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Let’s Play Pickleball!

I have lost my mind. I have become obsessed with Pickleball. Believe it or not, my little obsession started with my kids and a group of friends nearly ten years ago at a place called Pine Cove in Texas.

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Imagine tennis and ping pong had a baby – you’ve got pickleball! But in reality, it was based heavily on badminton after two guys couldn’t find all the badminton rackets and wanted a game to play!

I still love tennis, but what I’ve grown to love about pickleball is that during open play, all you have to do is put your paddle down and wait for your turn. Very much the way you would lay down a quarter in a pool hall and play whoever the winner of the last round, you do the same in pickleball.

There are leagues and match play, but there are also these pick-up games that work well for my busy schedule. Check out https://ymcanwfl.org/locations/bear-levin-studer-family-ymca for open court times.

Before you exhaust yourself trying to figure out the rules and parameters of the game, I would highly recommend just putting yourself out there to play. If you’ve never hit a paddle and ball, you can always grab a beginner set at Dick’s or on Amazon to practice making contact with the ball first.

If you want to do your research, check out USA Pickleball here: https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/ for a full layout of the court, links for clothing and equipment, the official rules, etc.

Locally, you can join Pensacola Panhandle Pickleball on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1157874124577976/

Pickleheads has a great listing of all the courts in Pensacola at this link: https://www.pickleheads.com/courts/us/florida/pensacola

And for information on the City of Pensacola’s courts, click this link: https://www.cityofpensacola.com/3446/Pickleball

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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.