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Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America
Pickleball is a paddle sport with combined elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, and played on a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle that is similar to table tennis and usually made up of graphite or composite. The ball is comparable to a Wiffle ball.
The game can be played in either singles’ or doubles’ matches.
Pickleball grew in 2020 to 4.2 million players in the US, an incredible growth rate of 21.3% from 2019 per the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s (SFIA) 2020 Pickleball Participant Report, released in Feb. 2021.
Pickleball is for everyone, and it’s a great family sport, too. “Anyone can play, from eight-year olds up to 100-year olds,” “It’s great for hand-eye coordination for younger kids.”
Since pickleball moves at a slower pace than tennis, it’s easier on the joints while also improving balance, coordination and agility. This makes it a wonderful choice for those who have had injuries in the past, or former tennis players looking for a gentler alternative.
For new players, the basics of the sport are easy to learn. Typically, one session of three or four games is all that it takes.
Playing pickleball can boost your mood and overall mental health, you burn calories, and fewer injuries occur due to the low impact nature of the game. Pickleball specifically works on your balance and agility while it also offers the same benefits of other regular exercise. These include reducing your risk of heart attack and chronic disease, toning your muscles and increasing your energy.
Most of all, pickleball is a social sport where you will create friendship anywhere you play.
Join us! We play every Friday at 7 pm
OTK offers activity camps for children in June, July and August between 09:00 and 17:00 every day. In addition, we offer adult camps Monday – Thursday 17:00-18:30 or 18:30-20:00 the same weeks. More information and registration form can be found under “Camps “.
NB! no regular courses these weeks!
- Oslo Kommune has eased some of the restrictions
Who can play?
- all club members can book courts and play
- all course participants (adults and kids) can play
- you can be up to 4 players in a private lesson
- No one with symptoms of Covid-19 infection, including fever, respiratory symptoms, or other symptoms that may indicate Covid-19 infection, may play or stay at facilities associated with OTK until clarified by a doctor no Covid-19 infection
- No person with a previously proven Covid-19 infection can play or stay at facilities associated with OTK before being cleared by a doctor
- No persons with imposed home isolation or quarantine may play or stay at facilities associated with OTK until the period has expired
- Normal infection control rules apply with no physical contact (always applies and also outside OTK’s facility), frequent hand washing and 1-meter distance (except inside the household
Playing on the courts:
- All courses, private lessons, subscription lessons, team training and regular course bookings must end games 5 minutes before full time. Balls are picked up, and you should be out of the court before the full hour On court 1 and 2 you must set aside enough time to brush the court, clear the lines and water the courts
- Everyone who enters the court – regardless of activity – must wait until a full hour to enter
- It is possible to wait upstairs in the fireplace room in the clubhouse if you arrive early
Over the past year, there have been small drops of information from the club to the members about a permit received here, a complaint there, and a positive decision here. After 8 years of work, we have finally come so far that we can clearly say: Now we will build a tennis hall!
Construction of the tennis hall
- OTK received a permit this summer, and in September the County Governor rejected complaints about the permit. The county governor’s decision is final. In a short time
- OTK will start on phase 1 of an interaction contract with the construction company Bundebygg. The goal of this phase is to design the tennis hall in detail and agree on a target price for the hall. The project will then apply for a start-up permit
- The schedule for the demolition and construction start will be ready during the spring. Without making hasty promises, we assume the start of demolition sometime in the second or third quarter of 2021
- It is expected that the construction period will be 15-18 months
Construction of houses on courts 11 and 12
- The 2017 annual meeting decided to sell these two courts plus some additional area (a total of approx. 3.3) to finance the new tennis hall
- Oslo Municipality unanimously adopted a zoning plan for the site that allows a somewhat higher utilization rate than the original zoning
- We have been through a lawsuit and an expropriation process with the County Governor and the Ministry of Local Government. Now the expropriation of the easement is final, and the buyer of the property can now build according to the zoning plan. Oslo District Court will decide how much OTK must pay in compensation to those who lose the right to sue the easement
- This – in addition to public funds – means that the tennis hall is fully financed
Courses and bookings during the construction period
- We are working on different options, and expect to get back to members with more information in the first quarter of 2021