Residents at Warm Hearth Village have formed a new Pickle Ball ™ Club and plan to play at the Village Center at least two days per week. Pickle Ball is a trademarked fitness craze sweeping retirement communities and it looks like a lot of fun. Small wooden paddles and a plastic ball (like a whiffle ball) are combined with a waist high net and some cones on a flat surface and the result is what looks like a miniature version of doubles tennis.
Residents Mike and Barbara Spears, Roland Byrd and Dick Skutt formulated the plan, assembled the materials needed and games began on March 22nd. About ten people showed up for the inaugural match and the weather has certainly been cooperative. Byrd says they are interested in growing the club to about 12 to 15 members who participate on a regular basis.
“It’s like playing ping pong, standing on the table,” says Mike Spears, Chairman of the Pickle Ball ™ Club. He adds, “The nice thing about pickle ball is that it’s easy to learn, fun for all ages and requires no athletic ability.” It also provides an opportunity for residents from across the Village to come together and socialize in a fun setting.