Summer is just around the corner. 

It’s time for frozen drinks, afternoons spent at the lake or beach, and, of course, sweaty, scorching pickleball matches. 

For pickleball players – especially those who play outdoors – the summer heat adds an extra layer of risk. Heat stroke is more likely to occur after prolonged exposure to heat and is more common in the summer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Heat exhaustion can occur after excessive sweating, according to the CDC. 

Planning ahead can help reduce your risk. When the dog days of summer get a little too hot, it’s crucial to have a few strategies to stay cool on the court. 

We’re sharing our best tips for protecting yourself from the summer heat, as well as a few products you’ll want in your arsenal before the sweltering summer begins!

5 Tips for Staying Cool on the Pickleball Court

Staying cool on the court doesn’t have to be complicated. These simple tips will help you battle the summer heat in a safe way. 

Be Smart About Scheduling

Temperatures climb highest on summer afternoons. Avoid scheduling pickleball matches during the afternoons. Instead, hit the courts in the morning or evening for a little relief from the heat. 

Dress Accordingly

Preparing for the heat starts before you even leave the house. When the temperatures spike, reach for clothes made of sweat-wicking and dri-fit fabrics. Light colors like white, tan, and pastels reflect sunlight, making them a great option for hot days. Long sleeves also keep the heat off your skin, making you feel cooler. 

Drink Plenty of Water

It’s obvious but worth repeating here: Drink plenty of water and electrolyte drinks before, during, and after your match. Experiment with different hydration approaches to find out what works best for you, but a good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day, according to Self. On days you plan to exercise, add another 16 to 20 ounces for every hour of activity. 

Set Aside Time to Adjust

It takes time to get used to the heat. As summer begins, carve out some time for some short bursts of exercise to allow your body to get used to the new temperatures. Start with a jog around the neighborhood or an extra-short pickleball match. Increase the time and intensity of exercise over the ensuing weeks so you’ll be well-prepared for the hottest days of the year! 

Know Your Danger Zone

When heatstroke and heat exhaustion set in, your body temperature can spike quickly and lead to scary outcomes like disability or death. It’s important to know the signs so you can catch them early. Cramps, dizziness, and nausea can be early indications of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, according to SELF. If you notice these symptoms, get out of the heat and seek medical attention. 

Products to Help You Stay Cool on the Pickleball Court

Dilly Life Dip Dye Performance Tank Top

There are tons of dip dye pieces to mix and match from this Dilly Life collection, but the performance tank top is our absolute must-have. The ombre color scheme will help you stand out on the court, and the UPF30 UV sun protection will keep you safe in the heat. 


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