What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a paddle sport played on a scaled down size tennis court, utilizing wooden or composite paddles and a plastic wiffleball. It combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be played singles or doubles. The rules of Pickleball are simple and the game is easy for beginners of all ages to learn. Games can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competition for players of all skill levels.
FREE Pickleball Clinic
New to Pickleball and want to know what all the hype is about? Register for the Intro to Pickleball Clinic for beginners. You will learn the rules of the game and basic play.
No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.
The clinic is open to both Y members and non-members ages 16 years and older
Choose a Date:
Sunday, December 12th 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Thursday, December 16th 10:00 am-11:00 am
Somerville YMCA Pickleball Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Free for Members
$12 for a Day Pass for Non-Members
The net will be set up in the gymnasium for pick-up play on a first come/first serve basis. If more than one group want to play, please be courteous and rotate play. If Pickleball grows we will institute a registration process.
The Y will supply paddles, but feel free to bring your own. Indoor balls will also be available to use. Please collect the balls and paddles after play and return to the ball caddy provided.
The court will be mapped out with markers. Official Pickleball rules will be on hand.
*Masks/Face Coverings must be worn while playing per the City of Somerville Indoor Mask Mandate.
The Five Basic Pickleball Rules Are:
- Serving must be underhand from the baseline, diagonally crosscourt, and the serve cannot land in the no-volley zone (kitchen).
- The serving player/team must let the return of serve bounce.
- The ball must stay in bounds during play and bounce no more than once per side.
- Players cannot hit the ball in the air when in the kitchen.
- Games are played to 11, win by two. Points are only scored by the serving player/team. There are more rules to the game, but these five will help you to get started. Have fun!