Thursday, August 11, 2016
PICKLEBALL CLUB HOLDS ORIENTATION
GRAHAMSVILLE--The Grahamsville Pickleball Club now has over 30 members and will hold its second orientation on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town of Neversink Grahamsville Fairground tennis court complex.
Anyone is welcome to come and learn what the popular growling sport is all about and also to play the fastest growing sport in the USA.
Retired 53-year-old Ladies Professional Golf Association golfer Sherri Steinhauer has become a strong advocate for the sport of Pickleball and she is helping the sport grow in Sullivan County by organizing this new club and promoting these orientation sessions.
Neversink town officials recently gave special thanks to Sherri and Tami Shaver who gave the town a generous donation to help defray some of the costs associated with the repairs at the tennis courts and the installation of Pickleball courts.
Sherri and Tami are actively working promoting Pickleball games and open play is held Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Pickelball court is similar to a doubles bad-mitten court and is 20 x 44 feet for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36 inches on the ends and 34 inches at center.
The court is striped like a tennis court, with no alleys, but the outer courts. The inner courts are divided by service lines and the inner courts are non-volley zones and extend 7 feet from the net on either side.
The outer courts, and not the inner courts are divided in half by service lines. The inner court are non-volley zones and extend 7 feet from the net on either side.
To play the game the ball is served with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below the waist level.
Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent fails to return the ball, hits ball out of bounds or steps into the non-volley zone.
The first side scoring 11 points wins but must be leading by at least two points.
The game is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong.
The sport that provides great exercise with competition with loads of fun meeting new people then try out Pickleball.
At the Grahamsville Fairgrounds courts you can rent equipment, balls and/or nets at the pool area during open hours of Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
Additional Pickelball information can be obtained at usapa.org, equipment information at pickelballcentral.com and competition-tournament information at pickleballtournaments.com