pure fun of the game. Rick and I also crack up over the sport’s unique lingo that’s as much a part of the game as the paddles and the net. 

In this episode: 

  • The four stages of ‘pickleball acceptance’ 
  • Discovering the love for pickleball 
  • The appeal of pickleball – age groups, low entry barriers 
  • Evolution of the game over 60 years – and a dog named Pickles 
  • Pickleball court etiquette  
  • The game and community – new friends, social connections, and Pete’s story 
  • Exploring competitive spirit versus fun  
  • Detaching from winning, focusing on enjoyment and connections   
  • Organizing players in phones, “Rick Pickleball” 
  • Unique pickleball lingo 
  • “You know you’re old when” game….  

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