|Pickleball Tournament is Aug. 25 at New Century Fieldhouse|
This event will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. The cost for this eight-hour event is $16 per person. Divisional awards will be presented for men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. This tournament has a five-game guarantee. Event T-shirts are available for $5, and lunch is available for $6.
Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles.
“One participant described it as ping pong on your feet, said Olathe/Gardner 50 Plus Coordinator Tara Forrester. “Men and women of any age can play, the rules are fairly easy to follow, and New Century has such a wonderful facility to play at, it makes it easy to love.”
Forrester added that she has seen an increase in popularity of this oddly-named sport, as evidenced by the fact that JCPRD is now holding tournaments in both June and August and there are a total of five different pickleball programs, including lessons, clinics, and leagues, in the just-released September through December edition of the agency’s Activities catalog.
“The popularity has really increased,” she said. “Lots of people recently participated in the Sunflower Games, and pickleball was one of the sports played there. In addition high school kids are now playing it in their gym classes. For our 50 Plus participants, it is just a really great way to stay in shape, and the court is smaller than a volleyball court, so it is easier for seniors to move around it. Learning pickleball is relatively simple, and even though it has kind of a funny name, it’s really just a matter of playing a few times, and then just having fun.”
She added that weekly practice times are available not only at New Century, but also at Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park, and at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. All of these programs, she said, also have a few paddles and balls for new participants to use.
While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.