Pickleball and sheaf toss two new sports in Heritage Fest lineup

Two sports new to the Spring Lake Heritage Festival lineup were introduced to participants in Central Park Saturday morning. Around 40 people gathered at the tennis courts in Central Park for an of Pickleball, said Jimmy O'Hearn, who gave the demonstration. Some stayed and played a few rounds of the game while, in the baseball diamond nearby, a group of people clad in kilts played an entirely different sport - the sheaf throw.
Jordan Travis
Jun 20, 2011


Pickleball, O’Hearn said, is the combination of badminton, ping pong and tennis, O’Hearn said. The game is played with wooden or graphite paddles inside a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to the height of a tennis court. A perforated plastic ball is used, and the rules are similar to tennis.

The game was created in 1965 by a man in the state of Washington who named it after his dog, Pickles, O’Hearn said.

“It’s the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., particularly among seniors,” he said. “You know, the knees are going, the hips are going, and they can still play an organized sport.”

Nearby, a group of six men and one woman gathered under what looked like an upright for a pole vaulter. All seven held pitchforks, and were getting ready to heave a 16-pound sack over a crossbar. This is the essence of the sheaf toss, explained Jerry Bowersox, who organized the event. The competition is one event in the Highland Games competition, a series of traditional Scottish sports.

Read more of this story in Monday's edition of the Tribune.



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