Does Snowboarding Have A Future?

For many months of the year, much of the United States is covered in a blanket of snow and freezing cold temperatures. Many people choose to stay inside where it is warm and then there are the extremists that love to go out into the freezing temperatures and ride on snowboards.

Snowboarding has become so popular for a number of reasons. The sport has grown so dramatically in the recent past mainly due to the Olympics. Snowboarding has had a huge draw of spectators and people simple revel in the thought of being able to do anything that those athletes do.

Many people enjoy the sport because it truly is challenging to be really great at it but it is also simple enough that most people can at least enjoy themselves when they are out on the board.

The other significant impact on snowboarding has been the push for people to improve their physical well-being. Snowboarding requires a huge amount of cardiovascular exercise so it is a great way to get the people in the snow belts of America off the couch and exercising. The whole persona of snowboarding truly draws people into the sport as well. The sport has a great following, especially with the teenage and young adult populations, and that is the key market to make something successful.

Snowboarding will definitely remain popular for a long time to come. It is a great way for families to get together and share a common experience and it is also more likely that some children will go snowboarding down the hills in their backyards rather than trying to ski the hills.

The sport itself is not that expensive and all you really need is the board itself, and some warm winter clothes and boots. The popularity is going to continue to grow as the market continues to look for new ways to get people involved in the sport. People love the thrill that they get from snowboarding and it really only takes one good ride to make a person fall in love with the sport. Snowboarding is practical for most people, it is relatively inexpensive, and you can do it just about anywhere that you have a hill. These are three big advantages that snowboarding has over skiing and other winter sports.

When the sun shines for fewer hours each day it will be time to strap on the boots and head to the hills for a snowboarding experience.

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Ski Bulgaria – The Alps Of The East

Bulgaria may not have the ski pedigree enjoyed by traditional Alpine destinations such as France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy; but this Eastern European country is fast becoming a favourite with British skiers and snowboarders looking for a change from the stereotypical ski resorts.

So what’s so great about skiing in Bulgaria, a country that was never previously known for its slopes? Well, perhaps the biggest advantage of Bulgaria over ski resorts in Western Europe is the price. Bulgaria offers a ski or snowboarding trip that is much cheaper than France, Austria or Switzerland. Indeed, it’s quite possible to find deals including flights, accommodation and transfers for under £250 – a bargain which contradicts the image of winter sports being a prohibitively expensive sport.

But Bulgaria’s excellent value does not mean it is a low quality destination. Bulgarian ski resorts have undergone massive modification and expansion over the last decade and Bansko – Bulgaria’s premier ski resort – has one of the most high tech lift systems in Europe; enough to rival systems in traditional favourites such as St Moritz. This isn’t surprising seeing as 130m Euros have been sunk into Bansko, which has also funded a new village development at the foot of the mountain, including luxury hotels and apartments.

As an emerging ski destination, another advantage of Bankso for the winter sports fan is that, as well as having some of the best snow of all Bulgaria’s ski resorts, its slopes are yet to get clogged with skiers and snowboarders who crowd in on the more traditional ski resorts of Western Europe; and the slopes themselves provide plenty of variation with tree runs, open bowls, and every chance of fresh powder.

Borovets, although a smaller ski resort in Bulgaria offers 18 lifts, 17 runs and a skiing area of 2693 acres. It’s the oldest winter resort in Bulgaria with a history that dates back to 1896, and is situated on the eastern part of the Rila mountain range. The ski resort has twice hosted the world cup competitions in alpine skiing, and has one of the best biathlon tracks in Europe. Offering night skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumps and snowmobiling, there’s no shortage of winter activities in Borovets.

Pamporovo is the third of Bulgaria’s best known ski resorts and boasts being Bulgaria’s most sunny ski resort, offering about 120 sunny days during the ski period. The mountain has gentle slopes and rounded summits which make it a favourite for beginners and family groups.

With numerous options for cheap flights to Bulgaria, and plenty of tour operators offering great value package dealss, Bulgaria continues to grow its slice of the British winter sport market.

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Snowshoeing May Become Your New Favorite Winter Activity

Lots of people love to ski or snowboard in the winter. After all, gliding down a mountain can be great fun. But not everybody can do it.

