Local Volunteers Introduce Pickleball to Students
On September 22 a group of pickleball enthusiasts from the Treasure
Valley met at Homedale Middle School to share the sport and pre-run the curriculum lesson plan with PE students.
Three classes were engaged in pickleball instruction under the supervision of PE teachers Mrs. Brenda Reay and Mr. David Correa. Five volunteer pickleball coaches arrived at 6:30 am to set up nets and mark courts with temporary tape. Students received instruction in scoring, the serve, return of serve and the dink.
Pickleball is the nation’s fastest growing sport. Introducing new players to the game is a goal of the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA). The five volunteers hope to encourage the Idaho State Department of Education and PE teachers state wide to build pickleball into the curriculum.
There is a growth opportunity for Pickleball in Homedale as the students had a good time learning the new sport. PE teachers reported the afternoon PE students who missed the morning instruction want the coaches to return so they can enjoy the same fun.
A group of Pickleball enthusiasts from the Treasure Valley are scheduled to present the game of Pickleball to Idaho Physical Education Teachers at the Shape Idaho Conference to be held October 6th and 7th at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Meridian.