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Pickleball becoming a popular pick in Salem

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Six days a week, the courts at the Salem CenterPlex are packed with pickle-ballers; dozens of them hooked on a game with a funny name.

"I think people think, 'Oh Pickleball, you know. That's kind of a dumb name.' But actually it's just so much fun and it's harder than people think," said Nancy Cuffle from Poland.

Basically, if tennis and ping pong had a baby it would look something like this.  It's a sport that has dozens of players hooked in Salem, playing two and a half hours a day, six days a week at the Salem Centerplex.

"It's the fastest growing sport in the U.S.," said Alissa Stout from Berlin Center.

It's also an activity that's helped dozens of people, especially seniors, stay active and a half a little fun in the process.

"You need exercise. If you're sitting on the couch you're not getting any," said Archie Crum.

"My husband and I were looking for an activity, something to do that we both could do together," said Chris Sicilia.

"In one year, I went from having osteoporosis to osteopenia, so I figure in another year I'll be even lower than that," said Cuffle. "It's just so good for you."

Good for the soul too. Teams are random. It's the next four up by luck of the paddle draw, so pretty quickly you get to know everyone.

"You put your paddles in a rack and then they just go by the next four, you're up. The next four, you go. You sit in a seat when you're on deck, so that way when they say 'four' you know to go to that court," said Stout.

They have four courts at the facility, one after another and every single day they're packed with people. Not just seniors, either; everyone from their mid-30s to their mid-80s.

"We have people 85-years-old playing," said Dick Paulini, an employee at the Centerplex. "You get the 85-year-olds playing against the 35-year-olds and they stay with them."

You don't need a tennis or racquetball background to do it, either. They're teaching newbies all the time.

"I did play tennis in my younger years, but if you don't know anything it's very easy and there's always someone here that will help you learn," said Sicilia.

They all say it's easy to pick up the basics. If you want to give it a whirl, they play every day except Saturday, from 9:00 am-11:30 am at the Salem CenterPlex.

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