First of all, you need a certain level of coordination, skill and some training to be able to downhill ski or snowboard. Second, you have to buy or rent all of the necessary gear (and there can be a lot of it). And third, you generally have to travel quite a distance to a mountain and a ski area where you can actually participate.

Maybe that’s why the fastest growing winter sport is snowshoeing. Unlike skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing does not require tremendous coordination, physical ability or equipment, plus a person can snowshoe almost anywhere there is enough snow.

Most people can get the hang of snowshoes the first time they try them. To get a picture of what snowshoes are like, imagine having weights on your feet while you walk or walking along the beach with swim fins on. It is a similar sensation.

Learning is easy, but you will quickly find out that walking around with your snowshoes on is a great workout. You will get warm fast even on the coldest afternoon. You will get a good cardio workout and your legs will be sore the next day.

Snowshoes are wide and they take the user’s weight and spread that weight over the entire surface of the shoe. By spreading the weight out over a larger portion of the snow, they allow the user to stay on top of the snow versus sinking into it.

At first glance snowshoes look similar, but they do vary quite a bit based upon the manufacturer’s style and what the snowshoe is made for. Even though all snowshoes are built to walk on the snow, they will vary based upon the user’s weight, what kind of snow the user will be in and what activities the user wants to perform while wearing them.

Almost all snowshoes will work with any kind of boot or shoe. A few specialty models will require a unique boot, but most will accommodate whatever you have. That being said, you are going to be out in the snow in the winter months, so you need the best insulated boots you can find. The workout will keep your upper body warm, but you need your boots to keep your toes warm.

Although you don’t really need anything else to start snowshoeing, you may want to get some trekking poles and a carrying bag. The poles will help you balance on slopes and uneven terrain and will help you get out of the snow when you occasionally sink in a bit. They also give your arms something to do and you can use them to poke at things you find along the trail.

Your bag will carry your shoes when you’re not using them. Your snowshoes are bulky and they are usually wet and hard to carry, plus you need someplace to store them during the warmer months, so getting a bag is a good choice. Many online retailers will have package deals that will include a bag and maybe some poles.

Finally, know you’re personal limits and remember to be safe. Don’t just drive to the nearest national park and start trekking off into the wilderness by yourself. Snowshoe with other people. Make sure somebody knows where you are going and when you should be coming back. Bring lots of water with you along with some high energy snacks. A brisk hike can take a lot of energy out of a person.

Enjoy yourself, but be sensible.

There are several great snow sport activities to do this winter, but be sure to try out snowshoeing.

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Olympic Hockey – The Early Years Trivia

Disguised as winter sport event, the first World Championship games were a demonstration event at the 1920 Summer Olympic Games. One stipulation was that, if hockey was played, figure skating had to be included. Sweden blanked the host Belgium team 8 – 0 April 23, 1920 in Antwerp in game #1. Bill Hewitt refereed the first hockey game. Kristmundur “Chris” Fridfinnson scored the goal that gave Canada its first Olympic Gold medal. Einar Svenson scored the first goal against Canada in Olympic competition. Nursing a 3 – 0 lead, Svenson scored for the Swedes at 15:58 of the first half. It should be noted that the first Olympic hockey games were divided into 2 – 20 minute halves.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – United States… Bronze – Czechoslovakia

1924: The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the First Olympic Winter Games, were held in Chamonix, France. Originally called Semaine des Sports d’Hiver “International Winter Sports Week” and held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, the sports competitions held at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, Haute-Savoie between January 25th and February 5th. Harry Watson played 5 games and scored a hat trick in each contest. Off to a fast start, Harry scored totals 11, 13 and 6 goals – 3 games in three days. After a day off, Watson scored hat tricks against Great Britain and the U.S.A. in medal competition. Still a scoring total record…36 goals for the tournament. Canada divided 17 hat tricks amongst 4 players. After representing the U.S.A. in the 1924 Olympic Games, Al “Frenchy” Lacroix became George Vezina’s backup with the Canadiens. Lacroix relieved Vezina during the 1925 – 26 season. Alphonse Albert Lacroix hailed from Newton, Massachusetts.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – United States… Bronze – Great Britain

