PickleballHENDERSON, Ky. (9/19/19) — It’s a fun game with a funny name.

And, for those who like to play pickleball, they can now do so on two outdoor courts at Community Park off Madison Street, Henderson Spokeswoman Donna Stinnett writes. They are the first designated pickleball courts in Henderson, though temporary courts can be set up at the Henderson County Family YMCA’s youth gym for two hours (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Mondays and Wednesdays.

The paddle sport, which is played on a badminton-sized court that has a slightly modified tennis net, is good for all ages and skill levels, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players, Stinnett explained.

The game combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes (similar to a wiffleball). It can be played as doubles or singles.

Some local players have been entering local tournaments after learning to play the game and gaining skill on some of Evansville’s numerous indoor and outdoor courts.

According to the USA Pickleball Association, the sport is exploding in popularity, which is attributed to its frequent play within community centers, physical education classes, YMCA facilities and retirement communities.

There are now nearly 4,000 locations on the USAPA’s “Places To Play” map at usapa.org.

SurfKY News

Submitted by Donna Stinnett

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