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Pickleball players find a new way to stay active

Pickleball players compete at Beermann Park in Dakota City, Nebraska. Pickleball players compete at Beermann Park in Dakota City, Nebraska.
SportsFource has found something somewhat new to Siouxland. It's Pickleball and if you're looking to pick up a new sport or a way to change up your exercise routine, it might be for you.

Weekly Pickleball games are starting in Dakota City, Nebraska. It's a mix between tennis, badminton and ping pong with players using a paddle and whiffle ball. The game can be played in singles or doubles with the goal of scoring 11 points to claim victory.

Sharon Dornon of Sioux City was first introduced to the sport while in Arizona, where large tournaments are held each year.

"We had over 400 pickleball players come in to participate," Dornon said.  "Nineteen was the youngest age group and went on up. There were some that were probably eighty."

Vince Kramper has been playing the sport for the last five years. Even if you're not into the competition aspect, he says Pickleball is also just a great way stay active.

"When you walk, you just walk and look at stuff," he said.  "This is as good or better than walking.  The competition isn't real strict. It's mostly for fun.  We don't have big tournaments to go to, although there are some you can, but that's not the point of it. We try to get everyone involved with it."

The group in Sioux City plays at East High School and in Dakota City at Beermann Park.

For more information on how to get involved with Pickleball contact Vince at 402-987-3560.
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