SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The sport of pickleball was launched in 1965 but didn’t catch on in Sioux Falls until about ten years ago.
Gary Moore has been playing pickleball for five years. He regards the game as a combination of at least four sports.
“Ping-pong, tennis, badminton and squash, anything that really has a paddle background,” said Sioux Falls pickleball player Gary Moore.
Moore has played alongside Carol Shade for the past two years. Every gamer says pickleball isn’t just for retirees.
“Everyone is playing. It’s the fastest growing sport in America, ”said Moore.
“As a retired teacher, you can go to middle and high schools for all ages,” said Sioux Falls pickleball player Carol Shade.
Once the weather turns cold, players will have the option to move indoors to several facilities including the Sanford Pentagon.
“Perfect time, perfect opportunity to learn and just have fun with people and maybe learn a game you never thought you were good at,” said Ramsey Allen, Lead Events Specialist, Sanford Pentagon.
Open Pickleball runs at the Pentagon through April 30th. Players can buy a daily or monthly pass.
“$ 10.65 a month and you can come and have this courtroom available Monday through Thursday between 8:30 am and noon,” Allen said.
Allen says it usually shows a wide range of skill levels.
“We have people who are going to be playing competitively at tournaments in the region and even in the United States, and then there is a group of people who come in at 8:30 am and possibly finish by 10 am and have a cup want to go coffee in the store, “said Allen.
“It’s such a sport, so social, you just come out and everyone gives you a paddle and you can work that day,” said Moore.
The Sanford Pentagon Pickleball Open will take place on October 16-17.