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Pickleball picking up steam at Idaho Senior Games

Pickleball picking up steam at Idaho Senior Games

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Idaho Senior Games may need to change its name.

"People from California, Washington - I think there are some from Utah and Oregon," said Pickleball Regional Director John Sweetie.

The Games features events during the month of August and are open to anyone 50 or older.

Pickleball was the sport of choice on Friday at Timberline High School. Winners from this event qualify for the national tournament.

"There are rules, we have referees," said Audrey Phillps, a player from California. "These are sanctioned tournaments by the USA Pickleball Association."

The game resembles tennis, and is played on courts, but with tape marking the smaller boundaries.

"I'm getting older and I've been playing tennis a long time," said Joe Grimm, a player from Salmon. "I was looking for another outlet for competition. It intrigued me so I tried it and just fell in love with it."

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America because any age can take part in it. But as you get older you have to remember to use your head.

"It's really important to hit your spot-placement, angles, and finesse," Grimm said. "It's not a power game."

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