Pickleball 10-Week Program Begins December 6
Community Open Pickleball Play November 22 11:30am At Mt. View Gym
PORT TOWNSEND, WA (November 16, 2016) - The Port Townsend Pickleball group will be involved with a 10-week Program that begins December 6 that will be held at the Mountain View gymnasium.
All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the open game play Tuesday/Thursday 11:30am-2pm. The cost is $25 for 1 day-a-week or $40 for 2 days-a-week.
Two or four people play on a badminton court, 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. Portable nets a little lower than a tennis net are easily set-up in a couple of minutes. The Mt. View gym has two badminton courts. Players use a light paddle and a specially designed wiffle ball for inside play. The fast-pace game can also be played on tennis courts. This summer the Court House tennis court and one of the Port Townsend High School tennis courts had taped pickleball lines on them.
“Wet winter pickleball play outside is risky,” explains Jack Olmsted, Port Townsend Pickleball member, “your footwear can slide on the slick courts at anytime for whatever reason. I’m looking forward to competitive game play with the Jefferson County talent pool in a safe, warm, wind free environment in the months ahead.”
“So happy we will be able to continue playing pickleball all winter, “ says Anne Clark, Pickleball member, “by moving indoors where we will be safe, dry, and warm.”
"I am hoping the program will be used by people all over the Port Townsend area," Mary Critchlow, retired PE teacher.
In the summer of 1965, on Bainbridge Island, Wash., three dads invented pickleball for their bored children. As legend has it, the name of the game comes from one of the inventor’s dog, “Pickles”, who liked to chase the lost balls.
The USA Pickleball Association claims that pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.
On November 22 at 11:30am, the public and the press are invited to tour the Mt. View gym courts and meet and play with members of the Port Townsend Pickleball Group. Instruction for beginners is available.
Currently, the Port Townsend Pickleball Group has open play Wednesday (10-1pm) and Sunday (10-1pm) outside on the Mt. View basketball courts weather permitting. White pickleball lines were painted on two courts this summer.
- Listen To KPTZ Interview (August 2016)
- Photos and videos are available on the Port Townsend Pickleball Facebook Group