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Sylvia Fletcher, who introduced pickleball here in 2011, plays in the Senior Games at the John Graham gym in April 2017.

Warren County Parks and Recreation will offer several sports and leisure activities for both youth and adults through next month.


Pickleball for beginners

An introduction to the game of pickleball will be held on Tuesday mornings starting Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. at the John Graham gym on Wilcox Street in Warrenton. Instructors will be available to teach beginners how to play the game with the funny name, which was introduced here in 2011 by Sylvia Fletcher with CSSC Wellness Center of Warrenton. Fletcher is pickleball ambassador for the Two Lakes Area, which includes Warren County.

The game is similar to tennis, in that a ball is hit back and forth across a net, but the court is smaller, and hard paddles and large wiffle balls are used.

Pickleball was invented in the state of Washington in 1965 after Congressman Joel Pritchard had a portion of his tennis court removed to make way for an interstate.

Named after Pritchard’s dog, Pickles, who kept chasing the ball, pickleball combines tennis, badminton, ping pong and racquetball techniques. The net is hung 36 inches on the ends and 34 inches in the middle to allow for faster play.

Locally, pickleball is now so popular that it is being played at the John Graham gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. 

It is a highlight of the Region K Senior Games, and a number of Warren County pickleball players have earned Senior Games medals competing in the sport at the local, regional and state levels.


Youth activities

From mid-February through early March there will be several Saturday morning activities for youth held at the John Graham gym in Warrenton.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, a cheerleader clinic for ages 7-13 will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. 

A painting class for youth ages 9-15, taught by Victoria Privette, will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.  

To pre-register for either of these activities, contact the parks and recreation department at 252-257-2272.  

On Saturday, March 2, the Balloon Lady will entertain the audience beginning at 10 a.m., and on Saturday, March 9, Flow Circus will demonstrate their juggling and comedy magic, also beginning at 10 a.m. 


Youth baseball, softball registration

Registration for youth baseball and softball will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and run through Saturday, March 9. Registration will be held for T-ball (ages 4-6), boys’ baseball (ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15) and girls’ softball (ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-16). Registration will be held at the recreation department office in the John Graham gym from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and on Saturday, March 2, and Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.  

The last day of registration is March 9.  Anyone wishing to sign up after this date will be put on a waiting list. 

The player’s birth certificate, a $10 registration fee, and a parent or guardian to sign the player up are required in order to register.   

For more information, contact the recreation department at 252-257-2272.