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 has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada.
A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
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.
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 rigt 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
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.
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 availabilty.
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
Pan American Neighborhood Park, 2100 E. 3rd Street, 3 lighted outdoor courts with permanent nets. Free and 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***