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Best Youth Pickleball Paddles

How many of you first picked up a pickleball paddle in gym class? Total chaos, right? Wooden paddles, portable nets on basketball courts, the gym teacher skimming through the rules of pickleball, and loose pickleballs rolling around the floor. 

For youth players today, their introduction to pickleball is much different. Parks packed with players. Organized leagues and even professional pickleball on national television! Pickleball today is the youngest it’s ever been, and that trend is going to continue. So skip the old wooden paddles and introduce the sport to your soon-to-be pickleball star with a top youth pickleball paddle.

What to look for in a youth pickleball paddle? 

More now than ever, youth pickleball is in full swing (get it?)! With the growth of pickleball, more brands are expanding their lines to fit a youth player’s wants and needs. Maneuverability and playability are the keys to success and enjoyment for youth players. How can they fall in love with the great game of pickleball if they aren’t having fun with the paddle? 

Youth pickleball paddles will be lightweight (typically less than 7 oz), feature a thinner handle, and have a cosmetic design that will pop to allow your young pickleball star to stand out on the court. For players under 12, we would recommend going with a traditional youth design: a paddle around 7 oz or less and a grip circumference of 4” - 4 ⅛’. Check out all our youth pickleball paddles. 

Paddles for Older Youth Players

Players older than 12 may feel the youth-specific paddles might not pack the level of punch they need. Tournaments and competitive leagues continue to appear throughout the country for youth players. We want to make sure your pickleball star is equipped with everything they will need to win every match. 

For youth players over 12 years old, we recommend going with a lightweight pickleball paddle sporting a thin grip. This will afford them excellent paddle control and maximum paddle comfort on the court. If your player is up for it, allow them to choose the paddle they want. The more ownership they have in the paddle selection process, the more confidence they’ll have when they step onto the court.

Below is an alphabetical list of some of the best youth pickleball paddles. The list is separated between traditional Youth Pickleball Paddles for players under 12 and lightweight pickleball paddles for players 12 and over.

Youth Pickleball Paddles

Lightweight Pickleball Paddles

Pickleball is getting younger and younger with every dink. Start the next great pickleball player’s journey with a pickleball paddle from one of the most trusted brands in pickleball! Get your player’s first paddle or first tournament paddle from the Best Youth Pickleball Paddle list above. 

So next time you are headed to the court, bring the kids and their new paddles. But remember, your new doubles partner(s) can’t play all night because they have school tomorrow! 


New to the sport? Head out to a local pickleball court and try one of the paddles on our top pickleball paddles for beginners list. We understand that choosing the perfect paddle can be intimidating, and that’s why our trained team of Paddle Experts are standing by! If you need more information, give us a call at 1-866-382-3465, email us at, or utilize our live chat to speak with a Paddle Expert today. We’re JustPaddles, and we’re with you from Click to Court!

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