What do you get when you mix a smidgeon of badminton, a pinch of ping-pong and a slice of tennis?   Answer: One of the fastest growing racket sports in the U.S., Pickleball.  Since its inception, Pickleball has evolved into an official paddle sport with formalized rules.

Players, on a badminton-sized court, use a paddle and hit a whiffle-like ball over a lowered net. The rules of the game dictate an underhanded serve, a single bounce before the first hit, and a non-volley zone at the net which slows the game down significantly. Though it requires good hand-eye coordination and some stamina, the smaller-sized court decreases the need to run, which in turn lessens the probability of injury. The low impact nature of the sport opens the field so that all ages and mobility levels can participate.

Pickleball may be less strenuous and taxing on the body, but it still develops good reflexes, coordination and provides a great cardiovascular workout. Due to its less taxing nature, older, active adults can continue to play this sport well into their retirement years and receive the same health benefits of higher impact sports.

In addition to the physical benefits, Pickleball provides players an opportunity to meet similarly active individuals who take part in recreational or tournament play.

So, come and learn to play PICKLEBALL at JCC MetroWest. If you already play PICKLEBALL, come and improve your game.  We will be holding Pickleball Demos/Clinics at JCC MetroWest in the gym on Sat., July 20 from 1-2pm; Sun., July 21 from 10am-12pm; Fri., July 26 from 10am-12pm; Sat., July 27 from 1-2pm andSun,, July 28 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Equipment will be available for your use or you can bring your own.

For additional information, please contact Sherri Feldscher at 973-530-3425 or sfeldscher@jccmetrowest.org.  


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