Combining elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong, pickleball is easy to learn and fun for all ages. The New Rochelle YMCA offers indoor open pickleball play, pickleball events, private pickleball lessons and other class options to learn the core of the game.

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. It combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong and is played with solid paddles and a perforated ball similar to a wiffle ball on a short solid court with a low net.

With a shorter court and lightweight paddles, pickleball is a game that can be enjoyed by all ages and can be played as singles or doubles. Doubles is the more common form of play.

How can I get started playing Pickleball?

During open pickleball, players can typically be broken up into beginner, intermediate and advanced courts. Players interested in getting started can join us for open pickleball and join in beginner play.

Paddles are provided for members to use until they are ready to purchase their own.

Players are encouraged to wear athletic attire that allows for easy movement and sneakers or non-marking shoes. Tennis shoes are recommended as they provide the best stability for side-to-side movement.

What are the rules of Pickleball?

Pickelball is a game played to 11 points and players can only score points when they, or their team, has the serve. Matches must be won by two points - meaning if one team as 11 points and another has 10, play continues until the higher scoring team is 2 points ahead.

Much like tennis or other racket sports, there are rules about serving and receiving a serve, places on the court that are out of play, etc.

Visit USAPA and read a comprehensive list of rules.