Well, here's a sport I have never tried, how about you? It's relatively new (1960s) and seems to be gaining a lot of momentum.

Whether you're a novice or a pickled pro, Missoula Parks and Recreation has lots of pickleball opportunities available. Things just started up May 10 and will run through October 7.

Top-of-the-trees for those who may not know: Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball, much like a wiffle ball, over a net. The area of play is the same as the dimensions and layout of a badminton court. The net and rules are somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Hope that helps.

You're invited to join your pickleball pals on the outdoor courts at Fort Missoula Regional Park for open play pickleball. Players of any skill level can get in on the fun. Sessions are from 8am-10am on Tuesday & Thursday mornings. You can also play Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm - 8pm (Wednesdays when league play is not in session, that is)  and Saturdays 10am - 12pm. 

Paddles & balls provided, $3 per session (cash or check). There are also monthly passes for $25 and season passes for just $77.

Open play. Learn to play. Ranked play. Doubles play. Missoula Parks and Rec is doing their best to make everyone feel like they can be a part of this. And even if you've never played, if you've played any tennis, ping pong or badminton, you probably have a decent foundation to get started.

Parks and Rec has a full page dedicated to pickleball. Just about any information you could possibly need is located here.

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