Prepping to play pickleball

It’s a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong and racquetball. They call it pickleball once you add a paddle and a whiffle ball.

Volunteers Rob Taylor

Volunteers Rob Taylor

It’s a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong and maybe racquetball too. They call it pickleball once you add a paddle and a whiffle ball, and the players finally have a place to call home.

With the help of volunteers, Club Shuswap recently transformed its old tennis courts into four pickleball courts. The courts were open for action on Thursday after a few weeks of sanding, sealing and painting the foundation.

Club Shuswap marketing co-ordinator Bruce Barnard decided to restore the courts after learning pickleball was one of the fastest growing sports in North America.

“I was aware of the popularity down south and that’s where my interest first got perked and I looked into it a bit more,” said Barnard. “It’s a very popular sport.”

Shuswap Pickleball Ambassador Linda Brown is ecstatic to finally have a place for the 40-plus pickleball players to game.

They previously played at the Salmon Arm Community Centre but Brown said it was a nightmare with all the different sports lines and incorrect pickleball boundaries.

“This is going to be great because it’s just going to be just a pickleball court, so it will be easy to play on,” she said, adding that they now have extended hours of play to accommodate everyone.

Brown looks forward to seeing new players on the courts. She says the learning curve is small and welcomes both kids and seniors, adding it offers a good introduction to tennis also, because it teaches hand eye co-ordination and working with a paddle.

You can play in teams of two or in singles. The game is like mini-tennis with a hard plastic whiffle ball, wooden paddles and a badminton net that sits around knee height. When starting, the serve must be hit underhand and each team plays their first shot off the bounce.

After the ball has bounced once on each side, teams can either volley the ball in the air or play it off the bounce. The game is played to 11 and you have to win by two points, but you can only score points when serving.

“It’s just been a wonderful thing because it’s a good sport and there’s lots of people playing it, of all ages,” Brown said of getting new courts.

Barnard looks forward to seeing more people get involved either competitively or casually. Having the courts at Club Shuswap will also increase activity on the golf course.

“This will give the sport a chance to grow and for more people to get involved,” Barnard said.

The courts are open the same hours as the golf club and anyone is welcome to play. The pickleball club has selected hours of play with courts designated for new players and members available for instruction.

For more information or coaching, call Brown at 250-832-6579.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)
Salmon Arm locals’ skills bring steel sheep horn sculpture to Radium

Adam Meikle and Idea 64 Projects made the towering horns a reality

Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenceman Kieran Ruscheinski (right) sticks close to Vernon Vipers forward Logan Lorenz during Salmon Arm’s 2-1 overtime win in B.C. Hockey League pod play Saturday, April 10, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Mack attack paces Salmon Arm Silverbacks past Vernon

Sullivan Mack scores both goals, including beautiful OT winner, in Gorillas’ 2-1 BCHL pod play win over Snakes

Machinery could be seen working to clear land behind a pair of houses on Main Street for the future site of the Shuswap and Secwepmc Healing Centre, a medical facility on Friday, April 9. The Sicamous Fire Department has been using the buildings for training exercises ahead of their demolition. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
Snapshot: Clearing space

Land is being cleared for a new medical centre on Sicamous’ Main Street.

Winter driving conditions returned to the Coquihalla Highway on April 10. (ICBC image)
Coquihalla motorists warned of fresh snow

Five to 10 cm of snow is expected today for the mountain highway.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

People walk past the Olympic rings in Whistler, B.C., Friday, May 15, 2020. Whistler which is a travel destination for tourists around the world is seeing the effects of travel bans due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Adults living, working in Whistler, B.C., eligible for COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

The move comes as the province deals with a rush of COVID-19 and variant cases in the community

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
UPDATE: RCMP investigating after child, 6, dies at motel in Duncan, B.C.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances around the child’s death

Highway 97 being converted to four lanes in April 1990. This photo taken in Lake Country. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #14025)
HISTORY: How the old Highway 97 in Lake Country got new name

Pelmewash Parkway recognizes the First Nations history in Lake Country

RCMP display some of the fish seized from three suspects who pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in 2019, in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP
3 banned from fishing, holding licences after overfishing violations near Vancouver Island

Mounties seized the group’s 30-foot fishing vessel and all equipment on board at the time

Flight with COVID
Another Kelowna flight with COVID-19 exposure

Westjet flight on April 5 from Kelowna to Edmonton

B.C. Premier John Horgan responds to questions during a postelection news conference in Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. British Columbia’s opposition Liberals and Greens acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic has presented huge challenges for Horgan’s government, but they say Monday’s throne speech must outline a coherent plan for the province’s economic, health, social and environmental future. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Horgan’s NDP to bring in throne speech in B.C., Opposition wants coherent plan

Farnworth said the budget will include details of government investment in communities and infrastructure

Most Read