Try out the fastest growing sport around! Similar to ping pong, badminton, and tennis, it’s a fun, active game that can be mastered by anyone, from youth to senior citizens. This program is for adults, ages 18 and older. Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 and is currently the fastest growing sport in the United States. It is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches, and uses a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles.
***PLEASE READ BELOW FOR DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH SESSION LEVEL AND BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THE CORRECT SESSION BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE AND/OR ABILITY. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECREATION STAFF WILL REMOVE A PLAYER FROM A SESSION WHO DOES NOT REGISTER FOR THE APPROPRIATE SESSION.***
BEGINNER: No racket sport experience.
ADVANCED BEGINNER: Some racket sport experience but not familiar with Pickleball rules/strategy/scoring or already taken Beginner course.
LOW INTERMEDIATE: Some racket sport experience, combined with some strategy experience and athletic ability. Generally, gets serve in box and understands rules and scoring. Working on 3rd shot.
INTERMEDIATE & ABOVE: Pickleball experience, strategy and mobility. Strong in most shots; forehand, backhand, 3rd shots, dinks, lobs and smashes. Has a slow as well as fast game.
Due to popularity of this program, registration for Session I will open on Wednesday, September 4th at 8:00AM for Reading residents only. Non-residents can register the following day on Thursday, September 5th at 8:00AM, if space is available.
Registration for Session II will open on Wednesday, October 2nd at 8:00AM for Reading residents only. Non-residents can register the following day on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:00AM, if space is available.