IRON RIVER—Is Iron County ready for pickleball?
The recreational sport recently made its debut at the Windsor Center, and some free learn-and-play classes will be held at the Windsor Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Anyone who is interested is invited to come over and see what pickleball is all about.
Pickleball is a racquet sport played on a surface the size of a badminton court, played either singles or doubles, and uses a Wiffle ball. The rules combine badminton, tennis and table tennis.
Pickleball is already being played in Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes and Sayner. Recently, reported Dennis Margoni, the Recreation Association of Iron County purchased two portable courts and set them up in the Windsor Center gym.
On April 19, Margoni said 16 seniors played the first pickleball games in Iron County. “I was amazed how quickly everyone picked up the game, and how much fun everyone had” commented the RAIC’s president.
“At the end of the evening, we must have had 50 referral names to contact.
“Our mission,” he continued, “is to provide year-round activities for our population.”
This game certainly meets that criteria.”
Margoni gave three reasons pickleball is becoming increasingly popular: It is exercise, but not too hard; it is fun; and you meet new people.
Originally invented as a children’s game, it quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for all skill levels.
“Pickleball is a strange name,” said Bob Williams, who was the instructor at the April 16 clinic, “but I just love the game. I am hooked.”
RAIC and the Windsor Center hope the people of Iron County will get hooked as well.