What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Played on a court with a 36" high net, games at SDBC are played as doubles (two people per side). Each player uses a solid paddle, made of wood or composite materials, to score points by successfully hitting a plastic ball (commonly known as a whiffle-ball) over the net, without it being successfully returned by their opponents.
The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. One of these modifications includes letting the ball bounce once on either side of the net for the first two hits of the game. Pickleball was invented in Seattle in the mid-1960s as a children's backyard pastime, but has become popular among adults as well. It is now the fastest growing sport in North America.
Who can attend:
Our pickleball sessions are open to all adults interested in having fun and improving their fitness. Players are asked to attend only one session per day, to give players as much playing time as possible. Exceptions would be for experienced players designated to help coach or assist with skill development. Please see sign-in procedures below.
We have different sessions available, to accommodate four different skill levels. Players are encouraged to use the USAPA skill self-assessment sheets to determine which session it would be appropriate to attend. Players can also look up skill level ratings on the International Federation of Pickleball web page.
Beginners: these are players who are fairly new to pickleball and are working towards understanding basic ground strokes, positional play, scoring, and are beginning to sustain play longer. These players are working towards a level 2.0 of play.
Advanced Beginners: these players have participated in the Wednesday beginners session (see below) or equivalent, have completed the skill assessment sheet, and fit the criteria established for a 2.0 skill level of play.
Intermediate: these players are able to sustain play consistently and are at a level 2.5-3.0.
Advanced: players at this level can consistently sustain play at a faster pace and are at level 3.5 and above for competitive play.
Sessions take place Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.
NOTE: All sessions have ended for the summer, but will start back up in the fall. Details will be added here at that time.
There is a drop-in fee of $2 for all sessions. After signing in for Session Two on Monday and Wednesday evenings, proceed down the outside walk to the door entrance for the washrooms and coat area, and wait until 7:40PM before entering the gym. This is to reduce overcrowding in the backcourt during Session One, and to lessen the distraction for those playing.
Don't worry if you don't have your own equipment, as we have extra racquets available.
The fees collected will be used to cover expenses and to support local charities in our community of South Delta. In the past, it has been used to purchase balls, paddles, and a new net. We have supported both the SDBC Food Bank and Delta Assist with a food drive, along with a monetary donation to Delta Assist on behalf of all of us at SDBC Pickleball.
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