Pickleball is: (a) an hors d’ouevre on the sour side; (b) a Christmas tree ornament; (c) a delicatessen decoration; (d) none of the above.
If you chose (d) give yourself a prize. It’s a game invented by Rep. Joel Pritchard [R-Seattle] and the brother-in-law of [Washington State] Governor Dan Evans, Bill Bell. And lately, interest in it has picked up.
Evans has installed a pickleball court at the executive mansion. A local high school has purchased the necessities for the game, and recently a court, balls and paddle were donated for auction to a fund-raising event.
Pickleball is played on a 44-by-20 foot court, across which is a net strung as high as Pritchard’s hip bone — literally. Players, two or four, use wooden paddles slightly larger than those for table tennis to bat around hollow plastic balls full of holes — like whiffle ball, but about the size of tennis balls.
One scores when his opponent can’t return the ball.