Pickleball Club volleys over to a new outdoor location

Members of the Riderwood Pickleball Club pose before the start of their practice on July 22. The group meets on the Arbor Ridge Tennis Courts at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays (Photo by Chris Taydus)

By Bruce Donaldson

Member, Riderwood Pickleball Club

The Riderwood Pickleball Club is swinging (paddles) and having balls (hit over the net). It is great fun for those among us who enjoy playing games for a bit of healthful exercise. Pickleball is well tailored to our men and women residents, as it is certainly less demanding than the somewhat similar game of tennis. The pickleball court is significantly smaller than a tennis court, and we almost always play doubles. The pickleball is perforated, thin plastic, and thus is light in weight and requires little strength to hit. The paddles are about twice the length and width dimensions of ping-pong paddles. Our present players always welcome new players and are happy to teach them how to play the game. Just show up in athletic shoes and the club will lend you a paddle. New players may also contact our Pickleball Club president, Joe Finan, at ejfinan@hotmail.com to plan for instruction.

The current remodeling of the Lakeside Commons clubhouse has relocated the Pickleball Club from its previous home in the wellness studio. We are now sharing the tennis courts with the Tennis Club. We start play at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Since the surface of the tennis courts is non-standard for our game, we are just making do while we wait for the new Wellness Center to be completed. When it is completed, our women and men will have two indoor courts to enjoy.

Pickleball is a relatively recent creation from the West Coast, and it is now this country’s fastest growing sport. Indeed, it is now being played all around the world. As a reflection of this advancing popularity, the Oak Crest community will be hosting an initial pickleball tournament for local Erickson communities in August. Each community will send three mixed doubles teams to this competition.

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