Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Pickleball Courts at Altisima Park

On Saturday, March 4, the Board of Directors celebrated the opening of four new pickleball courts at Altisima Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The purpose is to increase the the enjoyment of the SAMLARC membership for the ever growing and popular up-and-coming sport.

A special presentation was provided by pickleball enthusiast Carl Grimes and pickleball instructor Coach Hai Nguyen. For more information on signing up for pickleball lessons please visit SAMLARC.org/pickleball.

What is pickleball?

Pickleball is a new upcoming sport played worldwide and it is rapidly expanding in the nation. The game requires two players and some would say that it is a combination of tennis and Ping-Pong.

Equipment required:

1. Perforated ball

2. Special Small Paddle

Basic Rules:

The ball is served underhand without bouncing it off the court and is served diagonally to the opponent’s service court.

Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return ball, hits ball out of bounds, etc.).

The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until server faults.

The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least a 2-point margin wins. For example, if both sides are tied at 10 points, then play continues until one side wins by 2 points.

Pickleball News:

According to USAPA there over 4,500 courts available to play in by November 2016. It’s a significant growth compared to 900 courts available at the end of the year in 2010. In addition there are talks about pickle ball being a strong contender in future Olympics.

Official Rules: CLICK HERE

Summary Rules: CLICK HERE

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