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Rochester group plays unique sport: Pickleball

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Now that the weather in southeastern Minnesota turned more summer-like again, many are looking for ways to get out and enjoy it with something new and exciting.

Well, how about a little pickleball?

That's right, pickleball. It's a sport played by a group of older men and women, Monday through Friday at Cooke Park in Rochester.

Pickleball is described as a cross between tennis and ping pong, played with special rackets and a wiffle ball on a badminton-sized court.

The rules of the game are similar to tennis, but the ball must bounce once on each side before volleys are allowed.

The lower net makes the sport easier for older players, like the group that gathers at Cooke park.

"It's a game that you get addicted to almost right away because of the enthusiasm and exercise that we get when we play and the fellowship and competitiveness," one player said.

The group will be hosting free pickleball clinics in September on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Rochester Rec Center. In October, they'll be playing their weekly games at the Rec Center, as well, instead of the current Cooke Park location.

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