PickleBall comes to the Nambucca Valley

PickleBall in action. Photo supplied
PickleBall in action. Photo supplied

It's the sport that is slowly starting to sweep the nation, PickleBall is not yet a household name but it is undoubtedly on its way. 

Described as a friendly game for all generations, Pickleball came to Australia four and a half years ago and since then has slowly made its way into the mainstream. Allan Rudner, in conjunction with the Nambucca Badminton Club, is trying to spark an interest in the Nambucca Valley. 

"Pickleball started in the United States in the 1960s, but it wasn't until the last 20 years that it really picked up. The game is easy to play and can be great fun. There was the first national competition in October last year, and they are planning to do it again this year, Rudner said.  

"It attracts a lot of older people, but its an incredibly social game, it is great for all ages, people are playing well into their 90s, and overseas many schools are picking it up for the kids."

Estimates are that over 1500 people play it nationwide and the US is reported to have more than 3 million players. 

PickleBall has the same size court as badminton, it can be played indoor, outdoors, it is a sport that combines elements from tennis, badminton and ping pong

Allan Rudner

The rules are simple, and there is a lot of crossover between more well-known games, like tennis and badminton. 

"PickleBall has the same size court as badminton, it can be played indoors, outdoors, it is a sport that combines elements from tennis, badminton and ping pong", Rudner said.

"Scoring is most similar to badminton, and the ball has to be hit three times before it can be volleyed, serving is done underarm. 

"Its really a lot of fun, I would encourage anybody to play, come down to Nambucca Heads High School hall on Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30pm and check it out." 

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The treasurer of the Badminton Club, Maureen, is working with Allan to help spark an interest in the quirky game. 

"It's been brought back from overseas; there are now several locations around the country where the game is being played and we are trying to start a club here," she said.  

"We meet at the Nambucca Heads High School hall on Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30pm, we are incorporating it with the Badminton Club, it's a bit of fun and everybody is welcome to come down and play." 

Anybody interested in PickleBall can get in touch with Allan on 0411 191 354 or Maureen on 0428 517 829.

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