A free class for anyone interested in learning about pickleball will be 5:30 p.m. June 23 at the Huckleberry Park courts.

Hannibal area pickleball enthusiasts are offering a class to teach people how to play pickleball. Jenna McDonald, recreation supervisor at Hannibal Parks & Recreation, said, “It’s a great way for people to learn the basics,” she said. “Pickleball is simple to learn and good for all ages and skill levels.”

She said the class is a good way for beginners to learn the sport. “Now more than ever people are looking for ways to get active,” she said. A summer league for leisure, intermediate and competitive divisions will begin July 2. Registration to join the league is due at 5 p.m. June 25.

The class is free but reservations are requested by emailing jmcdonald@hannibal-mo.gov or calling 573-221-0154. Equipment will be provided.

Tom Batenhorst, Hannibal Park Board president and other Hannibal area pickleball enthusiasts will be teaching the class.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.