Pickleball bounces into WA


Darryl Kenyon

Pickleballs resting on a post near a court

Griffin Parker, Social Media Editor

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country, and it’s growing right into WA. 2.6 million people were playing in 2016, and it’s grown to more than 3.5 million as of 2019. Softball Coach Pete Burr is starting a pickleball club at WA.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, and and racquetball. The game is played as singles or doubles, with the latter played much more often. It can be played slow for beginners, and experienced players can play much faster.

“Pickleball is a fast and slow-paced game with technical and tactical aspects. It’s a thinking game,” Burr said.

Pickleball can be played at any pace, making it a game for all ages. The game was originally popular among older people and retirees, but is growing among younger people. Burr, who has been playing pickleball for six years, is bringing the game to WA to get youth involved in the sport.

“It is a sport that is continuing to grow and the youth are an integral part of this. It is a cross-generational sport and you see families playing,” Burr said.

The club will be meeting at the Millworks on March 16, 18, and 20 from 2:30 to 4:00 to learn about and play the game. Anyone interested should email Coach Burr at [email protected] for more information or to sign up.