Carroll-area residents play pickleball last summer. As this year's season starts up, the Carroll Pickleball Association is hosting a "Pickleball 101" clinic for people of all ages and skill levels. The clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 15 at the Carroll Recreation Center.
Carroll-area residents play pickleball last summer. As this year's season starts up, the Carroll Pickleball Association is hosting a "Pickleball 101" clinic for people of all ages and skill levels. The clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 15 at the Carroll Recreation Center.

May 14, 2019

As spring sports start back up and Carroll area residents look for a fun new pastime to get out of the house and back in the sun, pickleball may be just the right hobby to try.

The Carroll Pickleball Association will host a “Pickleball 101” clinic for anyone interested in picking up the sport or wanting to brush up on their skills. The clinic is free and open to anyone wanting to attend and will be held at the Carroll Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m. May 15.

Rich Hartley, the president of the Carroll Pickle Ball Association, said equipment will be provided and three nets will be set up.

During the day, more experienced pickleball players will work with newbies on the basics of the game, like how to properly hold a racket, Hartley said.

“It’s going to be lots of fun,” he said. “We’ve worked out a deal that there’s no cost to anybody.”

Hartley said the association has been working hard to convert old tennis courts in Carroll into pickleball courts, which are about half the size of tennis courts.

For now, though, the rec center’s courts will be utilized as a fun way to bring people together while also keeping them active, Hartley said.

Pickleball has been played in Carroll for almost three years,” he said. “It’s kind of the fastest-growing sport nobody has ever heard of. It’s been taught in the elementary schools — it’s big in college intramural programs.”