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 the Sports & Wellness Center (gym located inside the City Life Community Center) located at 1515 Fairview Ave. Cost is $5/person. Purchase a 10-session punch card for $40, a 20-session punch card for $70, or a 30-session punch card for $90.

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.

Open Play Schedule

Sunday 4 - 6pm
Monday 5 - 6:45pm
Tuesday 11am - 1pm
Wednesday 3:45 - 6:45pm
Thursday 9 - 11am
Friday 1 - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 12pm
Learn to Play Clinics
Join us for 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 Sports and Wellness Center located at 1515 Fairview Ave in the City Life building. Pre-registration is appreciated. 
Clinics meet 12-1pm
Fee is $5 per participant

           Learn to Play Dates

April 18
May 11
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
Pickleball
Tournaments
You’ve been to the Learn to Play clinics, tested your skills during Open Play, and received a taste of the competition during the ladder league…now let’s see what you’ve got in one of our fun indoor tournaments! Come play with friends and learn a little bit more about what it feels like to participate in a tournament setting. All levels welcome. Tournament format will depend on number of teams and skill levels registered, but generally involve pool play/single-elimination play or a true double-elimination bracket. Skill levels will be split to encourage more equal competition. No registration form required. Tournaments run 12-6pm.
Fee: $15 per participant.
Spring Fling is Sunday, April 26. To register, print the registration form and bring it to Currents with payment. Or, you can mail in the registration form with payment. 
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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 I: May 6 - July 15
Session II: July 22 - September 30

Games played on Wednesday, 6-8pm
Fee is $15 per participant per session. 
Pickleball Palooza
May 2 and 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!

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