Pickleball gets big dill in central Ohio

As the popularity of pickleball continues to grow in the United States, the demand for dedicated courts is also increasing. For Delawareans interested in the sport, Dave Ganim is here to help create the Pickle Shack.

Located at 3218 U.S. Route 42 S., the Pickle Shack contains six indoor courts that are temperature controlled and feature playing surfaces with cushion court technology. Ganim intends to build four additional indoor courts, as well as 10 outdoor courts, by next spring for an eventual total of 20 courts at the site.

The Pickle Shack, which is expected to open to the public within the next 30 days, will be accessible 24 hours a day, allowing players to enjoy the courts any time of the day or night. When booking a court online, players will receive an access code which will unlock a door to the courts.

Memberships are not required to access the courts, although they are offered. Players who wish to use the courts in individual sessions can do so through the pay-to-play model.

Ganim intends to hold leagues, camps, lessons, tournaments and private events at the Pickle Shack. Inside the establishment, there is a professional shop, and Ganim said he is currently working on the process of obtaining a liquor license for a bar. Light meals will also be served.

“It will be a huge coup for Delaware. Delaware has a huge contingency of pickleball players,” Ganim told The Gazette. “It’s huge and it’s growing day by day. That’s what racquetball was like in the 1980s. I’ve traveled all over the place playing competitive racquetball, so I’ve seen it all before. (Pickleball) is going to be even bigger than racquetball was.

The Pickle Shack is set to be unveiled this Saturday when it hosts the second annual “The Rumble,” a statewide pickleball tournament created by Ganim just over a year ago to showcase the best state players. The Rumble features the top teams from Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus competing for the Rumble Cup. The inaugural tournament was held in Cleveland and was won convincingly by the Columbus team, Ganim said.

“The whole point of this is to make the state better,” Ganim said of the event.

Spectators are invited to watch the tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pickle Shack.

Ganim’s hope is that with Central Ohio already serving as a home for pickleball, its Delaware courts can become a hub for the growing sport in the region. Ganim estimates that there have already been eight national title winners from central Ohio and that number could increase in the coming years. “We’ve got some crazy good pickleball in central Ohio,” he said.

For more information on the Pickle Shack, visit app.courtreserve.com/Online/Portal/Index/7878 or the Pickle Shack Facebook group page.

The Pickle Shack is located at 3218 US Route 42 S. in Delaware.

Contact Dillon Davis at 740-413-0904. Follow him on Twitter @DillonDavis56.

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