WESTFIELD, NJ — The sport is a mix of tennis, badminton and ping pong, and following the lining of all the tennis courts at Tamaques Park for pickleball play, the Recreation Department is offering clinics for those wishing to play.

The Westfield Recreation Department will offer pickleball clinics starting Wednesdays, Oct. 9 – Nov. 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The fee is $60 per person. Pickleball players are asked to bring a pickleball paddle and water, the recreation department announcement said. 

Players can register to play pickleball and for other Recreation Department programs here on the Westfield Recreation Department’s website.

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Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States, according to the USA Pickleball Association. In New Jersey, the sport has made headlines in Berkeley HeightsLivingston and Cedar Grove, among other places.

How the sport got its name depends on which lore you believe, according to the USA Pickleball Association, and it has nothing to do with pickles.

One founder claims it is named after one of a family dog, named Pickles, who was prone to chasing balls, the USAPA says.

Another founder says his wife began calling the game pickleball because it reminded her of the “pickle boat” in the sport of rowing. The pickle boat is comprised of mismatched rowers who have lost in prior races.

Since pickleball is a mix of several sports, the mismatch nomenclature fits, according to the USAPA.

To register, for the Wednesday clinics, visit secure.rec1.com/NJ/westfield-nj/catalog.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh