We all know how good exercise is for us, but it’s not always a lot of fun.

Pickleball, on the other hand, is not only good exercise, but also a great way to have fun and a wonderful way to meet new friends or socialize with old ones. Because there is less wear and tear on the body than other racquet sports, such as racquetball or tennis, seniors who want to stay active are flocking to the game all over the country (over 150,000 players in the United States alone, according to the USA Pickleball Association). As a result, pickleball is expanding here in Fairfield Glade.

In response to this growing demand, William Taylor, our racquet sports head professional, has announced that Beginner’s Pickleball lessons are now being conducted every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Community Center. And, beginning March 7, novice players will have a block of time reserved exclusively for them at the Community Center every Friday from 1 – 2 p.m.  One or more coaches will be on hand to help “newbies” practice what they learned in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. 

Another of the many advantages of playing pickleball here in Fairfield Glade is that we are privileged to have three indoor courts, so we can play year-round. And for those who head to warmer climates in the winter, pickleball courts are springing up all over Florida, Arizona and other deep south retirement and “snowbird” facilities. In fact, just since 2010, the number of pickleball facilities has almost tripled, with 41 new facilities springing up every month.

So, if you’re interested in maintaining and improving your agility, balance, and eye-hand coordination, drop by the Community Center this week and sign up. Couples and/or singles are invited to participate. Whether you’ve never played the game or have been playing a short time, the Friday Novice group is a great place to refine your game.