Pickleball is growing on Paso Robles
Local pickleball players grow from 160 to 400 players
Who knew? A wonderful sport with a funny name! Pickleball has arrived on the Central Coast and the hot spot is right here. Paso Robles Pickleball Ambassador, Jack Hodges, using an NBC video showing the sport being played, introduced Paso Robles Rotarians to the sport at their regular meeting last week. The video is posted above.
Definitely, it appeals to a more “mature” player. Pickleball is played with a paddle and wiffle ball on a court similar to a tennis court, but much smaller. Rules are similar to tennis, but with only a single serve, diagonal serves, underhand serves, and usually played as doubles. Although ball placement and patience are acquired skills to play well, players need only a few minutes of instruction before being able to play the game. Players ages eight to 80 can have fun, because the game is fast and challenging, yet it is easier on the body than tennis.
Though Pickleball in new to Paso Robles, the sport is over 50 years old and began in Washington state. Pickleball has been played in Paso Robles for the past year and a half. A year ago there were 160 local players, and now there are over 400.
Pickleball is played in Paso Robles at Centennial Park on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings from 8:15 a.m to 11 a.m. Five courts are available and a $3 fee is charged by the city to play. The courts are on the old roller rink and fundraising is underway to resurface and stripe the courts for pickleball.