Pickleball

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sport in the United States! The game is fast moving and fun. It’s a great family activity and played by all ages. Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong.  The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court.  The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower.  The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer wiffle ball.  The ball typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball. Pickle Ball is accessible to a wide range of players including children and seniors!

Locations and Offerings

Pickleball is available indoors at the Caroline King George and Ron Rosner Branches. The Massad Family YMCA also features outdoor pickleball courts at the Jon Fried Outdoor Tennis Complex available year-round, and indoor pickleball during the winter months. All equipment to play is provided by the Y. Pickleball is FREE for Y members! 
 
We also offer clinics from time to time for those interested in learning the game. Check our program listings below for current offerings.
Open Pickleball

Rules of the Game

The five basic pickleball rules are:  

  1. Serving must be underhand from the baseline, diagonally crosscourt, and the serve cannot land in the no-volley zone (kitchen). 
  2. The serving player/team must let the return of serve bounce. 
  3. The ball must stay in bounds during play and bounce no more than once per side. 
  4. Players cannot hit the ball in the air when in the kitchen. 
  5. Games are played to 11, win by two. Points are only scored by the serving player/team. There are more rules to the game, but these five will help you to get started. Have fun! 

Easy to Learn

Whether you have zero athletic experience or you’re a multi-sport athlete, the rules of pickleball are fairly simple. All you need to get started is a paddle and a ball. With a shorter paddle, lighter ball and smaller court, pickleball is especially beneficial for seniors looking to stay active.

Heart Healthy

Pickleball offers aerobic exercise, promoting cardiovascular health. Since pickleball moves at a slower pace than tennis, it’s easier on the joints while also improving balance, coordination and agility. Plus, it’s a ton of fun!

Stay Connected

Strong social connections improve quality of life and happiness. More than anything, pickleball is a social game. You never know who you will meet on the courts, and each time you play, you will probably leave the courts with a new friend for your next game!

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