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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
We will restart the adult courses again on Monday May the 3rd – with a few exceptions. Some of the morning groups are reduced to 1 participant, and will be cancelled or the participant will be moved. We will revert to those in questions tomorrow. Those that practiced 21-22 will start Monday the 10th of May. We will revert to those that practiced 22-23.
We will invoice the course fee for the period May 3 (or May 10) – June 20 towards the end of June. We will also consider the lessons lost during the Autumn 2020 when we invoice.
Since all lessons are outdoors we do run the risk of losing lessons due to rain. We will inform about cancelled lessons via sms. The courses will run on courts 4, 6 and 8.
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!
OTK offers an additional 10-week spring course for all levels of play. We offer time slots for red, orange, green, yellow ball players and adults at different times throughout the week. It’s possible to play once or more times a week or as an additional hour for those who have been already participating in our regular courses. Prices depends on the age, membership and how many times per week you want to play.
We invite you to a minicamp on the outdoor courts in the easter holiday (March 29-31) unless new corona restrictions make it impossible. The camp is for players born between 2002 and 2014. You can sign up for 3 days.
Red practice between 09:00 and 10:30, 1,5 hours every day. Price 675,-
Orange/Green/Yellow practice between 09:00 and 13:00, 2 hours every day. The camp will be split into orange, green and yellow groups. The time for each player will be decided Friday 26 March.
The final decision whether there will be a camp or not (depending on number of registrations) will be made on Friday the 26th at 4 pm
New rules after an outbreak of the mutated virus in Nordre Follo
All indoor activities are cancelled until January 31. The plastic dome is closed.
All members can book courts outdoors. We will keep courts 4, 6, 8 and 9 open for play as long as we manage to keep the snow at bay.
All infection protection rules shall be adhered to. Players shall stop playing 5 minutes before the full hour and be out of the court before the full hour. Players shall not enter the court until the full hour.
OTK arranges minicamp for red, orange and green groups from Monday 21/12 to Wednesday 23/12.
Red and Orange 09:00-10:30 and Green 10:30-12:00. The price per player is 750, -.
Registration is via Matchi under activities – remember to use your child’s Matchi account. Send an e-mail to OTK with the child’s name if you do not remember which e-mail you used in the child’s account. Registration deadline is Thursday 17/12 at 16:00
Important! Only for children born in 2008 and later!
- 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