LUDLOW, Vt. – Want to play pickleball? Stop by the Ludlow Community Center starting Saturday, Oct. 13. Players of all levels are invited to join the fun Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s free to both residents and non-residents alike, and equipment is also available. Please wear sneakers or gym shoes to participate.
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong. It is played indoors and outdoors on a badminton size court with a modified tennis net. Play is with a paddle, a plastic ball with holes, and is played as doubles or singles. Because pickleball can be played by people of all ages, it has exploded in popularity.
The game was invented in the summer 1965 by three dads looking for a new sport for their bored children. Legend has it the sport was named after one dad’s dog named Pickles who liked to chase the ball. In 2005, the association USAPA was formed and now lists over 4,000 locations in the U.S. to play on the Places2Play map including Ludlow, Vt.