What is Pickleball?

A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It's a game for everyone!

Pickleball

Pickleball has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada.

The Basics

  1. A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  2. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
  3. Played with a paddle and a plastic ball.

Brief History Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game.

The Court

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play.
The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen").

Austin Parks and Recreation Department Pickleball Courts

  • Alamo Recreation Center, 2100 Alamo St. – Alamo Pavilion - 3 outdoor, covered courts. Open play pickleball on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00p. Nets and paddles are provided. Some dates may be blocked off for rentals or Parks and Recreation Department programs. For more information, please call (512) 974-5680.
  • Austin Tennis Center, 7800 Johnny Morris Road, 8 lighted outdoor courts with permanent nets that shares use with "Quick Start" junior tennis. Call 512-928-8119 for availability and fees.
  • Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St. – Jordan Hall – 1 Indoor Court. Open play pickleball on Tuesdays & Thursdays 1p-5:45p. Net and paddles are provided. Some date may be blocked off for rentals, events, or Parks and Recreation Department programs. For more information, please call (512) 978-2660
     
  • Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd., 4 indoor pickleball courts.  Free open play pickleball is available from 12-3pm every Tuesday and Thursday, call (512) 974-6090 for availability.
  • Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Ln. – Dottie Jordan Recreation Center – 2 outdoor courts, 1 indoor court. Open play pickleball on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00p. Nets and paddles are provided. Some dates may be blocked off for rentals or Parks and Recreation Department programs. For more information, please call (512) 978-2380.
     
  • Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 East Rundberg Lane, One indoor pickle ball court shared with an indoor basketball court, net provided. Open pickle ball play, Saturdays 10:00am -12:00pm first come first serve. Some dates may be blocked of for youth basketball league, rental, or special events. For more information please call (512) 978-2525.
  • Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street, 1 outdoor court shared with basketball, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • Little Zilker Neighborhood Park, 2016 Bluebonnet Lane,  2 outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • Mt. View Neighborhood Park, 900 Middlebie Road, 2 outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • Rosewood Neighborhood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave. 2 outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road, 4 courts striped off in their gym for indoor play. Open play pickleball for all levels is offered on Mondays from 6pm-9pm. Call for availability 512-444-6601.  2 outdoor, lighted courts shared with basketball, net not provided, first come, first serve.  ***July 9 – August 13th – Outdoor court only***

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