America's Fastest Growing Sport
From Issue 725
By: by Jerry Barz
28th April, 2011
Want to try something new for exercise? Then take a look at Pickleball. You are probably thinking “what is Pickleball?” and I was there myself 4 years ago, when a local Saginaw man ask me to try it. Now I’m hooked. It gets your blood flowing and provides a good workout.
This Pickleball is a lot easier to learn than you might think, especially if you have played any sports such as racquetball, tennis, ping-pong, badminton, paddleball or squash. With a short (10-15 min.) instruction everyone can become a player and this activity is a lot easier on your arms, legs, and joints than all of the previously mentioned sports.
Pickleball is played both indoors & outdoors, with a wood or composite paddle and a plastic whiffleball over the tennis court net. The actual Pickleball court lines are about 1/3 the size of a tennis court, so you aren’t really running to get the ball quite so much. I began playing with the standard wood paddle and then began experimenting with building my own paddles from various materials.
People of all ages (8 to 90+) are playing and there are tournaments conducted across the country. Recently, Pickleball was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and it was also an answer on Jeopardy. (I'll take pickleball for a $1000 Alex!)
Locally Pickleball is being played outdoors (weather permitting) at the Thomas Township Recreation Courts on N. Miller Rd. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to dusk and on Saturday mornings starting at 11:30am. Equipment is provided and the local USAPA contact person can be reached at 799.5111.