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Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
It can be played both indoors or outdoors, on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net.
Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes and can be played as doubles or singles. [CABQ website]
Pétanque is a game that falls into the category of boules sports, along with bocce and lawn bowls, in that players or teams play their boules/balls towards a target ball. In Pétanque the objective is to score points by having boules closer to the target, called a cochonnet, than your opponent after all boules have been thrown. This is achieved by projecting boules closer to the cochonnet or by hitting your opponents' boules away from the target.
Recreational bowling was in its heyday about 35 years ago when there were roughly 9 million competitive league bowlers across the United States.
Over time, that number has dwindled to 1.6 million.
In tandem, the number of bowling centers has dipped from a high mark of about 11,000 in the early 1960s to roughly 4,500 now, according to bowling historian Mark Miller, author of Bowling: America’s Greatest Indoor Pastime.
Miller’s research also indicates not all the news is bad. He said younger bowlers are being drawn to the sport.
“What has gone up are the number of people bowling once or twice a year to about 69 (million) to 70 million,” he wrote in an email to the Journal. “This has been helped by the very young people. They don’t like the weekly structure of leagues but like bowling enough to go once in a great while.”
Bob Christ, "Bowling finds its niche in Albuquerque," Albuquerque Journal, September 28th, 2015