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.  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.


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.  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.  What’s the next step after 101? Pickleball 102 will help you hone in your skills. Click on calendar for scheduled sessions,  the PB-101 and PB-102 programs are temporarily suspended do to Covid-19.


Existing 2019 members will pay $100 plus 7% sales tax.
(you will need the code you’ve been provided to join)

New members will pay $200 (includes a $100 initiation fee) plus 7% sales tax.  We do not prorate.

Identification tags and silicone wristbands will be issued to all members. You must wear your wristband when playing at the courts.

Lifetime members do NOT need to sign up. You will receive a form to complete. A lifetime membership is available to people who donate a total of $1,000 or more to our Fundraiser account.

Our daily drop in fee is $10 seven days a week starting at 8am. Please see the gatekeeper at the South gate to sign waiver and pay fee. You will be issued a wristband that is good for the entire day. 

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.


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.


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 – Sun 8:00 AM drop in fee    See Map

  • Vero – South County Park, no set times  free   See Map

  • Vero – Intergenerational Center –  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9 AM to Noon drop in fee See Map

  • Sebastian Pickleball Complex , no set times free  See Map

  • Sebastian – Schumann Park, Monday – Friday 5 PM. free   See Map

Competition Play:

Are you the competitive type? If so, Pickleball may just be for you. In addition to the social activities usually found on the courts there are also numerous Regional, State, 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 the United States of America Pickleball Association  USAPA.org.

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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Check out our Calendar Page for our upcoming events.