1928: At the 1928 Olympics, the Canadian Gold Medal winners completely “shutout” the opposition. Represented by the U. of Toronto Grads, Canada blanked the European opposition three straight. Because of their well known superiority, Canada was given an automatic “bye” into the medal round. They claimed Gold by blanking Sweden 11 – 0, Great Britain 14 – 0 and Switzerland 13 – 0. Dr. Joe Sullivan recorded the shutouts in games #1 and #3. “Stuffy” Mueller blanked Great Britain. Future Montreal Maroons teammates Hugh Plaxton and Dave Trottier led the Canadian scoring with 12 goals each. Despite not being behind the bench, Conn Smythe was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1928 Olympics. Two of Canada’s players, Hugh Plaxton and Joe Sullivan, lobbied to get their relatives on the 1928 Olympic team. Smythe did not agree. Frank Sullivan, Roger and Bert Plaxton were added. The players won the dispute. They went for the Gold. Conn Smythe stayed home. Manager Bill Hewitt was left in charge of the Canadian squad.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – Sweden… Bronze – Switzerland

1932: The rules regarding the amateur status of players competing at Olympic tournaments were very strict. Once again the U.S. Olympic Committee bent the rules of amateur vs. professional in 1932. Before the Lake Placid games the U.S. team played the Boston Bruins. The U.S. Olympic team received the receipts from the game. The Americans claimed that they could not afford to travel to the games if they did not accept the revenue. The Canadians declined to file a protest. The opening face-off of the 1932 Olympic matchup Canada vs. U.S. was delayed. Prior to the action, U.S. goaltender Frank Farrell had his goalie pads strapped so tightly that they were within the legal width. When the goalie’s knees were together the pads could not be wider than 20 inches. The two referee system was accepted. Only two men officiated all contests…Canada’s Lou Marsh and Don Sands from the United States. The tournament was a double round-robin series. The teams played 3 – 15 minute periods.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – United States… Bronze – Germany

1936: The Port Arthur Bearcats were chosen as Canada’s representatives in the 1936 Olympic Games by default. The usual procedure was that the previous years Allan Cup champions would be Canada’s team of choice. However the 1935 Halifax Wolverines lost most of their top players after their Allan Cup victory. Impossible to assemble a competitive team, the Olympic committee chose the runner-up Bearcats. Canada’s Olympic streak reached 20 before suffering their first defeat. Following 3 wins in Group “A”, the Canadian squad were upended by Great Britain 2 – 1. February 10, 1936 – Chirp Brenchley scored the winner at 13:48 of the third period. Carl Erhardt was the oldest player to win an Olympic Gold medal for hockey. Born February 15, 1897, Erhardt was captain of the 1936 Olympic champions. Carl was 39 years of age at the time.

MEDALS: GOLD – GREAT BRITAIN… Silver – Canada… Bronze – United States

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Skiing in Paltinis

More and more tourists choose Austria when it comes to ski holidays. But if we want to ski in Romania, what options do we have?

The Paltinis ski slide, also known as the Oncesti slide, is situated in the northwestern part of the Cindrel Mountains, on the Oncesti massif, in Paltinis, one of the most popular mountainside cities from the Meridional Carpatian chain.

The tradition of this slide is old, mainly because Paltinis is the first touristical ski town in Romania.

The slide, but also the city of Paltinis, are strong related to Sibiu, the cultural capital of Romania, through a modern highway that also strikes the gorgeous land of Marginimea Sibiului.

Because of the over 1450m altitude, the slide has a montane climate defined by low temperatures and abundant snow which make numerous winter sports possible, including skiing.

Because the snow batch is very resistant, it lasts from December till April, Paltinis stays the number one choice for most of the winter sports lovers.

The Oncesti ski slide 1 is perfect both for the experienced athletes and the beginners, having an intermediate level of difficulty and being equipped with a cable transport installation with ski lift and baby lift. It is 1052 m long and also has a nocturnal installation.

Another destination all the winter sports lovers prefer is the Ski and Snowboard Resort Arena Platos, a big touristic resort situated in Poiana Poplacii, between Sibiu and Paltinis.

How do we get there?

Ski and Snowboard Resort Arena Platos is situated on DJ 106 A, which links Sibiu with Paltinis. It is on the left side of the road, on your way to Paltinis, from Sibiu, in Poiana Poplacii. If you are not driving your way there, you should know you have buses and mini vans that can take you there, on a route from Sibiu to Paltinis.

Where do we check-in?

There are many accommodation centers, hostels and hotels in Paltinis, situated very close to the slide. With a little research done you can definitely find the perfect place for you and your family or friends. When we say perfect, we mean excellent food, comfort and a warm welcoming.

