TEMPLETON — Last weekend, May 12 and 13, over 120 avid Pickleball players from Central California met at the Templeton Tennis Ranch for a Round-Robin Doubles Skills Tournament. Twelve of our Atascadero Pickleball Club (APC) players won “Silver” and are pictured along with Pickleball Ambassador Kelly Forrestall. This tournament was one of APC’s fundraisers toward permanent courts. For more information about APC, call (805) 440-3914.
The pickleball tournament was also in memory of Judy Goehring who was co-owner of the Templeton Tennis Club and in support the Wellness Kitchen.
Pickleball is a combination of techniques used in badminton, ping-pong and tennis. The difference is the racket is a paddle and the ball, made of plastic, is a perforated ball similar to a whiffle ball.
All ages enjoy this sport, especially baby boomers/seniors who cannot play tennis any longer. Having played tennis, ping pong or racquetball is helpful but you don’t have to have experience on the courts to join our club. The game is fast enough to offer sufficient physical and mental exercise at different levels of strenuousness.
The public is welcome to play at the Atascadero Colony Park Community Center on Traffic Way. Adults play Monday-Wednesday 8:30-10:30 a.m. inside and out and at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays inside the gym. Non-members pay $3 a visit and we provide equipment. New players are welcome Tuesdays in gym at 8:30 a.m. for orientation and instruction.
This summer, a youth Pickleball camp for 7-12 year olds is being offered by APC through the Atascadero Recreation Department in July and August. Call the Recreation Department at 470-3360 or 440-3914 for information.
Photo caption: Silver medal winners from the Atascadero Pickleball Club. From left, Kelly Forrestall, Pickleball Ambassador, Edmond & Kristen Temple, Gary Smalling, Barbara Sims, Janet Coughlin and John Caudill. (Photo by Lee Perkins)