Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., especially among young people.
The Hannibal Pickleball Club, in conjunction with Hannibal Parks & Recreation, is putting on a Youth Pickleball Camp designed to teach the basics of pickleball, which will include fundamental techniques, rules of the game and strategy taught by experienced players.
Bill Baker said he and other pickleball enthusiasts noticed that the Huckleberry Park pickleball courts had a lot of young people playing. “But often the kids didn’t know the rules, so we thought if kids want to get involved, they need proper instruction.”
The camp will include drills, games and friendly competition. Baker said a good foundation is needed to advance in the sport. He predicted that high schools will have competitive pickleball teams in the near future, following in the footsteps of colleges.
“Everyone talks about pickleball being for senior citizens, I really see that changing. It’s for everyone,” Baker said.
He said the youngsters are having a good time playing, it’s for all ages and genders.
The camp will be 8:30-11 a.m. July 8, 9 and 10 at the Huckleberry Park courts. There is a $35 camp registration fee, but each entrant will received a pickleball set that includes two paddles, four pickleballs and a case.
Water and snacks will be provided during camp.
Enrollment is limited to the first 30 youngsters, ages 10-15, and is online at www.hannibalparks.recdesk/programs