What are the conditions for skiing?

The resort has five slides, four of them having lengths between 600 and 700 m and one being for children and beginners, with a length of 250m. For the cable transport you have four ski lifts.

The slides have efficient long length installation, with a capacity of over 1200 people per hour. All the slides have nocturnes and a water basin, specially built for supplementing the artificial snow cannons. There is also a slide for the little sleighs and a Fun Park for the pro riders.


For the adults, the prices differ depending on the time of the day they want to ski. For the children that are under 6 and are accompanied by their parents, everything is free. Groups of minimum 10 people get a 10% discount.

All of these being said, start packing your luggage (don’t forget your ski boots), call your friends and drive up together to a ski adventure in Paltinis!

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Why Has Snowboarding Become So Popular?

When Sherman Poppen decided to tie a couple of skis together back in 1965, he must have had little idea that he was about to start an incredibly popular sport. Despite its relatively short history, snowboarding has become one of the leading winter sports in the world.

This seems particularly hard to imagine when we think back to the way that it was seen as a poor relation to skiing. Ski enthusiasts felt that they commanded the slopes. There didn’t seem to be any place for snowboarding fans. But times have certainly changed, with most resorts now welcoming those wanting to take part in both sports.

So how did the sport grow? What are the secrets behind its success? From the outset, it was clear that snowboarding was being positioned as more than a sporting activity. While people might view cross-country running, for example, primarily as a means of getting some decent exercise, it’s hard to think of snowboarding in that way. Instead, it tends to be seen as something of a lifestyle choice.

It’s always had associations with skateboarding, extending to a certain sense of style. Looking good is at the centre of what this sport is all about. If you can’t manage to look good, both on and off the slopes, then you’re going to be rather out of place.

Indeed, in many senses this is where things differ considerably from skiing. There’s an expectation here that the board that you choose and the clothes that you wear will really say something about you. But it’s also the case that style is very much part of the sport. That’s not so evidently the case with skiing.

So the rise of the sport can be explained by its positioning. It’s offering something very different to other winter sports. It manages to combine danger, excitement, skills, fashion and style. These all help to explain why it has risen in popularity at such an astounding rate.

If you’ve not previously tried snowboarding, then you might like to investigate whether it’s possible to get lessons locally. There are also numerous online stores selling appropriate equipment and accessories.

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The Various Uses of Ski Masks

A ski mask, which also goes by the name of balaclava or balaclava helmet, is headgear made of cloth that is designed to cover most of your face. The name balaclava is derived from the use of these ski masks in the Battle of Balaclava. This is a town located close to Sevastopol, Crimea. The battle was fought in the Crimean war.

There are a variety of styles available and depending on the way that you wear it, you can expose just your eyes, or also your nose and mouth. You may also wear it so that your entire face is exposed. If you go with the design that exposes the whole face, you could roll it to make a hat that will cover your head or it may fold down so that it looks like a collar.

Balaclavas are worn outdoors especially by people who engage in winter sports including snowmobiling, snowboarding and skiing. They are a protection for the face against the lash of cold winds and help to maintain warmth. Lately they have also become part of what motorcyclists wear since they too have to deal with the lash of the wind.

Interestingly, firefighters also wear them although theirs are fire resistant and are made from a material known as nomex. The face opening on these modified ski masks is then covered by an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). Fire retardant balaclavas are also worn by race drivers who must put them on under their helmets. In the racing events, various rally stages, hill climbs and the like, it has become mandatory for these to be worn along with other protective gear such as gloves, socks, long underwear and special shoes. Electrical workers also have a modified balaclava. Theirs is arc-flash rated and is usually worn with a shield over the face as well as other PPE to protect them as they work on their equipment.

Balaclavas can be purchased in a retail shop that sells sports gear or winter sports gear. Anyone running such a shop would have to purchase the wholesale ski mask from a wholesaler. They are actually able to select the style of balaclava to sell including casual, active, classic and formal. Since they come in a variety of colors and patterns, as a retailer, you can get the most attractive for your store. There are multicolored ones, plaid, print designs, striped and solid color ones too.

