“I’m 70 and I love it,” yelled one pink-bedecked player after she served the ball close to where Rogers was standing. ” As for why the game is called pickleball, there are plenty of rumors.
Rogers subscribes to the urban legend that the game’s founder had a dog named Pickle, who he told to fetch the ball when they were playing.
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The sport has been gaining in popularity across the county, with pickleball-specific courts in Morro Bay, Paso Robles and Pismo Beach, among other areas, and several temporary setups in other cities.
“It’s easy to learn, it’s a lot of fun, it’s good exercise and it’s very social, which is one of the big draws to it,” Rogers said, noting that he hadn’t played pickleball until the volunteers approached him about starting a program.
Others stood outside of the court, waiting for their turn to be rotated into the games.Now, he regularly plays with the Arroyo Grande Pickleball Club program, which holds open events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays where new players can learn the game.Otherwise, the courts are open from 8 The facility, which cost about ,000 to build, replaced one of the five tennis courts at the Soto Sports Complex.On Thursday nights, mix and mingle with the locals at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market and enjoy the live entertainment and great BBQ.During the day, take time to explore the downtown area, home to excellent shopping and unique art galleries.
“We took that to the Parks and Recreation Commission, we got the 5-Cities Men’s Club involved in helping on the program, and here we are with brand new pickleball courts today.” Pickleball most resembles a cross between tennis, pingpong and badminton.