Pickleball is the fastest growing participation sport among people ages 55 and over in this country. It’s played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic whiffle ball and wood or composite paddles. It’s easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
The YMCA of the Northwoods will offer two free opportunities to learn about this fun game. Rob Krieghoff, ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) for Oneida County, will conduct the workshops.
“It will be a hands-on workshop, beginning with a brief history of the game, and a basic run-through of the rules,” said Krieghoff. “Participants will be taught all of the basic shots-soft or dink shots, mid-court shots, baseline shots and the serve.”
Following instruction, participants will play some games and practice what they have learned. There will be handouts for everyone and Rob and other experienced pickleball players will be on hand to answer questions. All equipment will be provided. Please wear sport attire and gym shoes.
The workshops will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 and Thursday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. both days at the YMCA, 2003 Winnebago St. E., Rhinelander. These workshops are free, but for planning purposes, please register for one of these workshops by calling the Y at (715) 362-9622.