As pickleball continues to grow, the average age of players continues to get younger and younger. The game that was once considered “your grandparent’s sport” has now become packed with young, elite athletes that are dominating nearly every division. It won’t be long before we find pickleball in colleges (hopefully as an NCAA sport), high schools (hopefully as a recognized team sport), and even elementary gym class as a required sport to learn. With many schools already adapting pickleball into their curriculum, we won’t be shocked when junior programs start to explode around the country.
Youth paddles, also known as pickleball paddles for kids, are typically best for younger players due to their lightweight and smaller grip size. These junior paddles can weigh as light as 5.8 ounces, giving young players the ability to react quickly and maneuver their paddles to the ball. In addition to a lighter weight, these paddles come in grip sizes as small as 3 ½”, which is great for smaller hands. In comparison, the average adult grip size is 4¼”.