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Olympic Valley medalist to defend national pickleball title

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Olympic Valley will be represented by 2009 senior menand#8217;s doubles 75-79 silver medalist John Sproehnle in the 2010 USAPA National Pickleball Tournament in Buckeye, Ariz. with play Nov.1-7.

More than 350 pickleball players will participatein this yearand#8217;s National Pickleball Tournament from 31 states and provinces. Events include singles, doubles and mixed doubles in open, senior, adult, young adult and junior divisions.

Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball and wood or composite paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. It can be played indoors or outdoors, is easy for beginners to learn and#8211; but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. The game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature.

Pickleball is played by all ages. It is a popular sport in schools and senior centers. The smaller court size and inter-generational appeal makes it perfect for backyard courts. It has great health and fitness benefits for all. It is also becoming popular with persons with disabilities.

More information about the USAPA can be found in the media center at http://www.USAPA.org.

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