Pickleball Fundamentals

Interested in learning about or improving your Pickleball game? Reserve your spot today for this FREE offering for YMCA at ACRC Members. These offerings are provided FREE by our Picklball-er experts that volunteer their time; Bill Nelson, Steve Krob & Sam Skogeboe!

Friday, September 171:00pmUPPER GYM

Open Picklball

Tuesday/Thursday6:30pm – 8:00pmUpper Gym

All Members are welcome, beginners included. Learn how to play the game and meet new people. We have a limited amount of equipment to provide, so please bring your own, if possible.

What is Pickleball?

Fun, social and friendly. 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.

The Basics

  1. A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  2. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
  3. Played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
  4. Played as doubles or singles.
  5. Can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels

Brief History

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities — are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.

Pickleball Court Layout

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.


A couple of paddles, a ball and a net, and you’re ready to get started. Here are the basics for beginners.

What to wear when playing

A couple of paddles, a ball and a net, and you’re ready to get started. Here are the basics for beginners.

Information courtesy of Pickleball USA

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