This weekend, Chapel Hill Pickleball in conjunction with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, will host the first ever Pickleball tournament in Chapel Hill at Ephesus Park (located behind Ephesus Elementary School, at 1939 Ephesus Rd).
Come out and see top level pickleball play during the tournament. Over 170 teams from several states will be competing in the tournament October 13-15, from 9am-6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Chapel Hill’s first dedicated Pickleball facility, constructed in 2016, has 6 outdoor courts.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US, and has the largest membership of any sports and recreation program in Chapel Hill will over 600 players, after beginning with only a dozen in 2012. It is played in both singles and doubles formats, with doubles being more common.
Pickleball is a relatively new sport, often described as a combination of tennis, ping pong, and badminton. It attracts players of all ages. You can find players 8 years old playing with 80 year olds! One of the teams entered is a grandfather/grandson doubles team.
To learn more about pickleball, and local opportunities for play, as well as a full schedule of events for this weekend's pickleball tournament, see www.chapelhillpickleball.org/tournaments