action:article | category:SPORTS | adString:SPORTS | zoneID:40

Home » Sports

August 12. 2014 9:59PM

Granite State Senior Games take flight

James Eddinger gives a pickleball lesson to Lorraine Nelson, from left, Shirley McQueeney and John Karavidas, all of Manchester, at the Derryfield Park in Manchester on July 20, 2010. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)

Pickleball and track and field are the two most popular events this summer in the Granite State Senior Games, which is currently underway across New Hampshire.

“Pickleball is the most popular event we run right now, so popular that we couldn’t take more than 110 applicants this summer,” said Jim Eddinger of Goffstown, chairman of the Games. Pickleball is a sport that combines tennis, table tennis and badminton. Using a regular tennis net, players serve a thick plastic Wiffle ball-type ball underhand with a wooden or aluminum paddle. Points can be obtained only by the server; the first player to reach 11 points wins the game.

Pickleball will be held today (doubles), Thursday (mixed doubles) and Friday (singles) at the Plaistow Community YMCA, 175 Plaistow Road (Route 125). One can call 382-0641 for more information on the starting times.

In 2011, only 43 people signed up for pickleball, Eddinger said.

“The number grew to 50 in 2012 to 74 last year to 109 this year. Pickleball will eventually surpass track and field in total participation because pickleball is really sweeping the nation,” said Eddinger. “Next year, we’ll have more sites for pickleball to allow more people to participate. Track and field will still remain strong. This year we have close to 140 participants for track.”

Eddinger said 422 athletes statewide are participating in 526 overall events.

Senior players compete in their own age groups (50-54, 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-plus) with a chance to qualify for the National Senior Games in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., next July. Last year, 86 senior athletes represented New Hampshire at the national games.

There’s still time to register for some events in the Games, now in their 27th season.

Eddinger said “Folks can still sign up for golf, track and field, cycling, a 5K road race and tennis.”

Swimming events will begin Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Granite YMCA, 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown.

Manchester Memorial High School will host track and field and a 1,500-meter race walk beginning at 9 a.m. at Chabot-McDonough Field. There will be a division for ages 45-49 this year in track and field.

Basketball takes center stage on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 a.m. at the Plaistow Community YMCA. The event features 3-on-3 halfcourt games for men and women. Playing time is two 15-minute periods.

Cycling will be held Sunday, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. This summer, cycling will offer 5K and 10K time trials. There’s also a 20K/40K race-within-a-race in which participants are timed at 20K and again at 40K. Cyclists must provide their own bicycles and helmets and can register right up to race day. The event starts at 915 Holt Ave. in Manchester.

Runners have until Friday to register for the 5K race, which will be held in conjunction with the St. Charles 5K road race on Monday Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

It’s a certified 5K road race. Electronic timing will be used. Competitors in all age groups will run together. To enter and to qualify for the National Senior Games in 2015, runners must register with the Granite State Senior Games and must pick up their race numbers at the Granite State Senior Games tent site.

Tennis players have until Saturday to register. The Granite YMCA will host the singles tennis tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m. and the doubles and mixed doubles tournament on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 8:30 a.m.

The Country Club of New Hampshire in North Sutton is hosting the Granite State Senior Games golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The shotgun start tournament begins at 10 a.m. and the greens fee includes a cart. Deadline to register is Sept. 3.

The public is welcome to attend all these events.

To register for the remaining events, one can go to For more information, call Eddinger at 533-6975 or e-mail him at

  • Should public schools in NH provide students with firearms safety instruction?
  • Yes
  • 65%
  • No
  • 35%
  • Total Votes: 1958
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New OT rule in AHL generating buzz

Slam thunk! Sarah Silverman nearly hit by basketball at Knicks game... but luckily John McEnroe is there to shield her

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear new Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH


DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory