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What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. The game combines elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

New players are always welcome. If you are interested in playing, you can sign-up for open play, bring your athletic shoes and paddle  and we will give you a crash course on how to play. You can also take a Pickleball Clinic and learn the game in a non-intimidating environment with instructors who will spend quality time teaching you how to play. The video below is a good introduction to the game. 

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How to Play Pickleball

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.

Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played as a doubles game or singles game.

 

2023 USA Pickleball Rules

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How to Get Involved

Beginner Pickleball Clinics

This is a four-week intermediate clinic to progress pickleball skills held in the Boyd Lee Park gymnasium. Skills covered include serving, returning, drop shots, transitioning, contact consistency and ball spinning. 

Days, Dates, Times:

422021.07      Tues & Thurs     Mar 7 - 30                              5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

422021.02     Tues & Thurs       Apr 4 – 27                            10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

422021.03     Tues & Thurs       May 2 – 25                           10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Fee: $30; $20 Greenville Resident

Registration Info: Participants must register online at GreenvilleNC.gov or in-person at any recreation facility. For information please call (252) 329-4550 or email dtaylor@greenvillenc.gov.  

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Glow Pickleball

Ever wonder what pickleball would be like at night? Come find out as we play glow in the dark pickleball! Wear neon clothing and listen to some 80’s throwbacks. 

323006.01   

Saturday,  February 18                                  7 PM – 10 PM

Fee: $10

Register at any recreation facility or online between Dec. 18 and Feb 14. For information please call the Athletic office at (252) 329-4550.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Intermediate Pickleball Clinics

This is a four-week intermediate clinic to progress pickleball skills. Skills covered include serving, returning, drop shots, transitioning, contact consistency and ball spinning. 

Days, Dates, Times:   

422021.04                                           

 Mon & Wed                                                Mar 6 – 29                                               10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

422021.05     

Mon & Wed                                                   Apr 4 – 27                                                10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

422021.06                                                 Tues & Thurs                                             May 2 – 25                                                 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Asterisk Denotes: Sports Connection location.

Fee: $30; $20 Greenville Resident

Registration Info: Participants must register online at GreenvilleNC.gov or in-person at any recreation facility. For information please call (252) 329-4550 or email dtaylor@greenvillenc.gov

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Pickleball Leagues

Dedicated doubles pairs will compete in a 10 game Round Robin play season. In the early afternoon, a 50+ Coed Pickleball League will take place. In the evening, an 18+ Coed Pickleball League will take place. Teams will play best 2 out of 3 matches with a match being won by reaching 11, by 2. Players should be prepared to play a maximum of 6 matches per day, and allow for up to 3-hours at the indoor courts at Sports Connection. Registration is limited. 

322045.01         50+ League                                                          Tues & Thurs                                                         March 14 - April 18                                         12 PM – 3 PM

322045.02          18+ League                                                            Tues & Thurs                                                        March 14 - April 18                                         6 PM – 9 PM

No play April 6, 2023.

Fee: $45, Discounted Greenville Resident: $30

Players must register online at GreenvilleNC.gov or in-person at any recreation facility. For information please visit GreenvilleNC.gov, call (252) 329-4699 or email cmcfarland@greenvillenc.gov.

 

 

 

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Pickleball Lessons       

Individuals can schedule private pickleball lessons by appointment only. Individuals can schedule private pickleball lessons by appointment only.

To schedule a lesson, please contact Daniel Taylor at dtaylor@greenvillenc.gov or   252-329-4268.

Fee per individual: $30; Discounted Greenville Resident Fee: $20

One Hour Group Fees: $60; Discounted Greenville Resident Fee: $40

 

 

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Pickleball Open Play Pass

Pickleball play among participants designed to execute game strategies and techniques in doubles play while receiving feedback from staff.

322031.01*            Mon – Thurs              Nov 15 – Feb 28                                    12 PM - 3 PM                                             
                                       Tues & Thurs              Nov 15 – Feb 28                                    6 PM - 8 PM                       

422023.01              Mon – Thurs              Mar 6 – May 25 (No May 3)             12 PM - 3PM                                   
                                       Mon & Wed                Mar 6 – May 25                                        6 PM - 8 PM                           

122024.01*           Mon – Thurs              June 5 - Aug 31 (No June 19, July 3-4)                                         12 PM – 3 PM

                                     Tues & Thurs               June 5 - Aug 31 (No June 19, July 3-4, 10-13, 17-20)             6 PM – 8PM

Asterisk Denotes: Sports Connection location.

Fee: $30, Discounted Greenville Resident: $20

Players must register online at GreenvilleNC.gov or in-person at any recreation facility. For information please visit GreenvilleNC.gov, call (252) 329-4550 or email dtaylor@greenvillenc.gov.

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Greenville Pickleball Open

Organized competitive tournament of the fastest growing sport in the United States. The doubles tournament will offer beginner (3.0 & below) and intermediate/advanced (3.5 & above) skill divisions within each men’s, women’s, and mixed event. Each team will have a 4 game guarantee with each division consisting of round robin play with all teams advancing into bracket play. Participants must register with a partner. 

423004.01                                                     Men’s Beginner               April 29       

423004.02                                                    Women’s Beginner        April 29                           

423004.03                                                     Mixed Beginner              April 29                    

423004.04                                                            Men’s Intermediate/Advanced                April 30        

423004.05                                                Women’s Intermediate/Advanced     April 30        

423004.06                                                          Mixed Intermediate/Advanced            April 30          

Fee: $30 per player/per event

Register at any Greenville Recreation and Parks facility or online at greenvillenc.gov between February 23 and April 20. For more information, please contact the Athletic Office at (252) 329-4550.

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Pickleball Resources

Buying a Pickleball Paddle

How to Play Pickleball

Rules Summary Sheet

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Playing Strategy Resources

There are endless online resources for helping you gain new skills and knowledge to make you a smarter and better Pickleball player. One place to start your learning is to visit the “Learning to Play” section of the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) website. It’s also a good idea to brush up on the “Official Rules” (.pdf)

Coach Mo is a long-time tennis coach who now teaches people how to play Pickleball. His “Pickleball Strategy Guide” (.pdf) is a must-read for novice to advanced players.

One of the best ways to improve your game is to watch instructional videos on YouTube. There are lots of them. (Probably too many of them.) Below are five quality videos that address important elements to improve your Pickleball game. Enjoy.

Hitting Groundstrokes

Dinking

Third Shot Drop

Tips for Seniors

100 Strategies for Advanced Players

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