CCSC guests enjoy pickleball

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Guests play pickleball at Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob, a new game offered at the facility. Contributed photo

Retirement … The great day has finally arrived and a whole wide world of possibilities opens up. What to do first?

I've lived in Shell Knob for over 35 years and have a knowledge of volunteer opportunities, but I want to have some fun, too. To that end, I went to the Central Crossing Senior Center to see what grins and giggles are offered there. The first to catch my eye on their impressive list of pasttimes was pickleball. I haven't a clue how this interesting game got its odd name but what's in a name if it's fun? Imagine a ping pong table enlarged to fill the floor. The net is bigger too, of course. The players play exactly like ping pong - singles, or doubles and they have a great time.

Pickle Ball is played at the Central Crossing Senior Center on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m.  Oh, and if you arrive around 11:30 a.m., you can enjoy a great lunch for a suggested donation of only $3.50. (Under age 60 is just $6.)  

A player takes a whack at the ball during a fun game of pickleball, which is like a miniaturized version of tennis, but played like Ping-Pong. Contributed photo

So if you want to see me attempt to keep my pickleball on the table, or if you want to give it a try, come to the Central Crossing Senior Center on YY-15, Shell Knob - the more the merrier. Note: no pickles are harmed (or consumed) in the course of this game. See you there.