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PICKLEBALL

FASTEST-GROWING SPORT IN AMERICA

Club members of Delaire Country Club will soon have a new activity available to enjoy. Besides the golf, tennis, and fitness to which they are accustom, Club Members will participate in one of the fastest-growing sports in America: Pickleball! Phase II of Delaire's Five Year Capital Improvement Plan includes dedicated pickleball court construction and programming.

WHAT IS PICKLEBALL?

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The game is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court, which is about one third the size of a regular tennis court. A net that is 34 inches high, which is two inches shorter than a standard tennis net, separates the court. Pickleball is played with hard paddles and a small wiffle ball that travels about one-third of the tennis ball's speed.

Gameplay involves diagonal underhand serves from behind the baseline into the opposing side of the court. Play is similar to tennis, badminton, or ping pong in that the ball is volleyed back and forth until one team faults by either not returning the ball or returning it out of bounds. The serving team can only score points, and a team loses the serve after two faults. Pickleball offers a fun and exciting experience for players of any skill range or athletic ability.