Pickleball just isn’t a sport, it’s a social outlet

Brent Mason waits for Gary Lanoux to return his serve during a recent pickleball match at Kids American in Coshocton.
  • The Coshocton Pickleball Club was founded in 2017 and has about 50 members. They play from 8-11 a.m. weekdays at Kids America with some afternoon slots.
  • The club hosts tournaments and special events with a 24-hour pickleball marathon benefiting the club held from noon Jan. 7 to noon Jan. 8 at Kids America.
  • Pickleball is a combination of tennis and table tennis with players hitting a perforated ball over a 36 inch high net.
  • Along with having fun in sports, the players said they enjoy the club’s family atmosphere and expanding their social circle to new friends with a common interest.

COSHOCTON − If the members of the Coshocton Pickleball Club have one thing in common it is their enthusiasm for the sport and their desire to see it grow.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It is often described as a combination of table tennis and tennis. Games can be played on outdoor or indoor courts with players hitting a perforated hollow polymer ball over a 36-inch-high net using hard-faced paddles. Opponents hit the ball over the net until one misses, hits out of bounds, or commits another rule violation.

The Coshocton Pickleball Club has about 50 members, but Cathie Akins says they have more than just members who play. It was founded in 2017. They originally used a tennis net, but have since added official equipment. They play from 8-11am Monday through Friday at Kids America with some afternoon slots.

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