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Message from the Parks and Recreation Board

in a pickle
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many
elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong.
The game is played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized
court and with a slightly modified tennis net. Players use a paddle
and a plastic ball with holes. Teams can be doubles or singles.
There are more than 15,000 indoor and outdoor pickleball courts in
the United States, and at least one court in all 50 states. Pickleball
is being introduced to kids in physical education classes in middle
and high schools. Though the sport has become more competitive
through the years, many players enjoy the social aspects of the game
and the ability to stay active in their own towns and communities.
As more retirement locations have adopted pickleball as an integrated sports activity for their population of residents, we have a
seen an explosion of new court construction throughout the United
States - especially in the southern states. Tennis, racquetball, and
ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in local, regional, and national tournaments.
When playing pickleball, each player needs a pickleball paddle,
which is smaller than a tennis racquet, but larger than a ping pong
paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood; however,
today's paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of
lightweight composite materials, including aluminum and graphite.
Players also need a net and a pickleball. The ball is unique, with
holes through it like a whiffle ball. Different ball models are intended
for indoor and outdoor play. Balls come in several colors, including
white, yellow, and green, but must be a single color to meet International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) specifications.
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The rules for pickleball are different than tennis in that the serve
is made underhand and not as a smash. The serve must then
be returned so that it bounces before being hit the second time.
Players may approach the net, but need to stay out of the "
kitchen" in front of it. Scoring is also different.
My neighborhood has restriped one of our tennis courts for
pickleball, has installed portable nets, and provides a couple
of paddles and balls for community use.
The impact of the pickleball explosion is happening in Fort
Collins and several courts have been added to our park system.
City Park and Twin Silo Park have permanent nets, while the
other sites required you to bring portable nets. To find more
information about the location of the outdoor pickleball courts,
visit fcgov.com/parks/recamenities.
Indoor pickleball is currently being played at the Fort Collins
Senior Center and Northside Aztlan Community Center. The
Recreation Department offers clinics, leagues, and open play
time at these indoor facilities. Check out page 78 in this Recreator
for more information about organized pickleball play, or go
online at fcgov.com/recreation.
Written by Rob Cagen


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