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Pickleball clinic set for Saturday

Sport is growing in popularity

December 26, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Marshalltown Parks and Recreation is bringing back a clinic on the growing sport of pickleball. The free clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and preregistration is not necessary. The first clinic was held in November and was popular.

"We had 12 to 15 people for that first clinic, and we were very excited for that many people," said Chad Weir, recreation superintendent.

Pickleball involves a paddle, a wiffle ball and a net on the floor and is similar to tennis. Often, tennis players will take up the sport as they get older.

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John Haney plays pickleball last year at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A free clinic on the sport will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the coliseum.

"It's growing for all ages, especially for Baby Boomers," Weir said.

One of the goals of the clinic is to gauge local interest in the sport, with the possibility of Parks and Recreation adding a league or open gym for pickleball if there is enough interest.

"It's still in that informational gathering stage to see the potential desire for this," Weir said.

The pickleball clinician is Steve Stone of Des Moines. For more information call Parks and Recreation at 641-754-5715.



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