Welcome back to the news here and it's the fastest growing sport in the country we're talking about pickleball and it's described as sort of a mix between tennis badminton and ping pong and those pickleballers need a place to play they say cities towns and homeowners associations are trying to keep up pace here many of them converting basketball.

Or tennis courts over to pickleball courts now as Arizona's family investigates found this is pitting neighbor against neighbor in some spots Amy Cutler is here to explain you said this is even leading to a few lawsuits exactly you know if you've played pickleball or you know someone who does you know that people are passionate.

About this sport they just love it but it is having the unintended consequence of this some that live and work around these pickleball courts say they have no choice but to take legal action the noise associated with the sport is making their lives hell ah it's like pretty easy to pick up yeah you're pretty competitive everybody can.

Play Fenton and his wife Clarissa are new to pickleball I always say it's like a giant like a life-sized ping pong definitely easier than tennis we met them as they played at Phoenix's in Kanto Park over the last couple of years the city has tried to meet the growing demand for.

Pickleball they've converted Tennis Courts at two parks another is in The Works Scottsdale says it's also changed over Courts at three parks but in private communities those changes are more complicated it has completely changed my life very distracting the pit the high-pitched sounds.

Debbie Nagel and her partner Michael kaklinka sharing these recordings from their backyard I no longer can enjoy my backyard or open my windows the North Scottsdale homeowners tell us their HOA The Stonegate Community Association didn't consult them when they converted a nearby tennis court into two pickleball.

Courts they did not do a sound study prior to putting that pickleball court in Lance Willis with s w Acoustics and noise control sees it all the time he's called in to do noise mitigation studies it is intrusive it has a high onset rate which is similar to other impact type sounds the thing that people.

Complain about is the popping sound of the paddle when the ball hits the paddle all right there's just a lot more people that can play at one time in a conversion a tennis court is turned into two pickleball courts upwards of eight people can play at one time that too adds to the noise.

Willis advises against changeovers he's usually called in once they've been done and neighbors complain so this is a sound level meter he showed us what a study like this involves he sets up at the impacted homeowners property line to capture the sound we need to separate the uh the paddle impacts from the background noise level he used the data.

To develop a noise abatement plan it comes down to putting something between the court and the form of a wall but Willis admits it doesn't always fix the problem pickleball really is different and it needs to be planned for differently than other sports he advises courts be at least 150 feet from homes Nagels is just.

65 feet Stonegate confirms it called in a noise expert recently they recommended building two 12-foot walls at a cost of a hundred and forty thousand dollars neighbors voted it down I think the HOAs are trying to make everybody happy The Last Resort is suing attorney Robert Ducharme who's based in New Hampshire has handled several of these cases so.

It's a new noise people aren't used to it and they're not sure how to handle it yet Ducharme explains that in private communities HOA boards control the common areas the courts have routinely said as long as they're not doing something blatantly illegal they can do anything they want do they have any ground to really stand on I haven't seen.

Anybody win one yet and I'd be surprised if they did in a statement Stonegate tells Arizona's family investiga the association takes all Resident concerns seriously and several months ago took the step of limiting the pickleball Court's hours of use in order to address the noise complaints it's a great sport I'm sure and my.

Problem isn't really with them so what would you like to see happen ideally to have the courts removed now the couple tells me that their next step is a lawsuit the pickleball courts have become so popular there are always people playing on them and they want to be able to use their backyard in peace and if you didn't know what pickleball.

Sounds I think I know it's a unique noise so some you are saying some communities require a certain kind of paddle or certain kind of ball to be used does that make any kind of difference well the noise expert told me it used to make a difference but nowadays everything is standardized so really the the petals and the balls that.

Are in use are standard he really is urging communities to call in an expert before they make these conversions because once you change them over it's really hard to go back yeah it certainly is a unique noise and it's only becoming more popular with like Larry Fitzgerald and others starting professional pickleball leagues so yeah not going.

Anywhere all right Amy Cutler thanks for that
As Arizona’s Family Investigates found, pickleball and the noise that comes with it is pitting neighbor against neighbor, in some cases leading to lawsuits.

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