Dan and I have been assimilated. This week we attended a beginner’s clinic for pickleball. The clinic was held where we live – in New Town St. Charles.
We have been here for ten years, and all this time New Town has had tennis courts. To use the tennis courts, an additional fee was required. While we didn’t go by the courts frequently, when we did, we rarely saw anyone playing tennis. Maybe one time.
Somehow those courts, just this year, have been converted to pickleball courts. And 12 additional courts will be added to the existing three. To my understanding, the tennis courts are history, and pickleball is the deal of the day. I am so happy and glad someone made this happen.
The first ten week league session just ended. We didn’t sign up for that session as we were gone too much. The second ten week session will start soon. That’s why the beginner’s clinic was offered again. More than thirty people attended the beginner’s clinic.
Previous to the clinic, we had purchased pickleball paddles and balls from Costco. We chose the “Selkirk Latitude Pickleball Bundle” which included two paddles, three balls and a backpack. The paddles were described as having extra long handles. With Dan being 6’8″, he doesn’t need dinky handles. The cost was $99. When I checked the Costco website, the product was no longer available. I guess we got lucky.
The clinic lasted an hour and a half. We stayed a bit longer to play another seven point game. It was a beautiful evening all the way around. Neal, who ran the clinic, explained everything really well. Now, if I can just remember to enact it all when we play.
We did sign up for the next ten week session. It cost $50 per person. We will have to miss some of the games; however, we should be able to find subs easily. We want to play even though we travel often. Hopefully, we can make it work – at least some of the time.
An app called “GroupMe” has been set up. This app can be used to contact others for open play or to make arrangements for subs. We’ve been grouped and plan to use this app for both objectives. Open play is free. Anyone can sub – even if you are not in the current league. A court can be reserved for a fee.
How did we like it? I loved it. Put it right up there with our travel trailer and our e-bikes. I have always liked racket sports, playing tennis when I was younger and also ping pong through the years. However, I can’t really run much now. So, please don’t chase me – unless I am on my e-bike.
To be blunt, at my age, things hurt. Every day. I do what I can to stay as healthy as I can. But when I was on the court, hitting those balls and concentrating on when to “go to the kitchen”, nothing hurt. I got exercise, without me even knowing it. And it wasn’t like I was sore the next day. Now, we did not play the entire hour and a half. Much of it was standing there listening to instruction.
Have you ever played a sport where it didn’t feel like exercise? You just liked it so much and had fun? Have you ever played pickleball?
I take it all as a good sign. I’m really hoping for a good future with pickleball – one with lots of fun and exercise. Everything has been arranged. The courts. The league. The app. The open play. The subs. The equipment. It’s all right here, right in our neighborhood, just a 1.4 mile e-bike ride away.
The ball’s in my court now, wouldn’t you say?