Pickleball Event a Smash Hit!
Monday morning on August 14, 2017, Cool Springs hosted our first pickleball event at our indoor courts. More than 60 people were in attendance to try out our courts between 9 am-noon. Pickleball is a paddle sport known for its fun and unique blend of elements from tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It can be played inside or outdoors and is set on badminton-sized courts using a modified tennis net.
Pickleball was created in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum. The three set out to play badminton with their families, but unable to find a shuttlecock, decided to amend the game and play with a Wiffle ball and improvised paddles made from a found piece of plywood.
From its humble back yard beginning, pickleball has rapidly grown in popularity across the United States. In the Pittsburgh area, pickleball is popping up all around the region. Our event brought people from as far as Washington County, all seeking a new location to play the game they love. Many expressed their excitement at having a new location that can be used year-round. The majority of those in attendance plan on returning as often as possible.
Pickleball’s growth in popularity is largely due to its accessibility for all levels of skill and across all ages. Regardless of how long you’ve been playing, pickleball events bring people of varying skill levels together for a game they all love. “The great thing about [pickleball],” one player explained, “is it’s the only sport in the world where you can go and play with professionals and have a good time. This is the only sport where you can do that.”
We will begin offering pickleball on September 11, 2017 every week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with instructional sessions from 10:30 am-12 pm and open play from 12 pm-3 pm, so be sure to come check out what the buzz is all about! For more information about pickleball at Cool Springs, click here!