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 Open Play 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.

Indoor Open Play sessions are played at Fort Missoula Tennis Courts. Open Play sessions are free. 

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.
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. Clinics are free. For ages 12+. Clinics meet the second Monday of each month at Fort Missoula Tennis Courts. Pre-registration is appreciated. Clinics are free. 
Clinics meet 6:30-8:30pm

New this summer is the Novice/Intermediate Clinics on Monday, June 15 and 22, 5:30-6:30pm. These clinics are meant for players who have little to some experience playing and want to learn the next steps. Space is limited to 8 participants per sessoin. Register early to ensure your spot by calling 721-PARK. Please only register for one of the sessions to allow room for other players to attend a clinic. 

           Learn to Play Dates

August 10
September 14
Pickleball
Summer Challenge Ladder
Meet and play other comparably skilled players. Sign up as an individual and you’ll be grouped in 4’s each week based on your total point percentage. You’ll play 3 games to 15 while playing with and against everyone in your group. Join the ladder any time before September 1, but the sooner you register, the more games you can play! Ladder games will be played each Wednesday and schedules will be emailed each week.

Session II: July 22 - September 30

Games played on Wednesday, 6-8pm
Fee is $15 per participant per session. 
Pickleball Palooza
October 3, 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 by Missoula Parks and Recreation. Best of all, the event is FREE, so bring your friends and family. At Fort Missoula tennis courts.
Montana Open Pickleball Tournament
Friday - Sunday, August 14 - 16
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. You can sign up for Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Men's and Women's Singles. To register, print the registration form and bring it to Currents with payment. Or, you can mail in the registration form with payment. You can also call 721-PARK to pay over the phone, and we'll fill out the registration form for you!

Please note the schedule has changed from the original publication of the registration form. The schedule is now:
Friday: Men's Singles & Women's Doubles
Saturday: Men's Doubles & Women's Singles
Sunday: Mixed Doubles
Montana Open Reg Form Button
More Court Lines at Fort Missoula - We Need Your Help!
We need to raise $1,200 to add new lines to the tennis courts at Fort Missoula. Any and all donations are helpful and much appreciated. If you would like to donate any amount, please fill out the donation form and turn it in to Parks and Recreation at 600 Cregg Ln., Missoula, MT, 59801. All donors will be thanked at the Pickleball Pizza Party on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30pm. If you have any questions, please call Ryan Yearous at 552-6266.