Pickleball anyone?

Today I finally got back to the gym after little more than a week of not feeling too good. I must admit, I did miss it and could feel myself sort-of ‘withering’; (I did lose 1-2kg’s though), but I feel much better after making the effort – a Pilate’s class today. I must also admit, I have been missing Pickleball! Up until the week before last, I was playing 45minutes of Pickleball each weekday morning. However, my faithful Pickleball companion is off enjoying Hawaii at the moment for 3 weeks on holidays (the hide of her, right?) and I haven’t been able to get to the gym the past week anyway, so I have missed out.

I’m guessing most of you probably haven’t heard of Pickleball. And I know that in Australia it is rare, and it certainly wasn’t in Newcastle last time I was there.

So, let me catch you up on Pickleball.

A Pickleball paddle

A Pickleball paddle

Pickleball is a relatively new sport and was invented in 1965. It’s lots of fun and it’s not hard to play. Pickleball is pretty much a cross between tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong. It can be played with 2 to 4 players, indoors or out, but we play on an indoor court at the local gym. The court is roughly 1/3 the size of a basketball court (badminton sized) and is marked in a similar pattern to a tennis court, with a tennis-like net across the middle. You play with a large plastic ball with holes in it (a bit like an over-sized practice golf ball) and a paddle that is shaped a bit like a tennis racket (but smaller and without the long neck). There are rules, but when we play, we don’t play according to them; we just like to have a hit and are in it for the fun and exercise (as evidenced by the short video clip below). But we do work up a sweat when we play!

The above clip shows Carla and Becky ‘playing’ Pickleball. (The court is marked by the yellow tape – which is overlaid over the basketball court).

There are those who are very serious about the sport: there are many organisations, and tournaments are held throughout the country; just recently there was a competition held locally.

Next week I hope to get a few hits in before Becky gets back the week after next and we can resume regular playing again!

Who knows – I may have to introduce Newcastle to this fun sport when I return! 🙂

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