Pickleball - The Next Olympic Sport?
Have you ever heard of Pickleball? If you have, then you know you're among the growing number of fans across the country. And if haven't, then we want you to learn ALL about this fun sport!
FREE PICKLEBALL DEMONSTRATION
Thurs., Nov. 7, 2013
Clayton Community Center
715 Amelia Church Road
Pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. According to the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association), Pickleball is a fun game that is traditionally played on a badminton court with a low net like in tennis. It is played with a small plastic baseball similar to whiffle balls and with wood or plastic racquets that look like over-sized ping-pong paddles.
It's easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a quick, fast-paced competitive game for experienced players. It's become a huge hit in 55+ communities, mainly because it still promotes activity while remaining relatively low-impact. This allows for less stress to be put on muscles and joints, which strain as we age. For people who suffer from Arthritis, the size and shape of the Pickleball racquet helps to ease the pain in their hands, wrists, and elbows. And the smaller court allows for less running than in tennis, reducing the risk of injury.
Again, the event is FREE and we hope that the interest garnered by this demo will lead to the Parks and Recreation Department to host open play times in the future. Pickleball will even be included in the 2014 NC State Senior Games, so this will be a great opportunity to learn more!
Video Courtesy of USAPA
Parks and Recreation is excited about possibly offering Pickleball in the future, so join us on November 7th and let us know what you think! If you're interested in seeing Pickleball or other sports being offered at Clayton Parks and Recreation, make sure to speak to someone that day or call us at 919-553-1550!