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The Frankenstein's monster sport of pickleball is taking over the country. A hybrid of table tennis, wiffle ball and regular tennis, Fayetteville has a growing scene for the sport.

I’m really late to the party on this one, but it seems everybody is into this thing called pickleball!

Even some major sports stars, like – Tom Brady, LeBron James, and many more that are investing in the sport. Country stars like Dierks Bentley and Jimmie Allen are playing in televised tournaments.

Yes, we have a bigtime sport here, as there’s even a pro league with 12 teams. We have a coworker here who plays it all the time in Fayetteville, and loves it.

I think it sounds simple you play with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Played as doubles or singles. It’s basically like if table tennis, wiffle ball and regular tennis had a baby.

The cool thing is, it’s great for any age! It’s about time for me to jump right in and play.

You can play for free at these locations around Fayetteville: Myers Recreation Center, Massey Hill Recreation Center, Eastover Ballpark, and others. There’s a North Carolina Pickleball group on Facebook that you can join for more information as well. You can also download the TeamReach app on your phone and there are a couple local pickleball groups on there too.

If you need a little more of the basics, here’s all the info on getting started with pickleball.