What is Pickleball? A Lively Racket Game For All Ages and Abilities. Pickle-ball was created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you're five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. Pickle-ball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickle-ball paddles, made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.