In fact, it was the first year pickleball was included in the nationals, Goldberg said. One of the fastest growing sports, pickleball is a mixture of badminton, table tennis and tennis.
It’s played on a 22x44 court, with a net similar to a tennis net but positioned lower, and is played with a hard paddle and a ball smaller than but similar to a wiffle ball.
“We’ve started teaching it at the Beverly Y and it’s really easy to learn,” Goldberg said.
“My doubles partner at The Villages, Deb Harrison, is the No. 2 player in the nation in pickleball. She teaches it and she’s great at it.
“It’s a very fast game and it is challenging and rewarding.”