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.
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. Open Play sessions are $5/person. Purchase a 10-session punch card for $40, or a 20-session punch card for $70.
Parks and Recreation will provide the nets, paddles, and balls for each session,
or bring your own paddle and/or ball.
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 May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 3, and October 13
Join us for free 1-hour Learn to Play clinics throughout the winter months. 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 the Fort Missoula tennis courts. Pre-registration is appreciated.
Come play with friends and learn a bit more about what if feels like to participate in a tournament setting. All levels welcome. Tournament format will depend on the number of teams and skill levels registered, but generally involve pool play/single-elimination play, or a true double-elimination bracket. Tournament registration is due one week before each tournament. Games are scheduled 12pm-6pm. Fee is $15 per participant.
Tournaments are on the following days:
Sunday, Mar. 23
Sunday, Apr. 27
Summer Challenge Ladder May 1 - October 1, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
Meet and play other comparably skilled players. Choose from a variety of
different ladders: Men’s & Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles. You can sign
up for as many ladders for which you qualify. 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 for the following week will
be available each Friday. $15 per participant, $12 with CityCard.