February 2, 2010

Pickleball Sweeps Saline - Heritage Newspapers

February 2, 2010
By Jeremy Allen, Heritage Newspapers

"For members of the Saline Senior Center, Wednesday afternoon, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., is a weekly highlight. It's a time when the seniors, and 'seniors in training,' can strap up their kicks and hit the court for some ultra-competitive games of Pickleball.

If you've never heard of the sport, you're not in the dark, but it's a phenomenon that's quickly catching on, not only in the senior citizen community, but for all people wanting to participate in sporting activities.

'It was developed awhile back by a family with kids who wanted to play sports, but not everyone was athletic enough to play,' said Senior Center Executive Director Rina Chemin. 'That's what makes it perfect for us here at the senior center. Not everyone is athletic or agile, but it gives everyone the opportunity to take part in a sport.'

According to
the sport's Web site, Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle. This mini-tennis game is played by two or four people, in either a singles or doubles style, on a badminton-size court using wood paddle racquets and a plastic, poly baseball with holes. Pickleball can be played on any hard surface and is ideal for small spaces.

'It's spreading like wildfire..."

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