It turns out that you can find yourself in a real “pickle” in Albion.
A pickleball game that is.
Although many may not have heard of pickleball yet – or, if they have, know little about it – it is touted as one of the fastest growing games. fast in the country.
Area residents of all ages and abilities can have fun at the Albion Sports Complex. When new tennis and basketball courts were built, the city added a pickleball court adjacent to the tennis courts. So if you thought the little court was just for, say, kid or midget tennis, it has its own unique purpose.
Turns out pickleball has been around for a while. The game was created in 1965 in a house on Bainbridge Island (near Seattle) by three families sitting around doing nothing. The property had an old badminton court, but no equipment, so they improvised and started playing with ping pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball (wiffle ball). Initially, they set the net at badminton height (60 inches) and flew over the net. Throughout the weekend, they found the ball bouncing well on the asphalt surface and quickly set the net at 36 inches. Shortly after that weekend, the men created the rules, leaning heavily on badminton and keeping in mind the original goal of providing a game the whole family could play together.
Pickleball evolved from there.

More details and rules of the game in the print and online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune