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Pickleball fever spreads
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An outdoor tennis court transforms into a pickleball court every Tuesday night outside Milner Recreation Center. Pictured is Magic Bikhu. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department wants to add a new sport with a sour name to its roster of leagues.
“We hope someday to have a pickleball league,” said Kyle Clyde, the department’s event coordinator. “It’s a fun sport. If you try it once, you’ll love it. Interest is definitely growing.”
To help spur local interest, an outdoor tennis court located beside Milner Recreation Center is reserved for pickleball players every Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. No start-up cost for equipment is required. Paddles and wiffle balls are provided, so all players must provide is a desire to have fun and learn how to play.
Pickleball is played on a smaller version of a tennis court that measures 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. The net is 36 inches high on the ends and 34 inches high in the middle. Both singles and doubles can be played. The court has left and right service zones, as well as a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net called a “kitchen.” Among the rules, players must stay out of the kitchen.
Pickleball is a social game that helps keep people active and healthy. Being active boosts mood, improves both physical and mental health, promotes better sleep, and burns calories. Due to the low-impact nature of Pickleball, fewer injuries occur.
The sport can be physically challenging, if players opt for single opponents. 
“You can play singles and you’ll get quite a workout,” said Clyde. “Most people choose to play doubles, because it’s less intense physically.”
For more information about Pickleball, Clyde can be reached at 473-1212.