Pickleball Info for NEWCOMERS
The Pickleball University is open to all, and we have the friendliest players you could ever meet. But first a warning:
Pickleball is highly addictive! It is less a sport than a way of life. The play doesn’t begin and end on the courts but extends to friendship and fun in the form of social events, community outreach, and opportunities to volunteer and mentor. We are a friendly and generous group. We will ease you into the sport and have your back as you learn the game and become a part of the fellowship. You may find yourself playing in incredible heat for impossibly long hours and looking forward, with relish, to the next time you can do it all over again. Welcome to the fastest growing sport in the USA. You are in a real, but sweet pickle.
PS: You may also find yourself making horrible pickle puns.
READY TO LEARN?
Luckily Pickleball is a fairly simple game to learn and play and is relatively inexpensive too. You basically need a paddle, ball and tennis shoes and you’re ready to go. However, there are a few basics you need to do before you get on the courts.
If you are a tennis player (or former) this should be a piece of cake. For others it becomes more of a challenge. We recommend that before you go anywhere near the courts you watch videos from such sites as YouTube or from the National Association website, www.usapa.org. Next (if you are in Vero) you can visit the recreation department office and rent paddles and balls for only $1 per person.
You are also welcome to come to our weekly Pickleball 101 for FREE to see if you like the game well enough to continue. Pickleball 101 is a brief exposure to the game to see if you like it. You do not need equipment and this demonstration will last about 45 minutes. Click on calendar for scheduled sessions.
Before you are about to hit the ball (both serve and return) and keep score (which many of us still have problems with) you may want to join our Pickleball 102 clinic to hone your skills more so you can start playing with the regular groups. Click here for scheduled calendar sessions
You will need a good pair of court shoes, (no sandals!) and the soles should be white. Once you become serious, you can insure your safety and foot health by getting a good pair of court or tennis shoes.
Extra paddles and balls are on hand for players to try the game.
After the Pickleball 101 introduction, all players are encouraged to become members of Pickleball University. The cost to join our group is $72 for the year ($36 one time initiation fee and $36 for annual dues). After July 1st the annual dues are reduced to $18 but you will still be required to pay the $36 initiation fee for a total of $54. Or you may pay a fee of $3 per day to play. To join Pickle University, click here. Join
Rules & Tips:
All players should make themselves familiar with the rules. The official rules of pickleball and much more information about the game are found at http://usapa.org/officialrules/. To see how to play and get free instruction, Google Pickleball on YouTube. Also recommended is a visit to www.pickleballcoach.com for some great tips by the best coach in Florida.
Meet and Play Drop-in Procedure
Description: All courts are reserved and are available for members to play on Mon-Sat from 8AM to 2PM.
Check the calendar for those blocks of time which are reserved for drop-in sessions. A drop-in session is one in which players show up at any time between 8 and 2, without advance reservations, to play other drop-in players.
Eligibility: Players must be annual dues-paying members or pay a $3 drop-in fee for each play day in order to play in the drop-in sessions.
Rotation System for Waiting Players: If all the courts are in use, and you are ready to play, place your paddle (with your name on it) at the end of the line in the play rotation box next to the parking lot gate. As the courts become available, the departing players will call out your name for play. After you complete a game, you will do the same for the next foursome.
Court Assignments: All courts are available for play by any skill level. Players are expected to observe and make individual decisions regarding where they choose to play on any given day.
Where to play!
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US with courts springing up everywhere. To find a complete list throughout the US you can check out “Places to Play” on the national site.
Here are some local play facilities:
Vero – Pocahontas Park, Mon – Sat 8:00 AM – 2PM See Map
Vero – South County Park, no set times See Map
Vero – Intergenerational Center – Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9AM to Noon See Map
Sebastian – Schumann Park, Monday – Friday 5PM. See Map
Are you the competitive type? If so, Pickleball may just before you. In addition to the social activities usually found on the courts there are also numerous regional, State, Regional and National tournaments you can get involved with.
Generally you enter these tournaments by age, skill level, gender or a combination of all. Skill levels range from a 2.5 to 5.0 rating. To see how your skill stacks up visit the USAPA Player Ratings page at USAPA.org.
The United States of America Pickleball Association are our supporting body and they have a wealth of information on their website to you grow as an individual and a club member in Pickleball. You can visit the site at usapa.org and get a great education on the sport we have all grown to love.
Their goal is to promote Pickleball throughout the world and your support will help that cause.
To learn more about the world of Pickleball please visit http://www.usapa.org/ and join their organization.
Thank you for your interest. We are here at Pickle U. and we look forward to seeing YOU on the court!
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