Pickleball is a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four 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 shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications.
In May 2016 we were fortunate enough to have the Raquet Club in San Juan Cosala introduce Pickleball to the area. They started out with only about ten people coming out but managed to keep it going but now have many more regular players coming out. The Raquet Club’s pickleball division started out with four courts with lines painted over top of the existing tennis court lines. This was great at the beginning but they soon saw that the demand was going to grow so they painted permanent pickleball courts with permanent nets and expanded the facilities to six courts. Lots of new people are showing up every week as the word is spreading that this exciting and, in fact, the fastest growing sport in North America, has finally reached Lakeside.
Pickleball can be played by players of any age, even into your 90’s!, It is a fun, fast, and exciting game to play and has attracted over 200,000 players from around the world. Regular drop-in days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday starting between 8:30 and 9:00 until the last person leaves.
For more information check out the newly formed ‘Pickleball in Ajijic’ information website here.
See you soon on the courts!
Updated Information: Pickleball in Ajijic has now expanded!! The second set of courts are now available in Chapala at the Hotel Villa Montecarlo. Six brand new courts in a lakeside setting. Check out the website at https://www.lakechapalapickleball.com/.
The Editor and two friends took advantage of the free introductory lessons recently at the Hotel Monte Carlo in Chapala. You can book free lessons here. The lessons are run by Sam, an accomplished player, and Carlos, and include a racquet and balls. They cover the basic rules of the game, the basic shots, the stance for different shots, serving, and answer any of your questions. Wear normal court shoes and light clothing because you will get a workout.
There are two courts assigned for beginners and four courts assigned for intermediate advance players. The beginners that attend the drop-ins must have a full understanding of the game. The courts get pretty full on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Players go to the courts and wait for their turn to play, so you don’t need a partner. For beginners, after the free clinic, it is strongly recommended that you take Carlos Castro’s Friday morning clinic where he explains the rules of the game in more detail. The cost for an hour lesson is 150 pesos plus the standard 100 pesos, and 50 pesos if you need to rent a racquet.
Lake Chapala Snakes & Ladders Tournament
* Phase One *
Chapala Tournament at Hotel Villa Montecarlo in Chapala
April 22 -May 27, 2019
Visit the site here for more details.