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Pick up a game of pickleball on the North Coast

Published on February 14, 2017 3:00PM

Hard, lightweight and punched with little holes, the pickleball resembles a wiffleball. Hard paddles are used, and the court is smaller than a tennis court.

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Hard, lightweight and punched with little holes, the pickleball resembles a wiffleball. Hard paddles are used, and the court is smaller than a tennis court.

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WARRENTON and LONG BEACH, Wash. — Now you can play pickleball nearly every day in the local area.

Camp Rilea pickleball play takes place from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. The fee is $3. Or, if you’re a weekender, the time for Saturday’s pickleball play is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $5. Paddles and balls are available if needed. The fees cover the gym rental. All ages are welcome, as well as those skilled from beginner to advanced.

A driver’s license is required at the entrance gate to Camp Rilea, which is located at 333168 Patriot Way in Warrenton.

The North Coast Pickleball Club is also pairing up with Lighthouse Resort, located at 12417 Pacific Way in Long Beach, Washington. Days of play in Long Beach are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 paid at the office. Balls and paddles are available, and no reservations are required.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s played with a whiffle ball and a paddle on a badminton-size court. The game starts with an underhand serve and played in doubles for a total of 11 points.

The sport originated in 1965, and in 1972 the U.S. Pickleball Association was formed, as was a rulebook. In 1984, the USPA with 15,000 members became the governing body of the sport. It is popular with all age groups, but has been growing since the baby boomer population adopted it.

Pickleball is well suited to the boomer-and-beyond crowd. Using a smaller court, a lighter ball and paddle — made of wood or granite — the sport avoids joint jarring. The underhand serve helps keep shoulder joints pain free. This low-impact but dynamite sport burns calories you’re unaware you’re using because you’re too busy having fun.

If you’re new to the game, learn more about pickleball at www.usapa.org

For more information, call Alice Lane at 503-860-1382, or visit the website at www.northcoastpickleball.org. For Long Beach, call 360-642-3622.



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