People stay active with pickle ball

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - You can trade in your running shoes for a racket and wiffle ball to stay active.

People in the community enjoyed a game of pickle ball at the Hastings Parks and Rec Department Monday afternoon.

About a dozen people hit the courts at the Community Center. Instructors taught beginners the rules and tricks of the game.

"It helps with fitness. You can easily in a couple games drop a sweat, and maybe even lose some weight when you play," said Ryan Martin, recreation superintendent. "Really from a social aspect, it's kind of a socializtion game."

The game Monday was part of Active Hastings Week, which encourages people to get outside and stay healthy.

Pickle ball isn't new at the Rec. They've had an indoor court there for about 1.5 years.

You play until a player reaches 11 points, and wins by two. The court is smaller than a tennis court, and you use a wiffle ball instead of a tennis ball. You can play with two or four people.

"A lot of people don't know some of the things that are available out there in the community to stay active. This is one of the things that we can introduce to people, and show them that you can come on a daily basis and enjoy a great game," Martin said.

You can play pickle ball at the Rec any day of the week, although Martin said most people play in the afternoon.

There's lots of other activities going on for Active Hastings Week, including a bike or walk to work day on Wednesday, May 8.

You can visit www.Facebook.com/HealthyHastings to check them out.