What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is played on a court that is roughly the size of a badminton court, with a net like a tennis net. Players use solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball (like a whiffle ball) over the net. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles, and the objective is to hit the ball over the net and onto the opponent’s side of the court in a way that makes it difficult or impossible for the opponent to return it. The game is popular among people of all ages and skill levels and can be played both indoors and outdoors.
How do I play Pickleball?
Here are the basic steps to play pickleball:
- Equipment: Pickleball is played with a paddle and a perforated plastic ball. The paddle is like a table tennis paddle but larger, and the ball is like a whiffle ball. The court is roughly the size of a badminton court, with a net like a tennis net.
- Serving: The game begins with a serve. The server must stand behind the baseline and serve the ball underhand to the opposite side of the court. The serve must clear the net and land in the opponent’s service court.
- Volleying: After the serve, the ball must bounce once on each side before players can hit it in the air. After the ball has bounced once on each side, players can volley (hit the ball in the air without letting it bounce).
- Scoring: Points are only awarded when the serving team wins a rally. The first team to reach 11 points (with a two-point lead) wins the game.
- Faults: There are several faults that can occur during play, such as hitting the ball out of bounds, hitting the net, or volleying before the ball has bounced. If a fault occurs, the opponent earns a point and the serve.
These are just the basics, but there are many nuances to the game that you can learn as you play. It’s a fun and social sport that can be played by people of all ages and skill levels.
Need more information see this YouTube video on how to play. Access Here
Do I need to provide my equipment and balls?
No, the club will provide loan paddles and balls to play. If you are very keen you may want to purchase your own paddle.
How does the session work?
The sessions are run by volunteer facilitators. Joe and Anthony are experienced Pickleball enthusiasts. They will coordinate the session and have you playing with different people. At any one time 16 players will be on court and 4 players will be taking a break and socialise with other people.
How does the booking work?
Each week the booking register is open and first 18 players to book will secure their spots. Each week you will need to book.
If you miss out you can try can register and if a cancellation occurs one of the facilitators will get back to you. The register will be monitored so that we can determine if additional sessions need to be scheduled. One of our facilitators will call you back if there is a cancellation. You will be notified if a session is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Paddle Zone – This is Our Friday Night Pickleball Social
Session starts at 7pm and goes for 2 hours. The session runs each week subject to demand. If the demand wanes we may suspend the program. If the demand continues to grow, we may add additional Pickleball sessions.
If you have secured a spot, please arrive 5-10 minutes before the beginning of the session.
Pickleball players may also be invited to other socials and parties during the year.
What to do if I want to regularly play?
Each week after you have played your session jump onto our website and book for the next session.
Can I try Pickleball for free?
Yes, you can get one-off complimentary pass by registering your interest with the club email.