Central Valley Pickleball Club has a day in the park

local@modbee.comFebruary 18, 2014 

— Members of the Central Valley Pickleball Club, who come from the greater Stanislaus County area, were getting a workout on the courts at Zerillo Park in Riverbank on Tuesday morning.

What’s pickleball, you ask? Chuck Adam, who founded the club in summer of 2012, says it’s a game invented about 35 years ago by a family vacationing on the San Juan Islands in Washington. It uses paddles made just for the game, a whifflelike ball, and a court about the size of a badminton court.

One account of the name says it came from the family’s dog, Pickle, whom the kids would tell to chase stray balls.

The local club has 30-plus members, a Facebook page, and plays Tuesday and Saturday mornings at Zerillo and Thursday mornings at Crane Park in Turlock. To learn more, visit the Facebook page or email Adams at pickleballcharlie@gmail.com.

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