By Amie Sites
Although a Pickleball league is not yet up and running at the Cass County YMCA, Tom LaDow hopes to see one between November and December.
LaDow, who donated Pickleball equipment to the Cass County YMCA, taught a Pickleball 101 class in September and didn’t get the interest he had hoped to receive.
“I was disappointed we couldn’t get it off the ground yet,” LaDow said. “But a lot of the people are sticking to outdoor activities and enjoying the nice weather.”
Pickleball is played with a whiffle ball and wood or composite paddles. The net in the game is lowered to 34 inches at the center.
LaDow hopes to reserve a night for Pickleball at the YMCA in the coming months. One court at the YMCA can handle 18 to 20 players, LaDow said.
The plan is to have another class in November and get more local people at the YMCA, LaDow said.
“I want to get some fresh perspective,” LaDow said. “I like it, but I want to hear what other people have to say. I would like to get the program up and running by mid-Decmeber.”
Four people attended the second Pickleball class, including Stacy Lods, YMCA membership, marketing and special events director.
Since learning the game, Lods is trying to get others involved, she said.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Lods said. “I’m a Pickleball addict now. I played for an hour and 30 minutes and didn't even realize it.”
The game is truly for all ages, she said.
"It’s fun to know a 16-year-old, 70-year-old, 30-year-old and 40-year-old can be on the court all doing the same thing," she said.
Lod’s advice is to not be intimidated and try it out.
“When you’re watching it looks complicated with the rules, but it’s not,” Lods said. “There are only a few rules you have to learn. It’s a good social sport.”
The game is also a good workout.
“You use your whole body when moving up and down the court,” Lods said. “It’s not hard aerobics, but it is a good workout. It’s a fun activity.”
For those interested in playing, the net and equipment is at the YMCA and can be set up quickly. Since there isn’t a league in place for the time being, Lods suggest people bring a partner. Pickleball can be played with doubles or singles. There are open courts at the YMCA from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily if people want to play, Lods said. Those with questions can call the YMCA at 574-753-5141.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.