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. Clinics are free. For ages 12+. Clinics meet the second Monday of each month at Fort Missoula Tennis Courts. Pre-registration is appreciated. Learn to Play Clinics are at the Sports and Wellness Center in the City Life building at 1515 Fairview Ave. 

           Learn to Play Dates

Date
Fee Time
Feb. 13 $5 Saturday, 1-3pm
Mar. 12 $5 Saturday, 1-3pm
Apr. 9 $5 Saturday, 1-3pm
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
Sundays, 12-2
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. 
Fee is $15 per participant. 

Registration Forms are due one week before each tournament. 

Clover Showdown Registration Form

Tournament Dates

Tournament Date
Clover Showdown Mar. 20
Spring Fling Apr. 24
Ladder League
Jan. 9 - Mar. 19, Saturdays 9-11am
A fun way to compete with fellow pickleball players. Play one match per week and move up or down the ladder based on overall points earned each week. We will group foursomes each week based on your scores. You will move up or the down the ladder, and eventually settle into play at your skill level. As players improve, they'll move up the ladder and compete at a higher level. 
Fee is $35 per participant. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 6.