ScholarShift Stories: Learning Pickleball

January 10, 2017

Students learn and enjoy the fast-growing game during introductory sessions in Johnson Armory.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s students headed for the hardwood of Johnson Armory to learn the fast-growing game of pickleball on Monday January 9 as part of a recent ScholarShift module. 

SSM Middle School Director Beth Trout, who has won numerous pickleball singles and doubles championship at the local, regional, and national levels, led the sessions and provided a crash course on the game. She went over the rules of the game and shared strategies before allowing participants to break off and try their hands in singles and doubles games.

Pickleball combines the skills of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The fast-paced game is played on a badminton court in singles or doubles competition, and games go to 11 points. The module concluded with a pickleball tournament, which was won by the team of Wyatt Palmer ’18 and Ty Cooper ’18.

For additional information on the game, visit