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, unless the numbers are below the maximum allotted, to give players as much playing time as possible. Exceptions would be for experienced players designated to help coach or assist with skill development.
We have different sessions available, to accommodate four different skill levels. Players are encouraged to use the USAPB 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.
- Session One (6-7:45PM): advanced beginners to intermediate players (level 2.0-3.0).
- Session Two (7:45-9:30PM): Competitive Pickleball: intermediate to advanced players (level 3.0 and up).
- Session One (6-7:45PM): beginners and new players (level 1.0-2.0); this session is open to brand new or those newer to pickleball who would like to learn how to play in a non-threatening kind of environment. Experienced players may also join these games to help encourage newer players and to help explain some of the nuances of the game as their skills improve. Note: one court will be set aside during this session for brand new players to learn the basics of pickleball. There is a maximum of six players each week in this introductory class to facilitate the teaching and practicing of skills. All equipment is provided. Please email us at to register for this introductory lesson.
- Session Two (7:45-9:30PM): Competitive Pickleball: intermediate to advanced players (level 3.0 and up); maximum 20 players.
- Session One (10-11:45AM): Competitive Pickleball: intermediate to advanced (level 3.0 and up).
- Skill Development Session (11:45AM-12:45PM): skill development session for advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced players, who wish to practice specific skills. This will be offered on the availability of volunteer coaches.
- Session Two (12:45-2:30PM): advanced beginners to intermediate players (level 2.0-3.0).
Don't worry if you don't have your own equipment, as we have extra racquets available.
We are currently holding a food drive for the SDBC Food Bank and Delta Assist. Players are asked to bring a can of food or a dry good for each session. Cash donations also accepted. Thank you for your generosity.
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