Frequently asked questions

What is pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime. Here is a look at a well played game. You will get a sense of scoring, strokes, position-at-the-kitchen, dinking, serving, shot placement, etc.

How does one learn to play pickleball?

If you've played any raquet sport before, pickleball can be learned rather quickly. You might: ..sign up for The Gallery's Tuesday morning Practice n Play time slot. It is beginner friendly. ..find a friend who plays or wants to learn to play and go to a court ..sign up for a series of lessons at a local center.

Where does one buy a paddle?

Some paddles are available for loan from the desk at the Gallery. Paddles can be purchased on line, or at local sports stores.

Is any special clothing or other gear required?

Court shoes (shoes with smooth soles) are a requirement! Running shoes make you vulnerable to falling.