It’s the fastest growing racket sport. Maybe the fastest growing sport ever! And it has our name all over it..
BOOMERs!! As usual we are leading the pack in a sport that is gentler on our knees, but still allows that competitive spirit that many of us thrive on. It’s social and it gets the body moving, something we have reiterated over and over, Get that blood circulating!
When I tell friends I’m playing this game with the funny name, many have never heard of it. Now that Barclay and I have this incredible following (thank you readers) we thought we would take the opportunity to tell you more about what we are so excited about.
The game started during the summer of 1965 (clearly, it took a while for it to catch on considering I hadn’t heard about it until 2 years ago!) on Bainbridge Island, Washington. at the home of former state representative Joel Pritchard. He and his two friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, retuned from golf to bored families. They attempted to set up a badminton net, but the shuttlecock could not be found. Instead they improvised with a wiffle ball, lowered the net and constructed paddles from plywood from a nearby shed. Ingenuity is the mother of all invention for sure! So, basically for lack of a shuttlecock pickleball was born! Good to know boredom can lead to something positive!
So you’ve never picked up a racket?
You’ve never even played ping pong, much less tennis?
Within 5 minutes, you CAN play this fast-moving, fun, engaging game!
Why, you ask?
It’s social. You’re close to your teammate and opponents. Lots of fun interaction. Next thing you know and you’re out having a beverage with your new pickleball pals.
It’s a great workout. You can work up a sweat with a smile on your face!
It’s like a chess match. Tons of strategy which means your brain cannot sit on the sidelines minding its own business.
It’s something NEW to learn. Your brain will be grateful.
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ANYone can play with ANYbody. I have a retired girlfriend, a former tennis player, who is a pickleball ambassador – going to tournaments, making new friends, staying in great shape. And she has a bad knee!
Did we mention, pickleball is cheap!? You can buy paddles and balls at Pickleball Central.
Many park districts have dedicated courts outside where you play for free and indoor courts during the winter with portable nets and lines on a basketball court – practically free – maybe $6 for a couple of hours.
OK, the rules and the scorekeeping seem a bit funky at first. But after a single game and you’re good to go.
No offense to conventional tennis or paddle tennis – BUT pickleball wins in terms of accessibility and learning curve. Perfect for family gatherings.
And perfect for us BBs with our ongoing battle with arm flab, treadmill fatigue, and isolation.
Here’s how to play –
See you on the court!
Today’s Takeaway –
.Never ever think you are too old to learn something new. You can teach an old dog new tricks!! As long as he or she wants to learn!
.We are too young to be sedentary and we need to challenge ourselves physically and mentally in as many ways as possible.
Pickleball is supposedly becoming an Olympic sport. So my best running days may behind me and I may never do a head stand like my show off yoga certified daughter, but watch out world, we may be the next pickleball champs!!
Enjoy the ride
xox Barclay and Joy