Louisiana Ranks Among the Worst States to Play Pickleball
Over the past few years, pickleball has experienced an unprecedented surge in popularity, captivating people of all ages and athletic abilities. Originating in the mid-1960s, this paddle sport initially gained traction among retirees seeking a less physically demanding alternative to tennis. However, its accessibility, simple rules, and addictive gameplay soon attracted a broader demographic, propelling it into the mainstream.
One of the primary reasons for pickleball's rapid ascent in popularity is its inclusive nature. Its smaller court size and slower-moving plastic ball make it easier for beginners to pick up the game quickly, while still providing a challenge for seasoned athletes. This accessibility has drawn in a diverse range of players, including families, young adults, and even professional athletes from other sports, all eager to partake in the fast-paced action and social camaraderie that pickleball offers.
Pickleball fans in Louisiana can't seem to get enough so how did we rank among the worst states to play Pickleball?
How did Louisiana Rank?
Well, we are at the top of the list, which in this case is bad news. According to the Pickleball Union Louisiana is the worst state for Pickleball players. Now before anyone gets their feelings hurt, this does not mean we are the worst at Pickle Ball, just that we are the worst at supporting it.
Methodology Used For This Pickleball Analysis
In a recent study conducted by the Pickleball Union, Louisiana has been identified as the worst state for playing pickleball, while Arizona claims the top spot as the best state for enthusiasts of this rapidly growing sport. The analysis factored in various criteria, including state interest based on monthly searches relative to population size, the availability of outdoor and indoor courts, average annual precipitation, and average temperature, which was set at 72°F as a reference point. Each state received a score out of 100 based on these parameters.
The study also took into account the number of past pickleball events, upcoming scheduled events, and the air quality index as additional contributing factors to the overall rankings. The findings shed light on the challenges faced by pickleball players in different states and aimed to provide insights into the overall suitability and accessibility of playing conditions across the nation.
The 'Why' Behind Our Low Ranking
Louisiana has been labeled as the least favorable state for playing pickleball, receiving a final score of only 25.3 in the ranking. This low score is due to various factors: Our high average annual precipitation of 59.7 inches, results in frequent rainy conditions that can pose dangers and increase the risk of injury when playing pickleball outdoors.
Additionally, despite its sizable population, Louisiana offers only 171 indoor courts, a limited number that hampers the ability of players to engage in pickleball safely indoors due to the scarcity of available facilities.
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Don't let this ranking stop you from getting in on the action. There are plenty of locals trying to make pickleball more accessible. Click the button below to read more about how you can start playing, and what exciting plans the Lafayette Pickleball Club has in store for players in our area.
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