September 8, 2009

Pickleball: Start Something New in Your Neighborhood

I've dropped my oldest at college, high school is back in session, the easy days of summer are over and I'm feeling a little lost, a little out of sync. The cure for that, of course, is to do something completely new. So here's something I stumbled across awhile ago and have been saving for a day just like this.


According the the Pickleball Web site, this sport was invented by U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum as an activity for all ages. It's sort of a mini version of tennis (or a cross between tennis and ping pong) and can be played in the street, parking lot, driveway or any other hard surface. Yes, it has actual rules and, of course, you can buy official gear. The name, Pickleball, comes from a dog (Pickles) who used to steal stray balls and hide during games. I was hoping someone started playing with actual pickles but no such luck.

The game is pretty straight forward and given that it takes up so little space, it seems like something that could become a new neighborhood/adventure club/school/office tradition. Since it's unlikely that anyone you know has played this before, you could become an instant expert. For the investment of $120, you could own 4 Pickleball paddles, a net, 56 balls and the game rules. Sounds like fun to me.

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1 comment:

Janet Razz said...

Relationships are always the best adventures! One way moms, aunts, and grannies build relationships is by being the "WATCHER"! We delight in attending our kiddos' sporting events and cheering them on. Pickleball gave me a new and adventurous way to build relationships. I always have and always will delight in being my kiddos' "WATCHER", but - thanks to pickleball - now I'm a "PLAYER" too! Pickleball is a great game for all ages and all skill levels. Pickleball is an easy game to learn and an engaging Mixed Generation game to PLAY!