What IS Pickleball?
A few months ago, I would be the one asking that question. I’m not sure I had ever heard anything about “pickleball” before my husband and I moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in July of 2016. My husband retired in June of 2016 and we already had purchased our retirement home here in Bella Vista. Once we closed on the sale of our home in White Hall, Arkansas, we packed up and moved here. My husband, Mel, lost no time starting to go to exercise at the recreational centers here and scheduling classes several times a week. I think he heard about pickleball at one of the classes or we learned on Facebook or at the library. I can’t remember exactly how it can up, but we learned a group played Mon-Wed-Friday mornings at Metfield. So we decided to check it out. There was a good group there playing the morning we went to watch. Mel decided it looked like fun and when we got home he asked me to find a pickleball racket online and order it for him. So I did. A few days later, he was up bright and early to join the pickleball players with his new paddle.
That first time, he was just learning some of the rules and how to play the doubles that the group played. He loved it and found it to be great exercise. It looked fun to me also. If I wasn’t in this wheelchair, I would be out there playing. But I go ever so often and take pics of the group playing to post on facebook. The group seems to get bigger and bigger and one reason is that my husband invites most people we meet to come to try it out. Several have and love it too.