Of course it is cheaper to make a bulk order if you are a retailer than purchasing in small amounts. You may need to get on the internet and find wholesalers that will give you a good price before you can make a purchase. Saving money is always welcome. However, it is important to find a balance between quality and price. Cheap can end up being very costly, but you can also find well priced products of good quality. Payment methods will vary depending on the company you buy from. However, if you are required to make an online payment, you will find that for most of them, even PayPal is a valid payment option.

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Track and Field Athletics A Systematic Approach (Part 2)

Now that we’ve gone over some general considerations for setting up a year round track and field training program, let’s get a bit more specific and break the year down into a progression of training cycles. We’ll use a 3 phase program for our general purposes, Post Competition Phase, Pre Competition Phase and Competition Phase. These phases could also be broken down into more specific sub phases but for now let’s generalize for the sake of simplicity. For High School track and field athletes the outdoor competitive season generally runs from mid March until late May or early June including District, Conference and State Championships. For athletes coming off a winter sports season there may be only a couple weeks to rest before track and field practice begins.

These athletes should be monitored for overuse stress and injuries. Also athletes that have not been working out prior to the season will find themselves with only several short weeks to prepare for the outdoor track and field season’s first meets of the year. Once the spring track season ends some athletes may extend their season and make use of better weather (especially in the northern climes) by training for and competing in the summer USATF and AAU meets and Championships. By doing so the track and field season is now into late July or early August. A similar time frame could also be shared by college track and field athletes with Conference; Regional and National meets extending well into the summer months. We have already mentioned that those athletes who participate in other fall and winter sports will have different demands on their time than the singularly focused track and field only athlete. So let’s just look at schedules relating to track and field athletes and include their fall counterparts in competitive cross-country.

Phase 1: Post Competition; Late Summer, Fall and Early Winter


This is an active rest period for sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers. This is a time to rejuvenate mentally and physically. Stay active with recreational sports and activities but no serious training. This will of course be hard to accomplish for those athletes beginning practices for the fall sports seasons.

Active rest and a gradual building of an endurance base for those that will be Cross Country Runners in the fall.

September, October, November

Cross-country running for middle distance and distance runners, including intervals, hills, Fartlek training and general conditioning activities.

Sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers may also incorporate cross country as a way to stay fit and active if not involved in another fall sport. This should include form striding and general conditioning activities including weight training.

Throwers should be weight training extensively, as well as incorporating conditioning, sprinting, light plyometrics as well as technique work and drills.

At the middle to end of November some athletes may be branching from a general conditioning cycle and becoming more specific with their training for the upcoming indoor track and field season. This would also be when other winter sports athletes are gearing up their workouts and beginning practices for those competition seasons i.e. basketball, wrestling, swimming, skiing etc.


This is a good time to evaluate the progress of the fall training sessions. Are the athletes becoming tired and sore? Are they mentally flat and ready for a break? Or are they making gains in the weight room and becoming more energetic as the weeks go by? This is the time of year for those athletes not engaged in a competitive winter sports program to make adjustments and take an active rest if need be. Considering the social demands of the holiday season an active rest period and a mental break couldn’t come at a better time. The rewards of an active rest period are the staving off of overuse injuries later on and of a fresher more mentally eager athlete returning in January. Remember an active rest is not a sedentary rest with lots of over eating but it is a period to change gears from intense training to allow the body to rebuild while staying active with recreational activities that keep a body moving and a mind rejuvenating. An example might be to get out of the gym or off the roads and track and spend some time in the woods snowshoeing, hiking or cross country skiing. Or maybe if the athletes family vacations over break to swim in the ocean, run on the beach, explore their travel destination with hikes and long walks. Just break up the routine, stay active and come back in January ready to work.

That’s a general overview of an approach to Phase 1, the post competition phase, of a year long training cycle. In the next part of this article we’ll begin with Phase 2, the pre competition phase that generally begins with athletes ready to get back to business after the Holidays in the month of January.

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Hit the Slopes: Dreamy Snowboarding Vacations

The Thrill of Snowboarding

Snowboarding, the art of gliding across snowy slopes on a single elongated board, has become highly popular among lovers of winter sports. Even those who don’t like the cold, but love the thrill of physical activity, have found joy in snowboarding. No matter where in the world you live, there is a dreamy snowboarding location nearby. Before you plan your next vacation, you may want to consider the condition of the slopes.

