By Susan Bianchi

In recent years, there has been a surge in popularity of pickleball, a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. What makes pickleball so appealing, and why has it become the latest craze? What has propelled pickleball into the spotlight and made it a favorite pastime for people of all ages?

  • Social Opportunities: Pickleball brings people together. Whether playing with friends, family, or strangers at a local park or indoor facility, the sport fosters a sense of community as players bond over friendly matches and shared experiences. With a rotational system in place at most pickleball courts, individuals can show up and start playing with others, whether they have a partner or not.
  • Physical Benefits: Unlike some sports that require intense physical exertion, pickleball provides a balanced workout without putting undue strain on the body. Utilizing a combination of cardio, strength, and agility, players improve their overall fitness levels while having fun.
  • Easy to Learn: Unlike tennis, which can have a steep learning curve, pickleball is relatively easy to learn. The rules are straightforward, and beginners can grasp the basics in a short amount of time, enabling them to play and enjoy the game almost immediately.
  • Great for All Ages: Pickleball is great everyone — children, teens, adults, and seniors. Pickleball’s small court size requires less running, making it a great option for individuals looking for a low-impact sport, while still getting the benefit of a great workout.
  • Inexpensive and Accessible: Pickleball is a cost-effective alternative to other recreational activities. Since pickleball courts are often available for free use at parks and community centers, players can enjoy the game without breaking the bank. The equipment required for pickleball — paddles and balls — is also relatively inexpensive, compared to other sports gear.
  • Year-Round Enjoyment: Pickleball is truly a sport for all seasons. Whether playing on a sunny summer day, or a chilly winter afternoon, enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite pastime year-round. There are also several indoor facilities where pickleball can be enjoyed for a nominal fee per session.
  • Fun and Endorphin-Boosting: Perhaps the most compelling reason to give pickleball a try is the sheer enjoyment it brings. The fast-paced action, friendly competition, and sense of accomplishment when making a great shot all enhance its fun factor. Plus, engaging in physical activity releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, leaving players feeling a sense of happiness and well-being.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a newcomer to the sport, pickleball offers something for everyone, making it a truly irresistible pastime. So, grab a paddle, find a court, and join the pickleball craze today!

Susan Bianchi is Buffalo Healthy Living’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Susan plays pickleball at Village Glen in Williamsville, and says the sport has changed her life. Learn more about pickleball options and new courts at Village Glen in Williamsville and Orchard Park at, or call 716-633-1635