Parks & Rec to host pickleball demonstration Monday, Tuesday

Published 8:00 am Friday, January 25, 2019

Stearns Gym will host a demonstration on how to play the sport pickleball at Stearns Gym in Columbus at 1 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Although pickleball is said to be the fastest growing sport in America, many have never heard of it, according to representatives with Polk County Parks & Recreation.

It is described as a combination of tennis, pingpong and badminton. It is played on a badminton-size court (smaller than a tennis court) with paddles a little larger than pingpong, a net a little lower than tennis and with a hollow plastic whiffle ball.

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Unlike most racket sports that take lots of practice, pickle ball is much easier to learn, parks representatives said. Players can walk on to the court and in 5-10 minutes be ready to play a game. It is easier on the body than other racquet sports, partly because it is played in doubles (four players at a time).

Locally, pickle ball is played at Stearns Gym in Columbus as part of Polk County Recreation, and plans are underway to begin games soon at the Green Creek Community Center gym.

There is no cost to play and tennis shoes are the only equipment players will need. Racquets and balls are supplied.

Most local players range in age from 50s to 80s —with at least one in her 90s.

Those interested in learning more may contact Polk Parks & Recreation at 894-9199.

– Submitted by Jerry Stensland