Flamborough YMCA Pickleball serves up fun for all ages

Sports Mar 17, 2017 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Every Monday and Wednesday, a group of 12-16 people turns up at the Flamborough Family YMCA, and they have a ball. A pickleball, to be exact.

For the uninitiated, the sport is a low-impact take on tennis, which combines the format of the outdoor sport – with its low net – with the rules of badminton. Using oversized paddles and a whiffle ball, the players can move at their own pace, and have a great time.

“Kids love it, and our senior market loves it,” noted Hamilton Burlington Brantford YMCA Senior Manager for Health, Fitness and Aquatics Genevieve Hladysh. “For seniors it’s great, because they’re doing a recreational sport but because you are moving slower, there is lower impact, and lower risk of injury.

“It’s also great for working on balance and agility.”

Hladysh points out that serves are made underhand, as are most of the shots, so movement in pickleball is limited to the waist down. But because players have to swing the paddle to connect with the ball, they still get a full-body workout.

The pickleball program was introduced in Flamborough and at the Ron Edwards YMCA location about six months ago, said Hladysh. Participants can drop in to play during the sessions, which run from 1-3 p.m. (the youth program runs 3-4 p.m.), and there is no additional cost for Y members. Non-members who want to try it out can purchase a day pass.

Those who want to play don’t need to purchase any special gear, added Hladysh.

“We provide all the equipment, but we recommend comfortable clothing and good running shoes for stability,” she said. “Staff are here to help with the rules and the construct of the game.”

The social aspect of pickleball makes it an attractive option for seniors looking for a form of physical activity, said Hladysh.

“Because it is so social and appropriate for any level, lots of people feel welcome coming into the program for the first time,” she said, adding that the success and feedback at the Parkside Drive facility have resulted in plans to introduce pickleball at other locations throughout Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

“Response has been really positive to it,” Hladysh said of pickleball.

“If you can exercise and have fun at the same time, it’s fantastic.”

Flamborough YMCA Pickleball serves up fun for all ages

Sports Mar 17, 2017 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Every Monday and Wednesday, a group of 12-16 people turns up at the Flamborough Family YMCA, and they have a ball. A pickleball, to be exact.

For the uninitiated, the sport is a low-impact take on tennis, which combines the format of the outdoor sport – with its low net – with the rules of badminton. Using oversized paddles and a whiffle ball, the players can move at their own pace, and have a great time.

“Kids love it, and our senior market loves it,” noted Hamilton Burlington Brantford YMCA Senior Manager for Health, Fitness and Aquatics Genevieve Hladysh. “For seniors it’s great, because they’re doing a recreational sport but because you are moving slower, there is lower impact, and lower risk of injury.

“It’s also great for working on balance and agility.”

Hladysh points out that serves are made underhand, as are most of the shots, so movement in pickleball is limited to the waist down. But because players have to swing the paddle to connect with the ball, they still get a full-body workout.

The pickleball program was introduced in Flamborough and at the Ron Edwards YMCA location about six months ago, said Hladysh. Participants can drop in to play during the sessions, which run from 1-3 p.m. (the youth program runs 3-4 p.m.), and there is no additional cost for Y members. Non-members who want to try it out can purchase a day pass.

Those who want to play don’t need to purchase any special gear, added Hladysh.

“We provide all the equipment, but we recommend comfortable clothing and good running shoes for stability,” she said. “Staff are here to help with the rules and the construct of the game.”

The social aspect of pickleball makes it an attractive option for seniors looking for a form of physical activity, said Hladysh.

“Because it is so social and appropriate for any level, lots of people feel welcome coming into the program for the first time,” she said, adding that the success and feedback at the Parkside Drive facility have resulted in plans to introduce pickleball at other locations throughout Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

“Response has been really positive to it,” Hladysh said of pickleball.

“If you can exercise and have fun at the same time, it’s fantastic.”

Flamborough YMCA Pickleball serves up fun for all ages

Sports Mar 17, 2017 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Every Monday and Wednesday, a group of 12-16 people turns up at the Flamborough Family YMCA, and they have a ball. A pickleball, to be exact.

For the uninitiated, the sport is a low-impact take on tennis, which combines the format of the outdoor sport – with its low net – with the rules of badminton. Using oversized paddles and a whiffle ball, the players can move at their own pace, and have a great time.

“Kids love it, and our senior market loves it,” noted Hamilton Burlington Brantford YMCA Senior Manager for Health, Fitness and Aquatics Genevieve Hladysh. “For seniors it’s great, because they’re doing a recreational sport but because you are moving slower, there is lower impact, and lower risk of injury.

“It’s also great for working on balance and agility.”

Hladysh points out that serves are made underhand, as are most of the shots, so movement in pickleball is limited to the waist down. But because players have to swing the paddle to connect with the ball, they still get a full-body workout.

The pickleball program was introduced in Flamborough and at the Ron Edwards YMCA location about six months ago, said Hladysh. Participants can drop in to play during the sessions, which run from 1-3 p.m. (the youth program runs 3-4 p.m.), and there is no additional cost for Y members. Non-members who want to try it out can purchase a day pass.

Those who want to play don’t need to purchase any special gear, added Hladysh.

“We provide all the equipment, but we recommend comfortable clothing and good running shoes for stability,” she said. “Staff are here to help with the rules and the construct of the game.”

The social aspect of pickleball makes it an attractive option for seniors looking for a form of physical activity, said Hladysh.

“Because it is so social and appropriate for any level, lots of people feel welcome coming into the program for the first time,” she said, adding that the success and feedback at the Parkside Drive facility have resulted in plans to introduce pickleball at other locations throughout Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

“Response has been really positive to it,” Hladysh said of pickleball.

“If you can exercise and have fun at the same time, it’s fantastic.”