Pickleball

Pickleball

What Is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast- paced, competitive game for experienced players. In addition to being fun, the game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature. 

How it is Played

Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. New players can learn the game quickly in a single session. No special apparel is needed, just something comfortable and appropriate for a court sport. Equipment is inexpensive and easily portable. It can be played at a leisurely pace or at a highly competitive level—making it ideal for all ages and abilities.

Open Play
Monthly Pickleball Schedule

Join us for active, fun, and social Open Play sessions! Beginner to advanced Pickleball players will enjoy the opportunity to learn the sport and/or work on their game with a wide variety of players.

Outdoor Open Play sessions are played at Fort Missoula Tennis Courts. Open Play sessions are free. 
Indoor Open Play sessions are played at the Sports & Wellness Center at 1515 Fairview Ave. Fee is $5 per person per visit, or purchase a punch card and save. $40 for a 10-session punch card, $70 for a 20-session punch card, and $90 for a 30-session punch card. 

Parks and Recreation will provide the nets, paddles, and balls for each session, or bring your own paddle and/or ball.

Additional Information
If you are interested in placing your name on the sub list, please email Ryan Yearous or call him at 552-6266.
Pickleball
Learn to Play Clinics
Join us for 1-hour Learn to Play clinics. Staff will be on hand to teach you the basics of the game and get you ready to attend our Open Play sessions and/or League play. All necessary equipment (paddles, nets, balls) will be available to use during the clinics. Schedule is subject to change. For ages 12+. Pre-registration is appreciated. Learn to Play 

Sports & Wellness Center: 1515 Fairview Ave
Fort Missoula Tennis Courts: South side of the park, near 3205 Fort Missoula Rd. 

           Learn to Play Dates

Date
Fee Time Location
Apr. 9 $5 Saturday, 1-3pm Sports & Wellness Center
May 9 FREE Monday, 6:30pm Fort Missoula Tennis Courts
June 13 FREE Monday, 6:30pm Fort Missoula Tennis Courts
July 11 FREE Monday, 6:30pm Fort Missoula Tennis Courts
August 8 FREE Monday, 6:30pm Fort Missoula Tennis Courts
September 12  FREE Monday, 5:30pm Fort Missoula Tennis Courts
Round Robin
Sundays 2-5pm
Join us for a leveled round robin on Sundays. 
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Participants will be split up levels 4.5+, 4.0, 3.5+, 3.5, and 2.5-3.0.
  • Players may need to sign up for the level which best fits their skill sets. For more information reqarding the rating system, please visit USAPA website
  • Round Robin schedules will be provided at the event.
  • Play will occur at the Sports & Wellness Center and the Fairgrounds. Different levels will rotate between the two locations. 
  • Sign up through signupgenius.com. When you get to the search page, type in the email box ryearous@ci.missoula.mt.us and type in the correct text for the captcha, then hit search. See sign up instructions.
  • The Sunday Round Robin will max out at 40 players. 
  • Please be respectful of other players when registering. Please do not sign up for a slot if you are not going to be able to attend. Please remove yourself from the sign up list if you cannot attend after signing up. 
Skills and Drills
Tuesdays 6-8pm
Come join us on Tuesdays to work on your your pickleball skills. We have the Missoula County Fairgrounds building #35 (Home Arts) reserved for you and your friends to work on the finer points of pickleball. These clinics will help you hone your skills to help you improve in the tournaments and open play. Space is limited, so please sign up early.
Sign up through signupgenius.comType in ryearous@ci.missoula.mt.us in the email slot, and type the text for the captcha, then hit search. 
Tournaments
You've tested your skills during Open Play, and competed in ladder league. Now let's see what you've got in one of our fun indoor tournaments. All levels welcome. Skill levels will be divided to encourage more equal competition. Tournament format will generally include pool play/single elimination play, or a true double-elimination bracket. 

Registration Forms are due one week before each tournament. 

Spring Fling Tournament Registration Form

Get Your Dink On Tournament Registration Form
Please note, Jacob Benson is running this tournament. Please submit all forms and payment to him at 10985 Bench Rod, Missoula, MT, 59808, or to jacobbenson7@gmail.com.

Tournament Dates

Tournament Date Location
Spring Fling Apr. 24 Sports & Wellness Center
Get Your Dink On June 4 Fort Missoula Park

Montana Open Pickleball Tournament


August 5-7, Friday-Sunday


Join us for the biggest Pickleball showdown in western Montana. We are excited to host the Montana Open and invite all of our Pickleball friends from around the state and/or region to join.

Detailed information regarding fees, lodging, schedules, events, etc. will be coming soon. 
Deadline to register Wednesday, July 20 by 7pm at Currents Aquatics Center
Fee: $25 for first event, $5 for each additional event

Summer Challenge Ladder


Meet and play other comparably skilled payers. Sign up an an individual, and you'll be grouped in 4's each week based on your total points earned. You'll play 3 games to 15 while playing with and against everyone in your group. Join the ladder any time before the 5th week of the session. The sooner you join, the more games you can play. Ladder games will be played each Wednesday, and schedules will be mailed each week. 
Session I: May 4 - July 13
Session II: July 30 - September 28
Game Days and times: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Times change to 5-7pm beginning September 7 due to shorter days.
Fee: $15 per participant, per session
Registration: Register by calling 721-PARK with a Visa or MasterCard, or stop in to Currents Aquatics Center.

Pickleball Paloozas

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Fort Missoula Pickleball Courts


Sunday, May 1, 4-6pm


Join us for our kickoff of outdoor Pickleball in Missoula. We'll be introducing the sport and playing a round or two throughout the event. All equipment will be provided by Missoula Parks and Recreation. Best of all, the event is FREE, so bring your friends and family. 

Saturday, September 24, 10am - 12pm


Join us for a celebration of another great season of outdoor Pickleball in Missoula. We'll introduce the sport to beginners and play a fun round robin with experienced players. All equipment will be provided. Best of all, this event is FREE, so bring your friends and family.