RIVERBANK — 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.
Whats pickleball, you ask? Chuck Adam, who founded the club in summer of 2012, says its 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 familys 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.