Pandemic prompts some San Diegans to pick up pickleball

Posted at 3:04 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 20:00:45-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — While the Friday night lights of high school football are dimmed for the time being, the same cannot be said for the pickleball courts in Del Cerro.

"There is nothing better than to play pickleball on a Friday night," says avid player Deanna McDonald.

Some players decided to pick up the game after the pandemic hit, and found it to be so much fun. And while some sports and other physical activities have been limited, or put on hold due to COVID-19, pickleball has become a great alternative.

"When my gym closed, I was looking for something to do besides just walking around my neighborhood a few times, and get some exercise," says pickleball newcomer Noli Zosa.

As for player Joe Arnold, he can't get enough pickleball.

"I suffer from what is called pickleball addictive disorder, and it really helps that a lot," Arnold joked.

Prior to the pandemic, pickleball was exploding in popularity. From the young to the old, it's a sport that can be played at any age.

"The people who play are so nice, and you'll hear a lot of laughter in all the games," says Zosa.

Now, when it comes to playing pickleball, there are no actual COVID rules, but these players do their best to keep the game as safe as possible.

"We sanitize the ball, and try to keep our social distance after each game. We just try to be smart."