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Pickleball courts installed at Minerva Bicentennial Park

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: April 27, 2017 12:00 AM
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Pickleball Courts have been painted onto the tennis courts at the Bicentennial Park in Minerva. Anyone wishing to play outdoor pickleball should contact Doug Hosterman at 330-323-8950.

A loaner net is available at Off The Beaten Path Gift Shop, 10 am. until 8 p.m. The net must be returned to the gift shop by 8 p.m.

According to the USA Pickleball Association, pickable is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

It combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 2044 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the "kitchen"). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

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When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet, but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however, today's paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials, including aluminum and graphite.

Players will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball is unique, with holes through it like a whiffle ball.

For more information on the rules and how to score, see USA Pickleball Association's website at usapa.org.

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