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Pickleball: A sport for all

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

Submitted by Gail Scavongelli, Co-Captain 

The Northumberland YMCA Pickleball Team won the Spring Pickleball League championship in the Northern Neck.  With a season record of 5 wins and 1 loss, the Heathsville team defeated the pickleball teams at the Peninsula YMCA in Kilmarnock and the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.     The Team consists of Carolyn Barranca, Joyce Bryan,  Ed Johnson, Michael Litos,  Git Oesterle, Wayne Parks, Bill Perry, George Previs, Mel Previs, James Ricks, Nancy Royall, Grisel Santamaria, and Gail Scavongelli,.      The pickleball team at the Northumberland YMCA formed in the Spring of 2013 and entered competition immediately against the pickleball teams at the Peninsula YMCA and Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.   Recreational pickleball is played in the gym of the Northumberland YMCA every Tuesday and Thursday morning and Wednesday evening since the YMCA opened in 2012.

Most people still might not know about the sport with the funny name.   The game is played on a badminton-size court with a hard paddle and a ball that resembles a whiffle ball. Pickleball, a raquet sport, is a hybrid of tennis, badminton, and ping pong.  It is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the United States.   One of the big draws for the sport is that it doesn’t require a lot of specialized skill to get started. People of all ages can compete in pickleball.

To learn more about pickleball at the Heathsville YMCA, see the championship pickleball paddle, or meet the team members, call the Y at 804-580-8901.

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