Pickleball

Pickleball is fast-paced fun and can be played by folks from 9 to over 90 years old. It is one of the few sports where young and old and mixed genders can play together, have an enjoyable experience, and equal success. Pickleball is a game of strategy and patience, which at the higher levels requires placement over power. Play smarter, not harder.

In this very social game, groups typically gather for ‘open play’, where players show up at a pre-determined time and rotate into games.

Pickleball is recognized as America’s fastest growing sport that is currently played in all 50 states in 8500+ locations by an estimated 3.5 million people as well as internationally.

Contact Youth & Family Director, Dave Garappolo, at [email protected] for more information. 

We offer open play:

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 7 – 9 am
    • Free for YMCA Members
    • Reserve your space here
  • Tuesday & Thursday from 10 am – 12 noon
    • Free for YMCA Members
    • Reserve your space here
  • Tuesday & Thursday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. (All players must enter the building no later than 7:45 pm)
    • $5/night for Y Members
    • $15/night for Non Members
    • Reserve your space here
  • Saturday from 7:30 – 10 am
    • Free for YMCA Members
    • Reserve your space here
  • Sunday from 10 am – 12 noon
    • Free for YMCA Members
    • Reserve your space here
Players must pre-register via the YMCA website (www.your-y.org) or register at the Welcome Center prior to play (space dependent). Anyone is welcome to observe.
 

PICKLEBALL PLAY GUIDELINES

1. Have fun and play safe.

2. Players must  register their spot prior to play at the Welcome Center or online (space dependent). Anyone is welcome to observe.

3. Previous Pickleball play experience is required for participation at open play sessions. Experience includes serving, game play and scoring, as well as pickleball unique elements of the kitchen. Look for upcoming introductory lessons and playing time information. YouTube offers helpful videos to get started, as well as www.usapickleball.org.

4. All games are played to 11 points, and must win by 2 points. You only score points when your team is serving.

5. To facilitate Player Rotation, waiting players will line up their paddles in the designated sideline area. When a game finishes, the two winning players will stay on the court if it is their first game. These two players will split up on opposite sides of the court. A player will rotate out if they have already played 2 games in a row on this court. Non-winners will also rotate out. The first 2, 3, or 4 players at the head of the line will then rotate in. The 2, 3, or 4 players rotating out of a game will put their paddles at the end of the line to rotate into their next game.

6. If you have questions or suggestions feel free to speak to an advisory group member (Ken, James, Alison, Mary Lou). They can present your thoughts for discussion at a monthly meeting. 

USA Pickleball (https://usapickleball.org) is the governing body for pickleball in the US. Their website has a wealth of information including rules, a searchable list of places to play, listings of sanctioned tournaments, instructional videos, and more.

Resources:
Pickleball Central (https://www.pickleballcentral.com) is a one stop shop for equipment and has a 30-day trial period for paddles.

Use discount code CRShelburne to receive 5% off your order

Follow Greenfield Pickleball (private Facebook Group) for information about Pickleball in the area.