'Picking up pickleball is pretty easy'

'Picking up pickleball is pretty easy' »Play Video

ALBANY, OR - It's not a main stream sport. Not yet anyway.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It's also one of the fastest growing sports in America.

"As pickleball is getting more well known, we're getting younger people playing," said Corvallis pickleball player Connie Anderson. "As ambassadors to USAPA pickeball, we want to get the game down through the ages so that grandparents can play with grandkids and parents can play with kids."

Recently the USA pickleball ambassadors from Albany, Corvallis and Salem hosted the 1st Annual Rally In The Valley Pickleball Tournament at West Albany High School.

"Way more than we expected," said tournament organizer Bob VanderLinden. "The turn out was terrific. Then the Albany Pickleball Club that's just starting up came together and really made it what it is."

The sport is more about skill and placement rather than strength and speed.

"To me it's a strategy game," said Bend pickleball player Lee Moore. "As you improve and move your way up the ladder in the game, it becomes strategy more than anything. Even as you get older, you can play even younger people as long as you play with strategy."

So, it can be played by anyone from nine to 90 years of age and it's relatively easy to learn.

"Anything with a hand-eye coordination, picking up pickleball is pretty easy," said Anderson. "I think that's why I like it. You can start playing almost immediately, you have success and you're hooked."

Growing as the sport grows.