Pickleball entertains Gibbon
by Maggie Buettner
If you’ve never heard of pickleball, then it’s time to catch you up to the fastest growing sport in the United States. Pickleball was created in 1965 by three dads in Bainbridge Island, Washington, who were challenged by their children to come up with a new game one summer. The gear was found in the back shed: plastic perforated ball, table tennis paddles, and a badminton net. They set-up on their badminton court, which is roughly half the size of a tennis court, and it’s played mainly following badminton rules. It’s been described as ping pong meets tennis while played on a badminton court. Games can be played against single players or doubles. Each game starts with a cross-court serve and plays up to eleven points, winning by two.
For the complete story, check out the March 29 issue of the Winthrop News.