Mansfield’s Activity Center to hold pickleball tournament

December 22, 2016 by  

Post-holiday blahs can be alleviated with a good round of pickleball. The Mansfield Activities Center has a tournament coming up at the end of January.

The one-day event will be held indoors and will feature a women’s, men’s, and coed doubles format using a double elimination bracket. Lunch will be provided.

For those who have never heard of pickleball, the game is a cross between table tennis and badminton. The court is the size of a badminton court and paddles look like table tennis bats. The green ball resembles a small whiffle ball. The net is low so getting the ball over it is somewhat easy, and serves are performed underhand. In pickleball, the ball must bounce on each side once before volleys begin. Spiking the ball is not allowed, so in front of the net is a seven-foot non-volley zone. The side scoring 11 points wins.

Pickleball has been around since 1965 when it was invented by Congressmen Barney McCallum, William Bell, and Joel Pritchard created it to entertain bored children. It has been estimated that over 2,000,000 people here in the U.S. play the game today.

Promotional products such as special backpacks, T-shirts, sweatshirts, paddle bags, and Sport-Teks are available online.

The pickleball tournament will be at the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria here in town on January 19, starting at 9:30 am.