Chartiers Valley holding pickleball tournament
There will be a pickleball tournament next month at Charters Valley High School both current students and alumni that will provide bragging rights for the winning duo.
The doubles tournament will be held on Dec. 20 and is sponsored by the boys tennis team. Entry fee for the tournament is $10 per team.
“Two senior tennis players, Josh Rosato and Nick Calla, had the idea of a pickleball tournament,” Charters Valley tennis coach Diane Daeschner said. “Since the Chartiers Valley intramural program already hosts pickleball tournaments in the winter for free, we felt that we needed some sort of catch. Another senior player, Kevin Rectenwald. had the idea of opening it up to CV alum as well as current students.”
The proceeds will go into helping the boys tennis team for their costs for clothing and its end of the season banquet.
Pickleball was first played in the 1960s in the western United States and has since spread across the country. Pickleball and tennis feature several similarities – both games use a racquet on a court with a net. Both sports use serves, groundstrokes, volleys and overheads.
But there are many differences. The sports use a different scoring system and pickleball has a volley line that players cannot step over while tennis players have free range of the court.
And while the courts are similar, a pickleball court is smaller in size.
But the differences don’t stop Daeschner from being able to use the sports as a way to scout potential players for the tennis teams.
“Since I am the tennis coach and a (physical education) teacher at the high school, I often do my tennis recruiting by watching the students play pickleball,” she said.
Pickleball is a popular sport within Charters Valley as it is a regular activity in gym classes.
“The game is fun and intense and a great exercise,” Daeschner said. “Students are competitive in P.E. classes and will often come into a class during their lunch or study hall. They look forward to the tournaments that usually take place on Sundays in January and February. I think if you were to ask any student why they like picklball, they will just tell you that it is fun.”
To register for the tournament, contact Daeschner at [email protected].
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or 412-388-5813.