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Pickleball Clinic To Be Offered At Parks And Recreation – Brevard NC


A group of young and young-at-heart pickleball players gather at Transylvania County Parks and Recreation several times each week.

Pickleball is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country. Although it has been around since the '60s, it is just now catching on around the country and in many places around the world.

But what is it and why is it so exciting?

"First of all, it is a game played on a court half the size of a tennis court with paddles and a whiffle ball," said John Jessen, who runs weekly pickleball clinics at Transylvania County Parks and Recreation.

"It has all the strokes of tennis, but you do not have to be a tennis player in order to play the game. That's one of the reasons it is so much fun."

Anyone can learn to play. Players only have to cover an area about 10 by 15 feet, so less running is involved and the game is less stressful on the body.

"Doubles is the primary game," Jessen said.

"It is fast paced and very exciting," he added. "And it is a great way to get some excercise in a short period of time."

Jessen also appreciates the social aspects of the game.

Pickleball, while fast-paced, does not require the players to cover a lot of ground. (Times photos by Robbie Robertson)

"You don't have to find others to play, you just show up at the courts and play," he said. "While you are waiting your turn, you sit and socialize with the others waiting to play.

"Pickleball is a game you can play at the local, state and national levels. It all depends on you and how seriously you want to play.

"It is a great family sport, not a lot of cost involved."

Pickleball is played in a number of places in the county: Connesstee falls (private), Brevard racquet club (private) and the county rec center (public).

Jessen will offer a beginner clinic starting on the first Tuesday in December at the parks and recreation from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information call Jessen at (704) 460-3946 or the rec center at (828) 884-3156. There is a small fee.


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