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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • They're having a (pickle) ball

  • Game moves indoors in winter, is played in Schuster Park in the summer
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  • Pickle Ball. It's new and one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and it's being played right here in Crookston. You can play indoors or outside with friends and family. While it looks similar to tennis, the court is actually 2/3 the size.
    A pickle ball court is 20 feet by 44 feet and has to be specially taped in order to adhere to game guidelines. The seven-foot area on each side of the net is called the "kitchen" and should only be entered to return a ball.
    Want to score? You better be the one serving the ball. That is the only way to get a point in the game that goes to 11. The ball also has to bounce following the first serve and first return inside the designated quadrants. After that, the game can be played in mid air.
    Larry and Judy Brekken have been in charge of pickle ball in Crookston for a few years now. Games in the winter are played in the Washington Elementary School gymnasium on Sundays and occasionally on Wednesdays. They play in the summertime at Schuster Park on Thursdays and Sundays with two nets available.
    "We had lots of people this summer and hope to gain more attention for this fun sport," Larry Brekken said during Wednesday's games at Washington School. "The hardest part is catching on to all the rules, but once you do it is such a good time."
    One participant, Tom Amiot, said, "I love pickle ball. I've been playing it a total of two days and I'm athletically challenged. It really is fun, though."

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