There is a new craze sweeping Lyons, but unless you are an early riser, and part of your morning ritual involves strolling through Bohn Park, you probably aren’t aware of it. It’s called Pickle Ball, and it is sort of a cross between tennis and ping-pong. You use a special Pickle Ball paddle (which
looks like a paddle ball paddle), a wiffle ball, a net, and it is played on a smaller (about one third the size) version of a tennis court. You can only score when you are serving, the game is to 11, and you must win by two. You serve underhanded, you can play singles or doubles, and it seems to be more fun than a barrel of pickles!
The Lyons Area Pickle Ball Association (LAPBA) is a loosely formed group of eight or nine enthusiastic regulars who gather every Tuesday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday mornings at 8 a.m. (now that the mornings are a little brisker, they may start at 9 a.m.) with their coffee, camp chairs, net, paddles, and balls for a few lively games. The action is spirited, but the games are all in good fun. The focus is on exercise and camaraderie. Ellen Dyer (Meadow Park Host) is the driving force behind the group, and she welcomes anyone in the area to come on down and enjoy a game. No prior experience is necessary, and the group is happy to show beginners the ropes.