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Pickleball is a paddle sport much like tennis that has picked up a large following in our Casa de Campo community and though it was not started here, it has gained huge popularity with residents coming together at the La Romana Country Club for pick up games every morning! The beauty of this fast-paced paddle sport lies in its inclusivity. In one doubles match, you could have four different generations playing together at the same level. The sport isn’t as easy as it looks, but the friendly group of pickleballers at the La Romana Country Club are all-inclusive and happy to teach the game they love so much to everyone wanting to try it out!
Pickleball is quite an interesting game with an interesting backstory to match it. The game was founded back in the summer of 1965 in Bainbridge Island, Washington when Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard were desperately trying to keep their kids entertained during lazy summer days. They had a badminton court, but there was no shuttlecock, so they substituted for a wiffle ball. Unable to hit the bigger wiffle ball with the badminton racquets, they decided to grab ping pong paddles and suddenly, a new paddle game was formed, combining bits and pieces from other popular “net” sports. The Bell’s and Pritchard’s lowered the badminton net and created a set of new rules to go along with their new game. Throughout that summer, the families showed the game to friends, and it caught on!
The sport’s eclectic name has two stories. Some say that the name comes from the family dog, Pickles, chasing the wiffle ball when it bounced out of play and the players yelling, “Pickles, the ball!”, eventually becoming Pickleball. Others say the name comes from the game being thrown together using leftover equipement from other games similar to a pickle boat in rowing consisting of the leftover oarsmen from other boats. No one is absolutely sure of the real origin of the name of the sport but one thing is for certain, it has become extremely popular and has continued to grow at a crazy rate since its beginnings that lazy summer in the 1965.
Pickleball combines elements of badminton, ping pong, and tennis and is played with two, or four players. The game is played on a half size tennis court with a net hung at 36 inches and rackets that resemble large ping pong paddles. The ball is similar to a wiffle ball. The games rules combine popular paddle sports with added lingo, rules and scoring. Games play to 10 points winning by 2, and points can only be won during the servers play.
It is the perfect sport to stay active, fit, and social! The Casa de Campo community has really taken to Pickleball with large groups meeting to play at the La Romana Country Club every morning at 8:30AM! The game is played by all ages, and on one court you’ll see people speaking four or more different languages! It is a social, all-inclusive game that is simple, very competitive and fun for everyone!