The St. James Pickleball League
Note - New Extended Hours! For the summer, we are meeting outside at the Jonathan Daniels School tennis courts*, and not at the Rec Center. And our hours have been extended to Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-11AM, as well as Weds evenings from 5-7! Now you can play pickleball any day of the week. We'll be back in the rec center in the fall, hours to be determined.
In March of 2017, a group of people at St. James who are up for some fun and fitness started a regular pickleball league as a way to live into our call to wholeness and wellness. They began meeting in the gym of the Keene Recreation Center on Washington Street on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The group has grown exponentially, and we've gone from having just one court, to four.
If you are wondering, "What on earth is pickleball?" it is a wonderful racquet sport that is kind of a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played on a badminton sized court, has a tennis-like net, and players use a whiffle ball and solid, light weight racquets, sort of like oversized ping pong paddles. People of all ages enjoy pickleball, which has the excitement of tennis without as much stress on the joints. Or, it has all the strategy of ping pong, only bigger. Or the enjoyment of badminton, only faster. The sport is becoming very, very popular in certain parts of the country. Keene's time has come.
You do not have to have ever played pickleball before to take part in our league. Many of us are total beginners. Very happily, we have our own USAPA ambassador, Rich Kalich to coach us! (USA Pickelball Association - yes, it's a thing) If you've ever played any court or table racquet sport you'll catch on very quickly. If you haven't, it'll only take you a bit longer. You also do not need to have any equipment to play. We have everything you'll need to get started available.
We hope that once we're up and running, we can challenge other Keene congregations and organizations to form their own teams and come play with us! If you want to learn more about pickleball, you can visit the USAPA website HERE. And if you want to double check that someone will be at the rec center on the morning you'd like to come, contact Rich or Elsa