New sport taking over Tallahassee

Published: Oct. 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM EDT
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By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News

October 14, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Pickleball, often described as "life size ping pong", is rapidly gaining popularity in the Big Bend.

The sport is a combination of badminton, ping pong, and tennis and is played on a shortened tennis court.

"I describe it as playing ping pong, but you're standing on the table," said Tallahassee Pickleball director Lenin Mongerie.

Players use large wooden paddles and hit wiffle balls over a lowered net.

The city of Tallahassee initially introduced pickle ball at the senior center, but now has nine courts throughout the city.

"Pickleball can be played by all ages," Mongerie said. "The shortened court and paddles make it easier than tennis for seniors, but the fast pace also makes it new and exciting for younger people."

The United State Pickleball Association reports that there are currently around 5 million pickleball players nationwide, and expects that number to grow to about 8 million by 2019.

If you are interested in trying the new sport here in the Big Bend, a free pickleball extravaganza will be held on Dec. 9th at the Holy Comforter School.

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