Hailed as the fastest growing sport in America, Pickleball has found a home in the Chippewa Valley! The US Pickleball Association (USAPA.org) calls the game a “highly contagious, progressive and incurable disease.”
So what is pickleball fever all about?
Pickleball was introduced in1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle as a backyard family game on a badminton sized court (44’ X 20’) with a 34-inch net. The inventors used wooden paddles and a whiffle ball that happened to belong to the family cocker spaniel. Because of his habit of running after stray balls and hiding in the bushes, ‘Pickles’ became the game’s namesake.
The sport is a mix of table tennis, paddle tennis, badminton and tennis. It is a great fit for seniors because it is very easy to learn; doesn’t require the mobility of tennis; and uses an underhand serve. The smaller court also creates a social atmosphere, and playing doubles and/or mixed doubles is promoted. Picklelball is also a great family-friendly way to get active.
For more information on the game, the USAPA recommends The Pickleball Handbook by Mark Friedenberg. Better yet... simply join CVPC, come out and quickly learn the game from our many other friendly members with the pickleball fever!
What some happy pickleballers say:
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a dink."
- Rhett B.
"It's a great game and the people in Eau Claire are the most welcoming group I've come across ."
- River Falls player