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Can You Play Pickleball Outdoors in the Winter?

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It’s the middle of winter and you’re looking for something to do outdoors. You’ve heard about pickleball and are curious about whether or not you can play it in the cold weather, or maybe you’re already addicted and you just can’t get enough. The answer is yes – you can play pickleball outdoors in the winter! In this article, we will discuss some tips for playing pickleball in cold weather. Stay warm and have fun! 

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Pickleball Can Be Played In Almost Any Weather Condition

Pickleball is a great game to play outdoors in the winter because it can be played in almost any safe weather condition. You only need a few things: a pickleball court, a paddle, an outdoor pickleball ball, and warm clothes!

 

The game can be played in cold weather and even wind–just make sure you’re on a non-slippery surface! That means, DO NOT play on wet or icy surfaces. Even if you live in an area that gets snow, once the court is cleared and the sun has dried out the court surface, it’s ready for play, so don’t let the winter weather deter you.

 

TIP: If you want to help your pickleball court surface dry faster, you can use a pickleball squeegee.

Layering Is the Key to Playing Pickleball Outdoors in the Winter

When playing pickleball outdoors in the winter, dress in layers so that you can stay warm and remove clothing once you are warmed up.

 

Base Layer

You will want to start with a base layer of clothing that will wick away sweat. Undergarments like those made by Under Armour for cold weather are perfect for this first layer. This serves as a moisture barrier, stopping your sweat from the next layer to come into contact with your skin.

 

Second Layer

Next, add a top and bottom layer that is breathable and moisture-wicking. This could be a t-shirt and leggings, or sweatpants. Cotton and cotton blends are great for this layer. Or go for a moisture-wicking polyester sports blend.

 

Outer Layer

While you are warming up, wear a hoodie, vest, or another insulation layer to keep your body heat in. Make sure this layer is not restrictive and allows you a free range of motion.

 

Windbreaker

If necessary, add a windproof layer or windbreaker. This will help you stay warm if there is a biting wind while you are playing pickleball. This also allows you to wear a thinner layer of clothing underneath if the chill is primarily coming from the wind. This will help you move freely and feel less like the Michelin man bundled up and unable to move!

 

Protect the Feet

Critical to keeping warm and preventing blisters when you play pickleball in the winter is to ensure that your shoes and socks stay dry. Wear waterproof boots until you get to the court and you might want to bring an extra pair of socks to change into if you plan on playing all day.

 

Hat

And don’t forget the hat! While the old saying that you lose most of your body heat through the top of your head has been debunked, you only lose 7-10%, a hat is still important in keeping you warm and protecting you from glare and overexposure to the sun while you are playing.

 

Gloves

Another piece of winter clothing you might want to consider is gloves. Many people don’t like wearing a glove while they play because they like direct contact with the pickleball paddle, but you could consider something like the Tourna Hot Glove, which slips over the top of both your hand and the paddle handle. This is an alternative that will keep your hand warm and still allow direct contact with the paddle.

 

 

Tourna Hot Glove Mitt for Pickleball

 Warm Up First

Make sure to warm up before playing pickleball outdoors in the winter. Warming up helps to increase your heart rate and gets the blood flowing to your muscles. It also helps to prevent injuries by slowly getting your body ready for the physical activity of playing pickleball. It’s crucial that you take the time to properly warm up your muscles during cold weather. 

For more information on exercises to help you warm up refer to our article on pickleball warm-up and stretching exercises.

Alternatives to Outdoor Pickleball in the Winter

If you just can’t stand the cold weather, there are some alternatives to playing pickleball outdoors in the winter. There are more and more indoor pickleball courts popping up across the nation as pickleball gains in popularity. 

Try playing pickleball indoors at a local gym or community center. Or a private facility such as a country club, tennis facility, or golf course. There are also dedicated pickleball facilities, with more and more opening every day. 

Do a quick search on the internet for “indoor pickleball courts near me” to find a facility in your area. 

When selecting an indoor pickleball court, consider visiting various courts to locate one that fits your style. You may feel more relaxed at a smaller community center, or maybe you value the social aspects and would rather go someplace with more of a club-like setting. These days there is something for everyone! 

If you are willing to brave the cold weather, there are some things you can do to stay warm while playing pickleball outdoors in the winter. First, make sure to dress in layers, with a moisture-wicking layer next to your skin. You will also want to wear a hat and gloves and consider changing into a dry pair of socks if necessary. Finally, don’t forget to warm up before playing pickleball! 

FAQ

QIs it safe to play pickleball outdoors in the winter?

A: As long as you take the necessary precautions to stay warm and dry, and don’t play on a wet surface, pickleball is perfectly safe to play outdoors in the winter. 

Q: How can I stay warm while playing pickleball outdoors in the winter? 

A: Dress in layers, with a moisture-wicking layer next to your skin. You will also want to wear a hat and gloves and consider changing into a dry pair of socks if necessary. Finally, don’t forget to warm up before playing pickleball! 

Q: Does cold weather affect the bounce of a pickleball? 

A: Yes, cold weather can affect the bounce of a pickleball. The ideal temperature for playing pickleball is between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too cold, the pickleball will not bounce as high. If the temperature is too hot, the pickleball will become softer and won’t have as much bounce. 

Q: What should I do if my shoes and socks get wet while playing pickleball outdoors in the winter? 

A: Bring an extra pair of socks so you can change into them if necessary. Also, make sure to dry your shoes and socks as soon as possible after playing pickleball. You may want an extra pair at home if you play every day. 

Q: Where can I find indoor pickleball courts near me? 

A: Do a quick search on the internet for “indoor pickleball courts near me.” You should be able to find a facility in your area. You can also go to Places2Play or Global Pickleball Network

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