Yes, pickleball is a thing, as ridiculous as it might sound.
New recreation options are coming to the McCook Field neighborhood and this time, fans of a funny-sounding and fast-growing sport will get places to play their games.
The Salvation Army wants to construct an outdoor recreation facility across from the $40 million Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, which is located at 1000 N Keowee St.
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The project will create a soccer and lacrosse field, an amphitheater, pickleball and tennis courts and other new spaces.
So what exactly is pickleball?
According to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), it's "a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players."
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Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.
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Here are the basics, as spelled out on USAPA's website: