Indoor Pickleball coming soon to Mercer/Bucks
Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club (MBPC) is scheduled to open February 15th, with a ribbon cutting on the 18th, in Ewing Township. With nine indoor courts, the 26,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility will be the largest dedicated indoor Pickleball facility in the Northeast and is only a 10-15 minute drive from Yardley and Newtown.
MBPC, the first such facility of its kind in Mercer and Bucks counties, will provide best-in-class- amenities. Their competitive, cushioned courts will be easier on the joints than asphalt or concrete. Soundproofing will greatly diminish the “echo canyon” that most indoor paddle and sports facilities generate. Modern LED lights will provide excellent visibility and eliminate glare. Finally, the climate-controlled environment will always ensure perfect “Pickleball weather” at the club.
The club will offer instruction at every level from beginners to the more advanced afficionados. Instructors will be available for private and group lessons as well as clinics and drills. Players can book private courts by the hour or enroll in leagues, round robins and tournaments. An automatic ball machine and practice “dink” court are available for anyone who wants to up their game. Balls and paddles will be available for those that have not yet purchased their own. The MBPC “Merch Nook” will offer demos and paddles and will also sell unique and fun Pickleball themed gifts and apparel.
Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America, has burgeoned across the US, expanding by more than 21% to 4.2 million players from 2019 to 2020 (USA Pickleball Association). A hybrid of tennis, ping pong and badminton, it offers an aerobic workout like tennis, but the courts are smaller, don’t demand the speed required by tennis, and result in a lower-impact game. Played with lightweight paddles and balls similar to whiffle balls, Pickleball doesn’t impose the torque on elbows and shoulders that tennis does. However, Pickleball’s biggest draws for many are its social benefits.
How did MBPC come to be? In late fall 2020, two recently retired couples from Yardley started playing Pickleball together. The Voelzkes and Gabrieles became impassioned by the lively sport. They created a makeshift court with painters’ tape and a portable net in their cul-de-sac. As the weather changed, they realized the need for an indoor Pickleball facility in the local area. The enterprising foursome decided to blend operational skills, marketing and business expertise with the passion for their favorite pastime. And, as the new year begins, the club is an ideal place for resolutions to get fit, stay sharp and spend more quality time with friends and family.
Stay up-to-date and visit the MBPC website (www.playmbpc.com), follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and be sure to keep an eye out for the grand opening at 370 Sullivan Way in Ewing, NJ.
PHOTO CAP: Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club owners Frank and Becky Gabriele, left, and Bob and Sharon Voelzke.