Have you heard? Pickleball is now offered at the University City Racquet Club at Standley Park, 3585 Governor Drive. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis. Players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net.
Leslie Anderson has been a pickleball enthusiast for nine years and is excited to see the sport grow. Coach Mike Shinzaki, pictured left with players from a recent Monday morning session, played tennis as a child and through college. He began playing pickleball only three years ago and now instructs locally and competes on the pro circuit.
Open play pickleball is currently available on Monday mornings from 9 – 11:30. Those who wish to play at other times are welcome to contact the Racquet Club for more information. Group lessons, clinics and private lessons are also available for those who want to learn the sport. According to Leslie, the Racquet Club can set up as many as four pickleball courts for players. The fee for non-members is $5.00. Paddles and balls are available for those who do not have them.
Both Leslie and Mike are actively promoting pickleball at the Racquet Club as another club option for pickleball players in the area. They both hope to see more players on the courts in the coming weeks and months. And each is thrilled to participate in the national pickleball championships in Palm Springs in November.
For more information about pickleball in University City, stop by the club, contact the Racquet Club through their website at www.ucrctennis.com, or call their voice mail at 858-452-5683.
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