If you’ve ever been stuck inside on a rainy day wishing you could be out playing
Whether you’re a die-hard
But what happens when you’ve got a matched planned and you’re faced with less-than-ideal conditions?
Can you still play
Let’s find out!
Is it safe to play
pickleball in the rain?
Well, that depends on several factors.
First of all, are you willing to risk getting wet? If not, then playing
On the other hand, it might be worth considering if you don’t mind getting a little damp. Just be sure to wear a rainproof sports jacket or shorts.
Another factor to consider is how hard it is raining.
If it’s just a light drizzle then chances are that playing
However, if it’s pouring down cats and dogs outside, then it might not be such a great idea—unless you like getting drenched!
The biggest issue with playing
Can you play
pickleball on a wet court?
It’s important to consider the surface on which you’ll be playing.
Most outdoor courts have some kind of drainage system so they should be fine even in heavy rain—but check the weather forecast first before heading out.
Clay courts specifically do not hold up well when wet. Neither does polyurethane.
If the court surface is concrete or asphalt, it should be safe to play on and not too slippery (unless the rainfall is REALLY heavy).
You should also be careful on carpet courts, which can get dangerously soft and uneven in wet conditions, and hard courts, which are usually covered in an acrylic surface and quite slippery.
Final tips on playing
pickleball in the rain
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Heavy rain could also limit your visibility of your opponent and your surroundings.
The one pro to playing
You’ll have the courts all to yourselves! And with the incredible popularity of
My advice for a rainy day is to head inside for an indoor
You could take the time to stretch (if you’re like me, you need to stretch more often, but always forget to), practice pickleball drills alone, or do a small task you’ve been putting off—like giving your
It can actually be quite fun to pickle in the rain – as long as you take proper safety precautions, dress for the weather, and ensure that your court surface is suitable for wet weather play.
So next time it rains, why not grab your racket and head out for a game?
After all, you can almost be certain that no one else will be on the courts already!
If your paddle gets REALLY wet, it could warp and become difficult to use.
Pickleballs are made of hard plastic that is not affected by water, so they are safe to get wet.
As mentioned above, the handle of your paddle could get sticky when wet. As well, some nets will rust, sag, or loosen with rain. If you have a portable net set-up, it’s best to cover it or take it down in rainy weather.
Depending on the court surface,
The biggest danger is slipping on the slick court surface from the rain, but this is usually only a problem on clay or soft carpet courts.
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Most injuries caused by playing
To avoid injuries when playing