FARMINGTON — It’s time for the baby boomers to have a night out, one full of low-impact, non-competitive sports and social activities, Farmington Recreation Department staff say.

They will launch Baby Boomers Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, starting Nov. 16, at the Community Center.

“It makes sense to me. Getting people out of the house to do some activity even if it’s just once a week,” Recreation Director Steve Shible said Tuesday. He watched Assistant Director Matt Foster challenged in a quick-paced game of badminton by Eddie Yuen of Farmington.

That’s right, badminton. It’s not a new idea. Someone suggested it 25 years ago, he said. The new floor at the community center includes marks for single and double badminton court play.

“It doesn’t matter if you keep score or follow the rules. It’s about having fun and getting some low-impact exercise,” Shible said. “Something is better than nothing.”

“This 50-plus age group, like myself, may not want the competition or high-impact sports they enjoyed before,” he said. “Something more than walking that they can enjoy with their friends.”

Badminton isn’t the only fare offered. There’s table tennis, speedminton, shuffleboard, ladderball, a beanbag toss, a pitching machine in a batting cage on the stage and Nintendo Wii action sports, he said.

Downstairs there are board games and table tennis to help get people out and moving, he said. Mats are available for stretching. The opportunities cover the gym floor.

“People can do whatever they want,” he said.

The cost is $2 per person for three hours Wednesdays. A reservation list for badminton courts is being started, similar to the one used at the Hippach Field tennis courts.

“We decided to give it a chance,” he said.

“Then it’s a matter of how to fit it in but that’s the kind of problem to have,” he said. A variety of youth programs, volleyball and basketball keeps the center busy.

Someone has already suggested adding dances, he said.

For more information or to reserve court time, call the Recreation Department at 778-3464 or go to the Middle Street center on Wednesday, he said.

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