Pickleball a rising star at recreation centers

Those looking for a way to stay fit and have fun in the new year may want to try their hand at pickleball, a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong.

To get you started, the city of Clearwater is offering free instruction Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 to noon during January at the McMullen Tennis Complex.

Never heard of pickleball? Well, here’s the juice. First off, no pickles are harmed in the sport. […]

Pickleball is picking up steam

It’s a familiar-looking game with a funny-sounding name.

Players bat a ball in singles or doubles. They play indoors or out. They move more side to side than in tennis. They rap the ball with what looks like an oversized pingpong paddle. The ball, because it has holes in it, makes a clicking sound when struck.

It’s called pickleball, even though urban legend doesn’t agree on how the name emerged. (No pickles are involved.) […]

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