Happy National Pickleball Week!

I can’t recall where or when I first heard of the game. I have never seen it played nor have I ever participated in this crazy sport; but bring on PICKLE BALL now!  No, it’s not green nor played with a pickle.

Pickleball was “discovered” more than 45 years ago in a remote, exclusive location near Seattle, Washington called Bainbridge Island. Named after the “family” cocker spaniel who chased down errant balls, pickleball is all the rage from Arizona to North Carolina and Washington state.

The USAPA (http://www.usapa.org/)  hosts clinics, tournaments and senior games. Pickleball has recently enjoyed popularity on high school campuses as part of physical education.

Typically played on a badminton court, the net is lowered to 34 inches from the ground and the only equipment required is the official pickleball racket (which resembles a ping pong racket) and a whiffle ball.

Pickleball can be a great “pick up” game. You can play it in your backyard, on a hard surface, the driveway and it’s perfect in the neighborhood cul de sac.

I am looking for a few ambitious friends who are interested in trying this “elite” sport on for size and bringing it to the ‘hood!


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