What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a fun racket sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis. The sport uses a hard paddle and a polymer wiffle ball.  It is primarily played as doubles.  Pickleball was developed in 1965 in Seattle; it has become very popular in many southern and western states, and is spreading across the country.  It is a social game, as play is only to 11 points, so players can rotate quickly in and out of games.


Pickleball appears to be very similar to tennis; there are key differences that make it more accessible to all ages, including children and seniors.   Foremost among these differences is the speed of the ball which moves slower than the average speed of a tennis ball. Equally important is the size of the court which is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court. This smaller area combined with the slower moving ball makes Pickleball easier to learn and play than tennis. However, experienced players will have a very fast paced net game which gives a great workout.


Open Gym Pickleball Program



Open Gym Pickleball is for individuals desiring to play in an open gym setting. Everyone can play and at any level.  There are many players that will mentor you as you learn. Give it a try!  Everyone gets one day for FREE!

  • Pickleball players are responsible for setting up and taking down equipment.

  • No Street shoes are allowed. You must NOT wear the shoes you wore to the gym. All shoes must have non-marking soles.

  • Be courteous and do not dominate court time, rotate to allow everyone time to play.

  • Participants must supply their own equipment.

  • No official scoring will be kept.

  • All play is “Pick up Play”. You may play as singles or doubles.

  • See Pickleball Schedule for available court times. Scheduled times are subject to change due to special events. 

  • Other times may be available, you must check with office.

  • Open Gym Pickleball is for good clean fun and exercise!!! Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.


Open Gym Pickleball Fees

  • Included with Fitness Center Membership
  • Pickleball Day Pass = $3.00/day for Resident and $5.00/day for Non-Resident
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