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Playing Games: Pickleball

Playing Games: Pickleball


CHANNEL 5.>>WHAT WOMEN WANT. WHAT AUSTRALIA EXPORTS.>>NO PADS, NO HELMETS, NO
PROBLEM.>>WHAT SUBURBANITES LONG FOR.>>IF I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
AND I DO NOT HAVE A PICKLE BALL,
SOMETHING IS MISSING.>>OFFBEAT SPORTS FIND A HOME IN
BOSTON. SINGLE MEMBERS WELCOME ON S3
SPORTS TEAMS. IF YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN, DO NOT
EXPECT TO BE THAT WAY.>>I USED TO KEEP TRACK OF
SUCCESS STORIES AND I CAN’T
ANYMORE.>>GAMES PEOPLE PLAY NEXT ON
CHRONICLE. ANTHONY: GOOD EVENING. THE RED SOX ARE HOT, THE CELTICS
ARE GETTING READY FOR THE NBA
DRAFT, AND THE PATRIOTS ARE
GETTING ATTENTION FOR OFF THE
FIELD DRAMA. BUT PRO SPORTS ARE NOT OUR FOCUS
TONIGHT. INSTEAD, ERIKA TARANTAL
DISCOVERS AN AMATEUR SPORT THAT
IS IN DEMAND DAILY, ESPECIALLY
IN THE SUBURBS.>>IT SORT OF LOOKS LIKE TENNIS,
SORT OF SOUNDS LIKE PING-PONG
AND IS AS FUN TO SAY AS IT IS TO
PLAY.>>PICKLE BALL.>>WHAT IS PICKLE BALL? THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT IN THE
COUNTRY, A MATCHUP OF TENNIS,
BADMINTON, RACQUETBALL AND
PING-PONG, IT CAN BE PLAYED
INDOORS OR OUT AND HAS SPREAD
LIKE WILDFIRE IN THE WEST.>>WE ARE ONE OF THE LAST STATES
TO GET A POPULAR OUTPOURING OF
SUPPORT.>>NOW THE BAY STATE IS CATCHING
THE FEVER.>>[LAUGHTER]
>>IT IS REALLY ADDICTIVE.>>LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.>>IF PICKLE BALL HAS A LOCAL
JOHNNY APPLESEED, IT IS PETER
SULLIVAN, A RETIRED SOCIAL
WORKER. HE HAS PLANTED PICKLE BALL
PROGRAMS IN TOWNS ALL OVER
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. FIVE YEARS AGO, THIS NEW SPORT
WITH THE ODD NAME WAS NOT SUCH
AN EASY SELL.>>ONE PERSON GAVE ME LESS THAN
30 SECONDS AND SAID, I DON’T
THINK SO. ONE YEAR LATER, HE CALLED ME UP
AND SAID CAN YOU COME BACK AND
SET UP A COURT.>>LOCAL TOWNS ARE SCRAMBLING TO
KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND.>>ON THE FIRST DAY, WE HAD WAIT
LISTS BETWEEN 10 AND 20 PEOPLE.>>ZACH OF THE CONCORDE REC
DEPARTMENT WAS NOT SURE WHAT TO
EXPECT WHEN LOCAL RESIDENTS
FLOATED THE IDEA OF STARTING A
PICKLE BALL GROUP. NOW THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN FROM A
HANDFUL TO OVER 100 PLAYERS.>>WE WILL BE ABLE TO CALMLY SIX
GAMES AT ONE TIME.>>THE GAME IS PLAYED ON A
BADMINTON SIZED COURT ISN’T NEW
SOLID PADDLE AND A HARD PLASTIC
BALL MUCH LIKE A WIFFLEBALL. PICKLE IS AN EASY GAME TO PICK
UP BUT SPEED AND HAND SKILLS
ATTRACT HIGHLY SKILLED PLAYERS
TO THE GAME AS WELL.>>OUT. EVERYBODY OK?>>ITS DEVOTEES
SKEW TOWARD THE MORE MATURE AND
OF THE SPECTRUM.>>I WAS AFFLECK ONCE IN MY
LIFE. I’M TRYING TO KEEP THAT GOING. — I WAS ATHLETIC ONCE IN MY
LIFE. I AM TRYING TO KEEP THAT GOING.>>A COUPLE FROM NORTH CAROLINA
STOPS IN LOOKING TO FEED THEIR
FIX.>>THAT IS TRUE. WE TAKE OUR ROCKETS AS WE
TRAVEL.>>AFTER ALL, FOR THE HARD-CORE,
LIFE CAN BE A LITTLE SOUR IS OUT
REGULAR DOSE OF PICKLE.>>IF I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
AND DON’T HAVE PICKLE BALL,
SOMETHING IS MISSING FROM MY
DAY.>>WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES IT SO
ADDICTIVE?>>IT CAN BE AS COMPETITIVE AS
YOU WANT, AS SOCIAL AS YOU WANT
AND IT IS EXERCISE.>>TIME FOR MY FIRST TASTE OF
PICKLE. THINGS MAY START OFF A BIT SHAKY
BUT UNDER THE PATIENT TUTELAGE
OF PETER, THE RALLIES GROW
LONGER, CONFIDENCE STRONGER AND
THE APPEAL OF THIS NEW SPORT
BECOMES EASY TO UNDERSTAND. SULLIVAN ALWAYS GRATIFIED WHEN
THE LITTLE-KNOWN GAME HE FELL IN
LOVE WITH FIVE YEARS AGO GAINS
ANOTHER FAN.>>I WAS HOPING PEOPLE WOULD
LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO AND IT
HAS. THAT HAS HAPPENED.>>PICKLE BALL. ANTHONY: HOW POPULAR IS
PICKLEBALL? WELL, PETER SULLIVAN SPENT A FEW
WEEKS RECENTLY AT THE VILLAGES,
A 55 PLUS COMMUNITY IN FLORIDA,
WHERE THERE ARE 190 PICKLEBALL
COURTS. PICKLE FEVER ISN’T AT THAT LEVEL
AROUND HERE YET. BUT TOWN REC DEPARTMENTS REPORT
THAT WHEN THEY OPEN THEIR
REGISTRATIONS, PHONE LINES ARE
JAMMED, AND WEBSITES ARE SWAMPED
WITH PICKLEBALL PLAYERS FIGHTING
TO GET ON THE ROSTER. SORT OF LIKE WHEN U2 TICKETS GO
ON SALE. THOSE WHO DECIDE TO JOIN THIS
NEXT SPORTS LEAGUE GET A
TWO-FER.>>THE SPORTS AE FUN BY GOING
OUT AND HANGIN

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