Badminton and Pickleball

NEWTON, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2016) - The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for two evenings of badminton and pickleball mixers and exhibitions. The mixers and exhibitions are a great way for the whole family to learn a new sport.

The fun begins with both badminton and pickleball on Sunday, Aug. 14. Badminton play will run from 3-5 p.m. Pickleball exhibition, demonstration, instruction and play will run from 5-8 p.m.

Pickleball continues on Monday, Aug. 15, with exhibition, demonstration, instruction and play from 5-8 p.m.

Participants older than 12 years old are asked to make a $3 donation. All participants will be provided with snacks, drinks and admission to the swimming pool. The mixers and exhibitions will be held at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave.

Badminton is a sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common form of play is with singles and doubles. Badminton became an Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net. The sport was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime. Pickleball is a fun game that also provides great exercise; it’s soft on the joints, but fast enough to keep players engaged.

For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.