And then there was… Pickleball?

Mark this down as THE day you were introduced to pickleball! ~Chris Lovasco

pblogoSay what? I thought Chris was pulling my leg. “You know Chris, if we were in Lynn, that would be an entirely different game than what you’re about to describe…” (What?! It would!) In the center of a full-blown fundraiser and literally just steps away from Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, I found myself talking squash a.k.a racquetball. My local YMCA has indoor racquetball courts, and it’s become one of my greatest sources of stress relief over the last year. However, like all good things, it will most likely come to an end. With the rumblings of a new local Y in the future, racquetball courts are underutilized and simply take up program space.

So what’s a girl to do when her back is to the racquetball wall? Pickleball, I guess!

A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The Basics

  1. A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  2. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
  3. Played with a paddle and a plastic ball.

A Game for Everyone

The USAPA currently estimates there are now over 400,000 players actively playing pickleball.

  • Pickleball facilities are located in all 50 states.
  • Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high schools.
  • Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active in towns and retirement communities.
  • Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments.

Learn more about Pickleball at USAPA! Have you played? Comment below.

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