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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.

 

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How to Get Involved

Adult 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:

322021.01            Mon & Wed                       Jan 23-Feb 15                     9 AM – 10:15 AM

422021.01            Mon & Wed                       Mar 6– 30                            6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

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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Adult Intermediate 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:

222041.01       Mon & Wed                      Nov 14 – Dec 14 (No class Nov 23 & 28)                  9 AM - 10:15 AM      

322021.02*     Mon & Wed                      Jan 23-Feb 15                                                                           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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Adult Pickleball Open Play Pass

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

222042.01            Tues & Thurs            Sept 6 – Nov 10                          12 PM-3 PM & 6 PM-8 PM

322031.01            Tues & Thurs            Dec 6 – Feb 28                            12 PM-3 PM

422023.01            Tues & Thurs            Mar 20 – May 25                       12 PM- 3PM & 6 PM-8 PM

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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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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