When Nancy and David Jordan retired from their teaching jobs, they sold their house and started calling their RV home.
David told Nancy he wanted to tour New England and see the fall colors. They stopped at a small town in Vermont and saw people playing a strange game they’d never seen before. Curious, David left the RV, watched the game, introduced himself and asked what game they were playing.
Pickle ball is a game played on a hard surface court about the size of a badminton court. It’s played with solid paddles much like racquetball paddles, and a ball similar to a wiffle ball. The scoring is somewhat like table tennis with its own set of rules that are peculiar to the game.
Nancy and David became pickle ball converts. They are now board members of the USA Pickle Ball Association (USAPBA), and spend a good deal of their time RVing to pickle ball tournaments.
Nancy says she did no organized sports before discovering pickle ball. She loves it, and credits it for keeping her in shape, something she says would not have happened if not for the game.
Pickle ball is a demonstration sport at the Summer National Senior Games. Nancy and David are representing USAPBA at the games, hoping it will become a sanctioned sport when the Games convene in Cleveland.