Club hopes for pick of Pickleball prospects

ktanner@thetribunenews.comApril 18, 2013 

Pickleball: It’s played in Cambria and many other places, but what is it?

Intrigued people can find out more at the Cambria Pickleball Club’s free “how to” event at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Coast Union High School tennis courts, 2850 Santa Rosa Creek Road.

The club is to provide all necessary equipment for free, and instruction and play are open to “ages 10 to 100.” Participants should dress as if they were going to play tennis, being sure to include court shoes and snug-fitting hats, organizers advise.

The low-impact game is billed as America’s fastest growing sport, according to the U.S.A. Pickleball Association. It resembles a slower game of tennis played on a much smaller, badminton-like court with the net lowered to 34 inches.

The game is like badminton crossed with tennis, wiffleball and ping pong. According to USAPA, pickleball is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle) and wood or composite paddles similar to oversized ping-pong paddles.

Pickleball is reportedly easier on the body, including knees, hips and shoulders. Serving is done underhand.

According to the association, it was named after Pickles, a co-inventor’s cocker spaniel that loved to chase stray balls and hide them in the bushes.

Organizers ask that people interested in the April 27 event call Jos Hilden 909-9000 in advance.

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