Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pickleball growing in popularity

March 4, 2014 -

Bob Fiske and Ken Bush, both of Ormond Beach, play pickleball at the Nova Community Center. (Photos by Wayne Grant)

The sport is played every weekday morning at Nova Community Center.


It may sound like a game played in the produce section of a grocery store, but pickleball is a sport enjoyed all over the nation, including from 9 a.m. to noon every weekday at the Nova Community Center, 440 N. Nova Road.

“It’s the No. 1 growing sport,” said Lori Koplin, coordinator at the center. “Two years ago, we had two courts, and now we have four. … It’s kind of a mix between tennis, badminton and table tennis. A lot of people who used to play tennis like to play it.”

Bill Lauby, of Daytona Beach, was playing pickleball recently at the center and noted that it’s played on a smaller court than tennis, which makes it easier, but it’s still a fast-paced game and “very competitive.”

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