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Pickleball Popularity - Quad Cities

posted Apr 2, 2014, 5:04 AM by Northern Illinois Pickleball   [ updated Apr 2, 2014, 5:04 AM ]
Six courts. Twenty four players. And non-stop action. Pickleball is really catching on in the Quad Cities. So much so that some people have to wait their turn before they can get court time. Larry Miller of Port Byron plays six days a week. He says the game has pretty much taken over his life. Barb Shinbori says the number of people playing pickleball in the Quad Cities has more than doubled in the last two years. It has gone from about forty to one hundred. The game is like a cross between tennis and ping pong. Players use a paddle and a wiffle ball. John Greenlee caught the craze two years ago. He says the games gets you moving, gets you out of the house, and that's the main thing. The game was created in the 1960's in Washington state by a former U.S. Representative. He named the sport after the family dog, pickles.Larry Miller plays at Beyond the Baseline in Davenport. He is hooked, and says he cannot get enough of pickleball. Miller's wife jokingly says the game is a monster and Larry pleads guilty!

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