Beginning February 16th from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm, Adult Pickleball (Ages 18-40) will be offered at the Hickory Branch in the gymnasium on Tuesdays. Two courts will be available with rotation of participants. Equipment is provided and the program is free for YMCA members.
What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong. It is played with a large wooden or composite paddle and a Wiffle ball on a court one-third the size of a tennis court. Its net is lower than a tennis-court net, and its rules “level the playing field” for all. For example, you must serve underhand, and rushing to the net to smash the ball is not allowed.
Folklore has it that pickleball was named after a cocker spaniel (Pickles) who kept disrupting games by running off with the ball — endearing, but not true. In a newspaper article, Joan Pritchard, wife of one of the sport’s architects, stated: “The name of the game became pickleball after I commented that it reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen are chosen from the leftovers of other boats.”
For additional information contact Cy Smith, Tennis Instructor and USPTA Teaching Professional at 828.324.2858 or [email protected]