MERRICK - As the warm weather approaches, some sports enthusiasts are taking part in the growing sport of pickleball.

Invented about 50 years ago, pickleball is a mix of three sports, including ping pong, badminton and tennis.

The game is played by hitting plastic balls over a net with ping pong-like paddles on a badminton-sized court.

The game is now played in all 50 states and has a growing fan base of more than 100,000 pickleballers.