Pickleball is named after the inventor's dog who kept running off with the ball. The sport is a little like tennis and a bit like table tennis. Players use a whiffle type ball, the courts are about a third of the size of a tennis court. The court can be setup indoors or outdoors The net that divides the court is similar to a tennis net but sits 2” lower. The whiffle ball is made of polymer and the paddles which look like oversized table tennis paddles are made of wood or a composite material.
Like other racquet sports, there’s singles or doubles play, but overall, the action is less demanding than tennis due to the smaller court size and slower speed of the ball.
Pickleball is great for all ages and skill levels. It’s easy to learn; children can play as well as adults. Many seniors and senior communities are attracted to it. Central Florida is touted as the “pickleball capital of the world” with The Villages, a retirement community near Orlando, boasting of over 108 courts.
Come join us at two of our recreation centers! Volunteers will help you learn to play and you can borrow equipment while you play at the centers!!
Northside Recreation Center
900 Annafrel Street
Mondays - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (except for the 2nd Monday each month)
Boyd Hill Recreation Center
1165 Constitution Boulevard
Every Thursday - 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday following the 2nd Monday each month - 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM