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Old 02-16-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Pickleball anyone?

Anyone here play pickleball? Where do you see it when you're on the road?

Pickleball is a great conditioning racket sport, usually played doubles on a court barely half the size of a tennis court. Three courts fit crosswise on a single basketball floor. I have seen two courts fit into an area that once held a tennis court. It is played with a 3" wiffle ball and a hard racket about twice the size of a ping-pong paddle. Nets don't need any anchoring or construction.

A minority of participants elevate this to a tournament sport. For most everyone else from high school up through community gyms and outdoor courts, pickleball is an aerobic game that welcomes all skill level people to rotate in and gain skill & experience. We show up in any number (singles or odd numbers) and usually substitute around without a problem. Most often we've seen this divided up into either advanced or beginner level players on different courts, but winning does not seem to be the objective for most players. Rotating players across courts and between all players/skill levels seems to be common around here. Rackets are available to borrow where we play.

What do you see for pickleball opportunities in your area?

This is a good 4-season sport but principally helps beat down our winter doldrums. Where have you played? Public or private organizations?
  • in the northern half of the U.S. or Canada?
  • East or West?
  • in Southern states?
  • Europe or elsewhere in the world?


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Old 02-16-2014, 08:27 PM   #2
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We used to play it when we were kids in the 70's. I didn't realize it was so popular as I thought it was just a West coast thing.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:00 PM   #3
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Pickleball is very popular in my hometown of Bend, Oregon and it has reached epidemic proportions where I am at the moment - Casa Grande, Arizona. I'm told that Palm Creek RV Resort here has the largest pickleball facility in the world.

Curious about the game, I decided to try it. Third time out, torn calf muscle. It does seem like a lot of fun though. I think I'll try it again in six weeks or so.

There are *a lot* of injuries in pickleball. Be sure to condition, stay hydrated and, especially, stretch.

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:04 PM   #4
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I'm feeling really bad here, I referred John to the resort in Casa Grande. But he said he was looking to play a little golf on their 18 hole 3-par. Should have warned him about their 24 new pickleball courts. Sorry "Poppy", we may pay you a visit to cheer you up!

Cheryl and I have been playing pickleball for a couple of years when we visit southern Arizona in the winter. Great sport for all ages, the oldest player here is 85 and she's good. And yes, for most folks it's about exercise, friendship and fun. The tournaments can get competitive. We're in a local contest at end of the month, expecting an early elimination.

It's big here. Give it a try because it is easy to reach a playing level in just a few outings. Most resorts offer free lessons to get you started and fellow players are very receptive and helpful. You'll have a blast.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:26 PM   #5
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in Vancouver, WA. I go to the local community fitness center every day after work, and I noticed people playing this strange game, I had to ask someone what it was. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm hoping to get up the guts to find a game and try it out. It looks like a nice alternative to tennis in the winter months, since the indoor tennis courts around here are really expensive.

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:23 AM   #6
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The big annual tournament is underway here at Palm Creek. I'll take a few pictures and post them here.

@Doug - My wife and I are having a great time here! You were spot-on with your recommendation.

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Old 02-21-2014, 01:21 PM   #7
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My wife's sister and her husband play it all winter in FL (The Villages) and when they come home, they are also part of a group that plays near where they live.

They coerce me into it every once in a while, but I joke with my BIL that it's for old people like him.

Truth be told, I run out of breath too soon to make it a good game for me!

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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