Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Westside Paper - Peachland Area Ambassador. What is Pickleball?

Heather McDonald is featured in the Seniors column of the Westside newspaper as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassador for Peachland, B.C. Heather has been playing in Peachland since 2005. She was recommended for this position and was accepted on Feb 3, 2011. She has helped to grow Pickleball from two to five times a week sessions and will be offering beginners/intermediate clinics in the fall.
Peachland Recreation Centre, 4550 6th St., Peachland, B.C. 4 courts.
Mon/Wed 9:05 – 10:30 am
Tues/Thursday 1:15 – 3:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Fees: Drop –in Fee $3.00
Beginners/Intermediate Clinics to be held in the fall of 2011.

WHAT IS PICKLEBALL? What sport is a mix of table-tennis, badminton
and tennis? Answer: Pickleball. Originating from the United States, the
game has been gaining steady popularity in Canada since its introduction
in the late 1980s.

Using a racquet similar to an enlarged table-tennis bat and a
perforated plastic ball the size of a tennis ball, the game is usually
played on badminton courts with the net lowered to 34 inches in housing estates and community centres (CCs). Played by two or four players at a time, its rules are similar to that of tennis while points are scored in the same way as in a badminton
game. Players race to score 11, 15 or 21 points to win a match. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

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