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Pickleball Continues Its Significant Growth Among Americans in 2023

by Jason Flamm on

Stop us if you've heard this before – pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America. Yes, again. 

According to Sportico, pickleball participation grew over 52 percent from 2022 to 2023. A whopping 13.6 million Americans tried pickleball last year, which puts it in the same ballpark (pun intended) as baseball (16.7 million) and outdoor soccer (14.1 million).

This 52 percent increase comes off the heels of an 86 percent year-over-year increase in 2022. The fact that pickleball still sees such big jumps several years in a row is incredible.

Sports participation and American activity rates continued to increase in 2023 after a considerable decline four years ago (hmm, what happened in 2020?), and pickleball has been a massive part of that resurgence.

"During the pandemic, participation in some sports, like pickleball, golf, tennis and hiking skyrocketed, but others, including many team sports and health club activities, suffered," SFIA CEO Tom Cove wrote. "I am happy to report that this year the participation data is consistent, and consistently positive."

So, while it's silly to keep saying it, and there are probably plenty of people (mostly tennis players) tired of hearing it, pickleball continues its title as the fastest-growing sport in America.

Maybe next year, it’ll be the fastest-growing sport in the world.

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