An old sport is gaining new momentum across the nation and Indianola residents are hoping it picks up steam here, too.
The Indianola YMCA is hosting two clinics for anyone to hoping to pick up pickleball.
Pickleball is a rapidly growing sport among seniors because it's easy to play with a small court, light paddles and a plastic ball.
Dennis Olson, who said he picked up the sport while living in Texas, said four pickleball courts can fit into one tennis court and games only last to 11 points, or about 15 to 20 minutes.
He said he used to play squash but it hurt his wrist after a while.
Scott Kruthoff, executive director of the Indianola YMCA, said pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in retirement communities and the YMCA lucked into some equipment, so it might as well get used.
He explained Indianola Parks and Recreation used to offer pickleball sessions in local elementary school gyms, but eventually ran out of time and space to continue the sessions and donated the equipment to the YMCA.
Now, Kruthoff said, pickleball is offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. in the gym.
He also said if a large group is looking to play during other hours and there is space in the gym, the net could be set up.
Even though the sport is currently attracting older players, Olson said anyone between the ages of about 10 to 90 can play.
"We set it up on Wednesday morning and Sunday afternoon to make sure both working and retired people have a chance to play," Olson said. "It's a good lifetime sport as opposed to football or basketball."
The two free clinics, Wednesday, July 15, at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 19, at 3 p.m. will be hosted by Olson and Steve Stone, regional coordinator for Pickleball Iowa.
For regular play, the pickleball program is free to members and non-members can purchase weekly passes for $10.
Non-members can also be invited as a guest by a YMCA member.