Pickleball craze in North Shore

By Bob Albright / Correspondent

Posted Jan. 2, 2016 at 3:55 PM
Updated Jan 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM

BEVERLY

Each September, they light up the phone lines at the Reading Recreation Department with the same fervor as a horde of diehard Bruce Springsteen fans desperately hoping to score tickets for “The Boss” from their local Ticketron outlet.

“They set their alarm clocks, because the registration process kicks off at midnight. and a lot of the old-timers have to set their alarms, because we don’t stay up that late,” Peter Sullivan noted with a chuckle.

It’s a turn of events that is all very amusing — and gratifying — to the 67-year-old Reading resident. It was just four short years ago that Sullivan approached the recreation department in his hometown looking to see if he could procure some court time for a little known racquet game with a funny name and a cult-like following in retirement communities. It’s called Pickleball.

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