While we were at the Racoon Creek FamCamp at MacDill AFB, I got my first shot at playing pickle ball. I've been hearing about it for years and was ready to give it a try.
Years ago, Pam and I would play a lot of racket ball together. But we haven't played in quite a while. We've got some first hand information from Steve and Karen when we toured their winter place at the Palm Creek RV Resort in Casa Grande AZ a couple of years ago.
It looked like fun and they have a pretty fantastic facility there. On the more modest end of things, the base gym as a couple of courts lined in one half of the basket ball court. Jim invited me to join him a couple of times.
It was really a lot of fun. The plastic ball reminds me of a wiffle ball we used to play with as a kid. And the paddles remind me of wooden racket ball rackets. It works out well as the ball doesn't fly around so fast as a racket ball or tennis ball.
The rules are a bit confusing and the scoring takes some time to get right, but by the second time we played I felt a lot more comfortable with both.
The good news is that these folks (guys and gals both) don't take it too seriously. They make it easy for a novice/beginner to get the hang of it. And its all about the exercise, fun and camaraderie. They were competitive to a point but no one was over the top. No one was taking this too seriously.
As a complete beginner, I was glad for the help and instruction and casual level of play.
One thing I heard was that the guy who invented the game named it after his dog "Pickles". Anyone else heard that?
Its a fun game and I look forward to playing more often!
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