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05/09/2022

3 Best Pickleball Paddles For Kids In 2022

Best Kids Pickleball Paddles

As pickleball continues to grow, the average age of players continues to get younger and younger. The game that was once considered “your grandparent’s sport” has now become packed with young, elite athletes that are dominating nearly every division. It won’t be long before we find pickleball in colleges (hopefully as an NCAA sport), high schools (hopefully as recognized team sports), and even elementary gym class as a required sport to learn. With many schools already adapting pickleball into their curriculum, we won’t be shocked when junior programs start to explode around the country. Pickleball Paddles For Kids

Youth paddles, also known as pickleball paddles for kids, are typically best for younger players due to their light weight and smaller grip size. These junior paddles can weigh in as light as 5.8 ounces, giving young players the ability to react quickly and maneuver their paddle to the ball. In addition to a lighter weight, these paddles come in grip sizes as small as 3 ½”, which is great for smaller hands. In comparison, the average adult grip size is 4¼”. With that said, let’s run through an alphabetical list of quality pickleball paddles for kids. 

OneShot JuniorShot Pickleball Paddle

Oneshot Juniorshot Composite Youth Pickleball Paddle

The Oneshot Juniorshot Composite Youth Pickleball Paddle is a small and lightweight paddle designed for the smallest hands. For even younger players looking to hit a ball around, grab a Oneshot Juniorshot Composite Youth Toddler Pickleball Paddle today. Want to get artistic? Take some chalk to your paddle and have your little one customize their paddle! Still not convinced? Here's a five-star review we got from one happy parent:

Pros: My daughter saw me playing pickleball and wanted a paddle for herself. Rainbow is her favorite color she says, so we set out to find that. Couldn't believe it when I found a kid paddle that had rainbow coloring!

Cons: N/A

Other notable features include:

  • Paddle Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Paddle Length: 14 4/5"
  • Paddle Width: 7 2/5"
  • Recommended for players under the age of 12

PB Pro Tour Widebody Youth Pickleball Paddle

PB Pro Tour Widebody Youth Lightweight Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

The Tour Widebody is a line of paddles that offers a nice balance between feel, comfort, and control. This red, white, and blue version is typically considered the better option for youth players because of the lightweight construction. Also, as an added bonus, this pickleball paddle comes with a 30-day trial period! If your player isn't satisfied with it for any reason, you can return it for a full refund within 30 days of your purchase. No questions asked.

Other notable features include:

  • Paddle Weight: 7.3 (+/-.25) oz
  • Paddle Length: 16"
  • Paddle Width: 8"
  • USAPA Approved

Third Shot Drop Tyche Youth Pickleball Paddle

Third Shot Drop Tyche Lightweight Composite Youth Pickleball Paddle

Start your pickleball star's journey with the Third Shot Drop Tyche Lightweight Composite Youth Pickleball Paddle. This unique model gives every young player between the age of 5 and 12 the opportunity to play the game we all know and love. The best part? Each one of these pickleball paddles are proudly made in the USA!

Other notable features include:

  • Paddle Weight: 7.2 - 7.5 oz
  • Paddle Length: 13 3/4"
  • Paddle Width: 7 1/2"
  • 12 Month Manufacturer's Warranty
  • USAPA Approved

If none of the youth pickleball paddles we have at JustPaddles fit your needs, here are a couple of tips and tricks that you can use to pick out an “adult” paddle that would still be a good fit for your junior player:

  • Consider age, ability, and how often they play. If your junior player will be growing quickly and playing a lot, it might be worth investing in an adult paddle so you won’t be shopping again a few weeks later when your player outgrows his youth paddle! 
  • Grip size is huge! Well…you don’t want it to be huge, actually quite the opposite. Grip size is a huge factor in the performance of a paddle as well as your player’s comfort. There are several paddles that have grip sizes as small as 3 ⅝”, which is considered small for an adult. Use our Grip Size filter to weed out grips that might be too big for your junior player! 
  • Light, light, light! Swinging a heavy paddle can be difficult and slow down reaction times. When looking for a youth paddle, try to keep it as close to 7 ounces or less, if possible. 
 

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There you have it. We hope that this list of the best kids pickleball paddles was helpful. Do you have additional questions? Reach out to our Paddles Experts today. They are standing by and ready to help your player find the right gear. Give them a call at 866-382-3465, email at experts@justpaddles.com, or click here to live chat. Don't forget, we're JustPaddles and we're with you from Click To Court. 

 
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