If you haven’t heard of a sport called pickleball, you’ve got some catching up to do. One of the fastest growing athletic games in the nation, it’s a paddle sport that has been described as a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, that appeals to all age levels. And it’s gaining fans in West Roxbury.
Since it began in 1965 outside of Seattle, it’s swept all 50 states. There’s even a housing development in Florida that boasts 187 courts. Played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court and with a slightly modified tennis net, it’s lauded as a game of strategy and positioning where youth and speed aren’t necessarily the keys to victory. It’s also an inexpensive sport that can be picked up easily, something that many seniors view as a way to get active without overtaxing their bodies.