Pickle Ball Takes Over The Fieldhouse

by Courtney Wheaton on September 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

A racket sport called pickle ball has swept its way across the nation and now it’s being played in your backyard.

A group of community members have started playing the game at The Fieldhouse and they want to encourage the community to get involved. The game is similar to tennis, but has some rules of its own.

"The primary difference between tennis and pickle ball is going to be the no volley zone, which is going to be a line seven feet from the net which you are not allowed to go into that zone and hit the ball out in the air," said Operations Manager, Eric Flint.

The game was created in Bainbridge, Washington in 1965 by State Represenative, Joel Pritchard and his friends. Some say the game was named after the family’s dog, Pickles more than 40 years ago. The Fieldhouse has high expectations for pickle ball in this area.

"We already have pretty good group started they play outside currently, obviously once the weather changes we will have a home court here for them so we expect it take off pretty quickly," said Flint.

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. there will be a Pickle Ball Play Day for people to come out and try a round of the game. Equipment will be provided and comfortable clothes are suggested. For more information contact The Fieldhouse at 740-454-2224.