The Fun and Fitness of Pickleball

An Introduction to Pickleball

Pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements from badminton and tennis, is gaining popularity among players of all ages and skill levels. Played with small wooden paddles and a perforated plastic ball, the game is easy to learn and can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. With its low impact nature, pickleball is not only a fun activity but also a great way to promote adult and kids’ health.

Indoor Pickleball at Apex Center

If you’re looking to play pickleball indoors, the Apex Center offers drop-in sessions included with the daily admission fee. The courts are available from Monday to Friday, with four courts open from 8 am to 12 pm. On Sundays, there are drop-in sessions from 9 am to 1 pm. However, remember to bring your own pickleball balls as they are not provided.

Indoor Pickleball at Simms Street Recreation Center

For those interested in indoor pickleball, the Simms Street Recreation Center also offers drop-in sessions. The drop-in fees vary depending on your age and residency status. The center also accepts tier 1 passes, such as Silversneakers and Renew Active, as well as other insurance-based memberships. The drop-in hours are on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3 pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 12-3 pm.

Indoor Pickleball at Secrest Recreation Center

Another option for indoor pickleball is the Secrest Recreation Center. The drop-in fees are similar to the Simms Street Recreation Center, and they also accept tier 1 passes, Silversneakers, and other insurance-based memberships. The drop-in hours are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 am to 2 pm.

Outdoor Pickleball at Marquardt-Miles

If you prefer playing pickleball outdoors, the Marquardt-Miles outdoor court is a great option. However, please note that courts 1-4 and 9-16 will be closed from July 5 through the first week of August for resurfacing. To ensure a smooth experience, it is advisable to make reservations in advance. If you encounter any issues with court availability, the staff at the Simms Street Recreation Center can help you resolve them.

Enjoying Pickleball Year-Round

If you’re looking to play pickleball during specific times of the year, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the hours and availability. The prime-time hours, from April 1 to October 31, are from 8 am to 12 pm for most months, except June, July, and August when they are from 7-11 am. During these hours, courts are available for drop-ins, rentals, and specific pass holders.

On weekdays, free play hours are from 11 am to 6 pm during June, July, and August, and from 12-6 pm during April, May, September, and October. Weekends offer more flexibility, with free play hours from 7 am to 10 pm. However, it’s important to note that scheduled tournaments may take priority over regular free court time.

Pickleball Leagues, Tournaments, and Mixers

To enhance your pickleball experience, you can participate in pickleball leagues, tournaments, and mixers. The leagues run for six weeks, with ten games and playoffs. Divisions are available for different skill levels and genders. Tournaments are held throughout the year, with the Apex Foundation Memorial Tournament in May and the Apex Boos and Paddles Tournament in October, among others.

If you’re looking for a more social and casual experience, pickleball mixers are held at the Apex Center and Secrest Recreation Center. These mixers run for six weeks and offer various levels of play. Additionally, skills and drills classes are available for those looking to improve their game through repetitive drilling. These classes cater to different skill levels and focus on specific pickleball techniques.

Explore the World of Pickleball

Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the sport, pickleball offers an inclusive and enjoyable experience. With its combination of skill, strategy, and social interaction, it’s no wonder this sport is gaining popularity worldwide. So grab your paddle and give pickleball a try – you might just discover your new favorite activity!

For more information on pickleball lessons or additional inquiries, contact Tim Jenkins at 303.420.6280 or email timothyj@apexprd.org.

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