Pick­le­ball nets new en­thu­si­asts across the na­tion, and here

Easy to learn game emerges as a main­stream U.S. sport

The Taos News - - SPORTS -

There’s a new game in town and it’s called pick­le­ball.

Though it has a funny name, the sport has ex­ploded to be­come the fastest grow­ing sport in the United States, ac­cord­ing to the Sports and Fit­ness In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pick­le­ball is a mix of ta­ble ten­nis, pad­dle ten­nis, bad­minton and ten­nis. It is played on a court the size of a bad­minton court and can be played at any age. Easy to learn, the game is pop­u­lar in school phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams as well as adult liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Very lit­tle equip­ment is re­quired and por­ta­ble nets are eas­ily trans­ported and set up. Play­ers usu­ally con­gre­gate with­out hav­ing to or­ga­nize in­di­vid­ual matches. Games are short so no long time com­mit­ment is re­quired. Tour­na­ment play is usu­ally di­vided by age and skill level with an en­tire divi­sion com­pleted in one day.

Am­ple op­por­tu­nity to learn and play this ex­cit­ing sport ex­ists in Taos. Due to de­mand and an in­crease in pick­le­ball en­thu­si­asts lo­cally, two lo­cal ten­nis clubs have con­verted their ten­nis courts into pick­le­ball courts. The Taos Spa has con­verted one of its ten­nis courts into two pick­le­ball courts with plans to con­vert ad­di­tional courts in the near

fu­ture. Quail Ridge Ten­nis has also con­verted two of its ten­nis courts into four pris­tine pick­le­ball courts. Both fa­cil­i­ties of­fer in­tro and be­gin­ner clin­ics. New play­ers are al­ways wel­come. Pick­le­ball is also avail­able at the An­gel Fire Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

The sport has a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion called USA Pick­le­ball As­so­ci­a­tion that pro­motes the growth and de­vel­op­ment of pick­le­ball, on both a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level. Lo­cally, Taos and An­gel Fire each have pick­le­ball am­bas­sadors that pro­mote the sport of pick­le­ball and the USAPA in the lo­cal area.

Cour­tesy Mon­trose Recre­ation District

Many com­mu­ni­ties have com­mit­ted re­sources to pro­vide play­ing sur­faces and nets for the grow­ing pick­le­ball craze. These courts in Mon­trose, Colorado re­cently opened due to the pop­u­lar­ity of the emerg­ing sport.

Cour­tesy Stan Lim; The Or­ange County Reg­is­ter

A whif­fle ball rests on the court as peo­ple play pick­le­ball. Groups of play­ers are mo­bi­liz­ing na­tion­wide, try­ing to get per­mis­sion to ex­pand the sport in their home­towns and cities.

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