Rising in popularity, pickleball event comes to town Saturday

The Prescott YMCA will host its first-ever Mile High March Madness Pickleball Tournament this Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

"It will be an open doubles tournament with players from ages 13 to 86," Damon Olsen, YMCA executive director and tournament host, said. "Spectators will be admitted to watch the tournament free."

Pickleball players hail from the tri-city area and include the U.S. Pickleball Association's ambassadors, Bob Atherton and Kevin Perry.

Pickleball is played on a court one-third the size of a tennis court using paddles and a wiffle-like ball called a pickleball, so named after the sport's inventor's dog, Pickles, who ran after errant balls and brought them back to the court. The sport was created in 1965 as a family game, and rules such as a required underhand serve make the game more one of strategy and skill rather than power.

It is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., according to the USAPA, particularly among seniors.

The Y has regular play Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more, contact Olsen at 928-445-7221 or at damon.olsen@prescottymca.org.

The Y is located at 750 Whipple Street in Prescott.