How about this for a sport. It combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping- pong. Sound interesting so far? Of course it does.

This sport can be played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net.

It's played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes; think whiffle ball.

It can be played as doubles or singles........It's PICKLEBALL.

When playing Pickleball each player will need a Pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made from wood. Now paddles are made from light weight composite material. The ball is unique as it comes in several colors, including white, yellow and green, but must be a single color to meet International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) specifications.

There are more than 2.5 million Pickleball  players in the United States on 15,000  courts. This sport can be played locally at the Jewish Community Center of Utica, New York. You can get more information on the game and how it's played by calling David Meislin at 315-292-6876


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