P.E Students Play Pickleball

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 12:29

Recently, P.E. students have entered the world of pickleball. Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island on a short ferry ride from Seattle WA. According to inventors, U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum, the original purpose of the game was to provide a sport for the entire family. Mrs. Anderson, girls P.E. teacher, said, “It’s been played here at this school for as long as I can remember. So for at least 30 years.”

So how do you play this game you ask? It is played on a badminton court, and you use a wiffle ball and a wooden paddle to play this tennis-like sport. Mrs. Anderson explained it as, “It’s like ping-pong on a badminton court with the net lowered. Like tennis in a way.”

Boys and girls both play pickleball in their P.E. classes. Many students find it fairly easy to learn and play. “It’s easy because I know how to play tennis, and it’s kind of the same thing,” said eighth grader Lindsay Johnson.  “It’s fun to play games but practicing… not so much.”

Annee Lange, SJHS Staff Writer