Snowboarding Resorts

The nation is peppered with resorts that offer snowboarding lessons, to suit any vacation plan. You’ll find snowboarding resorts in states across the US, if you know where to look. In Canada, Lake Louise and Whistler are two highly popular spots for snowboarding and snowboarding lessons. California’s Squaw Valley is a great, dreamy snowboarding vacation resort for those wishing to learn the craft of snowboarding. Sun Valley in Idaho, and Moonlight Basin in Montana are popular Rocky Mountain snowboarding vacation destinations.

In Nevada, Heavenly is the best resort for snowboarding, and Jackson Hole is where you want to go if Wyoming is the state of your choice. If the resort you choose features snowboarding, there will be a bevy of other winter sports to enjoy as well. Amid lush mountain scenery and crisp white snow, you may discover that snowboarding is the answer to your dream vacation.

Utah is filled with great resorts; where you can do all the snowboarding you please and even receive lessons. Deer Valley, The Canyons, Snowbird, and Park City are all well-known and beautiful resorts that you might want to check out if you’re visiting Utah. For snowboarding, you can hardly do better than the beautiful peaks of Utah.

Unless, of course, you go to Colorado. The US capital of winter resorts, Colorado is known for their famous resorts…and their beautiful snow. No matter what winter activity you wish to engage in, this is one of the best places to go. Aspen is probably the most well-known of Colorado snowboarding and skiing hotspots. Other Colorado vacation locales include Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Breckenridge, Telluride, Steamboat Springs, Vail, Winter Park, and Beaver Creek.

A Dreamy Snowboarding Vacation

To have the perfect snowboarding vacation, location is important. But the willingness to try something new is also a must when it comes to snowboarding. Snowboarding is a sport that can be very thrilling and exciting, but also dangerous – so be sure to have all the right gear and take all the proper precautions. Inexperienced snowboarders should receive instruction from experts for safety’s sake. With proper instruction, snowboarding can be one of the greatest life experiences. A snowboarding vacation is not just a trip to a snowy land, but a true adventure.

Consider where you will go, and be sure to take all the equipment and gear you need for your dreamy snowboarding vacation. Proper planning is a must, so try to leave snowboarding lessons pre-arranged if they are needed. Once you get to your snowboarding vacation destination, you don’t want to waste any time. You want to get out there and hit the slopes right away, and get boarding out in the snow. So get everything ready beforehand, to get your dreamy snowboarding vacation off and running right away.

If you’re planning a snowboarding vacation, then you’re in for a lot of fun and excitement. Remember to stay safe, your dreamy snowboarding vacation will be a dream come true.

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Paddle Tennis – A Winter Sport

Paddle tennis, also known as platform tennis started in the 1920s. Two friends were looking for a way to practice their knacks in tennis during the winter season. They came upon a concept to construct an unusual court designed for winter. The dimension of the court was 30 ft by 60 ft, about a quarter of a tennis court, fenced by screens 12 ft in height. Aside from keeping the balls from straying off the court, the purpose of the screen was to let the players bounce off the balls from them as in racquetball or squash.

Little did the creators know that the sport would become popular enough to be played by men and women of different expertise & age levels. Or that it would be enjoyed all over the United States & Canada, not to mention different countries worldwide.

Paddle tennis is very easy to play. Anybody can just pick up a paddle and learn while having fun. Its not the same as tennis where you need speed and raw power to win. In paddle tennis, you need to have the patience & strategy of a chess player. It is because of this that it can be an addicting game.

The capability to play off the screens makes the game more interesting. Part of its appeal is to be able to turn the tables on a male-against-female match. A woman cannot be bested by a man’s raw power alone if she can play her cards right. Because of the screens, it is difficult to predict an opponent’s move. But this is part of the strategy.

Presently, the courts are constructed of aluminum with heating underneath so that the falling snow cannot accumulate because it melts upon landing on the surface. There are also warming huts nearby complete with fireplaces & contemporary amenities. The court is also equipped with lights for playing at night. From September to April, the season for this sport is longer than summer games.

This sport compliments your skills in tennis such as overheads & volleying. Thus, you don’t have to stop playing tennis altogether. The good thing about this sport is that women can play against men in tournaments. Unlike in tennis wherein the sexes have to be segregated because a man’s raw power is usually no match against a woman’s.

Another bright idea about this sport is that parks that are never used during winter can be equipped with courts to make them useful.

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