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Pickleball? In Atlanta?

But What Exactly is Pickleball?

Want to play tennis but too strenuous for you? Or maybe you used to play but it is too hard on your knees. Have you tried pickleball? Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America.

Pickleball BallThis particular game is gaining recognition throughout the country. Both young and old alike can and do play the game. Since pickleball was invented in the 60’s, its popularity has grown. The Atlanta Pickleball Association lists the rules of the game as well as listing tournaments that are available. Visit the site and sign up for the newsletter. Who knew there was so much information available about pickleball.

It certainly is not tennis, nor is it ping pong. Pickleball is played on a court about 1/2 the size of a tennis court and the net is 2″ shorter in the middle. The paddles are usually square and the ball is about the size of a baseball but more like a whiffle ball. The regulation paddle is a total of 24 inches in circumference. Professionals use a paddle that is longer than wider but most players have a square paddle. Onix has quite a few paddles and balls as well as nets for sale. It is easy to transform a tennis court to 2 pickleball courts.

According to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), pickleball is “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 with holes. Played as doubles or singles.” 

Everyone Can Play

What if you have never played tennis or any other court game before. You can do this! Many of the places for pickleball Atlanta are free. Completely free. They will loan you a ball and a racquet. If you do not have a partner, again no problem. Most players are very courteous and are willing to play a game with anyone and everyone. As a rule, the players are genuinely interested in getting new members to join their game!

It is a relatively fast-paced game as each set only lasts at most 15 minutes. With a smaller court, there is less running and therefore it puts less stress on your joints, especially your knees. Because the ball is like a whiffle ball, it is not too fast nor too hard to hit. For us seniors, it is easier on your body but still athletic. You can have a great and fun workout by playing pickleball. It is a game that all seniors can learn and get fit by playing.

There is a blog devoted to all things pickleball. Check it out at Pickleball Central. In addition, there is a USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). And not to forget The Atlanta Pickleball Association (ATLPBA) and Georgia Pickleball. If you get hooked on the game visit onix pickleball. It has more information and is a great place to get your equipment.

 

Where to Play in Atlanta

  1. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
    5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody, GA
  1. Membership desk  (678) 812-4060
  2. Schedule: Monday: 7:30 am to 11:30 am; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm; Saturday: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  3. Membership required
  4. Balls and racquets are provided
  5. There are no lessons but Monday is the best day for beginners.
  6. Do not need a partner to play

 

  1. Ebster Gym (affiliated with Decatur Recreation Center) (updated July 2018)
    105 Electric Ave. , Decatur, GA
  1. Pickleball Supervisor (678) 553-6563
  2. Schedule: Wednesdays: April thru Oct. 2:30 pm to 6 pm
  3. Schedule: Wednesdays: November thru March 2:30 to 5 pm
  4. Schedule: Tuesdays: 11:15 am to 2 pm
  5. Free for Decatur residents or $3.00 if not a resident
  6. Balls and racquets are provided
  7. There are no lessons but experienced players are happy to help you learn the game
  8. Do not need a partner to play

 

  1. Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead
    1160 Moores Mill Road, Atlanta, GA
  1. Membership desk (404) 350-9292
  2. Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 am to 12 pm
  3. YMCA membership required for play
  4. Balls and racquets are provided
  5. There are no lessons but experienced players are happy to help you learn the game
  6. Do not need a partner to play

 

  1. Rock Gym, Stone Mountain
    930 Ridge Avenue, Stone Mountain, GA
  1. No need to call
  2. Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:30 pm to 9 pm
  3. No fee
  4. A few racquets are available but “regulars” bring their own
  5. There are no lessons but experienced players are happy to help you learn the game
  6. Do not need a partner to play

 

  1. East Roswell Recreation Center 
    9000 Fouts Road, Roswell, GA
  1. Best to call first (770) 594-6134
  2. Schedule: Monday: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Wednesday: 5:30 pm to 8 pm
  3. Fee for 10 sessions: racquet sports play pass: $20 resident, $30 non-resident. Quarterly passes are available.
  4. A few balls and racquets are available
  5. There are no lessons
  6. You may prefer to bring a partner and badminton is available if unable to play pickleball

 

  1. Decatur Family YMCA
    1100 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, GA
  1. No need to call if a YMCA member
  2. If not a member & want to try out the sport call Jan Lawton at 404-371-3306 for info and a pass
  3. Schedule: Monday, Wednesday: 9 am to 12 pm; Friday: 11:45 am to 1:45 pm
  4. Fee included with YMCA membership
  5. Racquets and balls available
  6. There are no lessons but experienced players are happy to help you learn the game
  7. Do not need a partner to play

 

  1. Robert D Fowler YMCA Peachtree Corners
    5600 W. Jones Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA
  1. No need to call
  2. Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am to 12 pm; Tuesday and Friday: 10 am to 1 pm
  3. Fee included with YMCA membership
  4. Racquets and balls available
  5. There are no lessons but experienced players are happy to help you learn the game
  6. Do not need a partner to play

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