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Members of the Ruidoso Pickleball Club have been active in the Ruidoso area and other parts of Lincoln County for nearly a decade.
The club is active all year and its membership is growing. Pickleball is a game that can be enjoyed by both young and old, said club spokesman Alison Baker.
The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Pickleball is played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court using a slightly modified tennis net.
Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes and played as
doubles or singles.
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Many of the local RPC players travel in and out of New Mexico to compete in tournaments with players from all parts of the country.
The RPC players always are building their skill set and they have a reputation of being excellent competitors. They often bring home medals from their competitions.
The RPC hosts one or two sanctioned tournaments each summer, attracting up to 150 players at each event. Many of the players who come to Ruidoso to play, travel from Arizona and Texas to beat the summer heat. At our June, 2018 tournament, there were players from nine states.
Currently, PRC members play at White Mountain Recreation Complex and at Horton Gym. They welcome new players of all ages.
The club also is building a fund to help offset the cost of creating dedicated courts for pickleball.
Contact Baker at 609-468-1950 or Sherry Anderson at 512-921-5406 for more information, or go to https://www.places2play.org/place?id=3102.