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Pickleball: New Craze Sweeping the Sports World

Charles Correa ‘24
Physical Education student Kaina Watson ‘26 returning a backhand shot against his opponent on March 22, 2024 in the Bishop Gorman gymnasium.

Pickleball, the new activity that has taken the nation by storm and gathered participation from all ages has made its way to the Bishop Gorman P.E. classes.

Pickleball gained a large following in 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) has recently established a tour of its own, similar to the PGA Tour. Aside from being a professional sport, pickleball players range from young children to seniors that make up 55% of all players, according to

Rules seem complex for the outside players, however according to participants, it is quite simple to pick up once one begins playing. Players use a paddle (commonly made of wood or plastic) to hit a wiffle ball back and forth, similar to tennis. Taking its origins from tennis, badminton, and ping pong (table tennis), the rules are a collection of each. One of the most prominent areas of the court is called the “kitchen” which is a small space near the net players cannot enter unless the ball lands in that area to ensure fairness and a longer lasting round of play.

Pickleball has even been integrated into the physical education program at Bishop Gorman. Students have the opportunity to compete and enjoy this form of sport with their peers. The pickleball unit is now one to look forward to for physical education students and has promoted health in a low impact and no contact sport.

Kaina Watson ‘26, a student in physical education stated, “it is a great way for everyone to get active and enjoy physical activity. Pickleball is a safe way for everyone of all athletic backgrounds to enjoy the sport and engage in friendly competition.”

Gaining support from students who enjoy this unit, participants learn the rules ensuring playing the right way. Students have also gained inspiration for a new family activity, taking this new knowledge to their own homes and now introducing others to the sport.

Landon McComber ‘25 stated, “I took what I have learned in my physical education class and began playing with family and friends over the weekends. Despite having no previous experience, me and all of my peers have enjoyed participating in this activity.”

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Charles Correa
Charles Correa, Sports Editor The Lance
Aloha, my name is Charles Correa '24, current sports editor for The Lance newspaper. As a current linebacker for the BGHS varsity football team, I have had the pleasure to cover sports articles thus far with more to come in the future. A little about myself may include that I am from Hawaii and moved to Las Vegas last year. I also enjoy going to the beach and spending time with family. 

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