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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (March 16, 2018) – Registration is now open for the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department’s Inaugural Pickleball Paddle Battle. This event will take place Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Park West Recreation Complex here.Pickleball, an indoor/outdoor sport, is an exciting game that blends elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Played on a badminton-sized court, the running distance required is much less than tennis. Additionally, players use a perforated plastic whiffle ball and paddle during the low impact sport.After observing the enthusiasm for the sport at both the national and local level, the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department decided to host a pickleball tournament of its own.“We see how fast pickleball is growing in our community and are excited to offer our residents the chance to play in a tournament-style setting,” said Tennis Coordinator Shelli Davis. The Pickleball Paddle Battle will consist of two days of matches, with men’s pairs playing first on Saturday, April 21, and women’s pairs playing the following day, Sunday, April 22. Play will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 2 p.m.Twenty four doubles teams will be divided into three groups of eight teams each day. Each team will play every other team in their group, with the winners determined by their win/loss record. Should a tie occur, teams will face off in a head-to-head tiebreaker.Register for the Mount Pleasant Pickleball Paddle Battle in person at the R.L. Jones Center, G.M. Darby Building, or Park West Recreation Complex. To register online, please go to MtPleasantRec.com/Register and enter registration code 318400-01 for men’s pairs and 318400-02 for women’s pairs. Entry is $40/team. For more information about the Inaugural Mount Pleasant Pickleball Paddle Battle, please contact MPRD Tennis Coordinator Shelli Davis at 843-856-2162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.