It’s exercise, it’s social, it’s fun—it’s pickleball!

It looks a bit like a game cobbled together during a slow weekend at a vacation house after the host couldn’t track down all the pieces required for any single sport. Players swing paddles that look like they came from an oversized Ping-Pong game. They hit a hollow plastic ball that’s full of holes. The ball bounces back and forth over a net similar to one on a tennis court. The game moves quickly. Some regular players of the sport called “pickleball” say it can feel like playing table tennis while standing on the table. Still, it’s catching on....

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