Indoor Pickleball Courts

Pickleball: A Lively Racket Game For All Ages and Abilities

Whether you’re fifteen, eighty-five or somewhere in between, Pickleball is easy to learn and play!

Pickle-ball was created with one thing in mind: fun. 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. Pickle-ball is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves. For the uninitiated, pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and games take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn.

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Sky fitness is proud to announce United Pickleball Management, LLC (UPM) will be handling the management and day to day operations for the pickleball courts.

We are implementing a staggered membership for the pickleball program:
Full Membership – $86/month
Pickleball Membership – $49/month

Full Membership Benefits

  • Full access to all amenities
  • Reduced price on all lesson/leagues/privates, etc.
  • Court rental 7 days in advance *

Full Membership Benefits

  • NO club privileges (Including: group exercise, weights and club amenities, etc.)
  • Reduced price on all lesson/leagues/privates, etc.
  • Court rental 5 days in advance *

Court Reservation System ($10 per court / per hour)

  • Full Members may book a court 7 days in advance
  • Pickleball Members may book a court 5 days in advance
  • Non-Members may book a court 2 days in advance (must pay daily rate plus court fees or purchase a punch pass and pay court fees)

** This system will ensure the level of pickleball is appropriate with your group; UPM will be happy to facilitate the groups of play **

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Pickleball Group Lessons:

The fall group lesson program at Sky Fitness will be offering an eight week session starting October 19-December 20. Group lessons have a 4:1 ratio and are taught in either an hour, hour and half or two-hour weekly class based on skill level.

Intro To Pickleball (Beginner)

This class is for those that have never played Pickleball before or who have very limited experience.  The class will focus on Pickleball basics such as forehand and backhand shots, serving and court positioning. Players will also learn scoring and rules of the game through drills and playing time. The slower pace of this class will give players the opportunity to develop the skills needed to play this fun and energetic game.

Intermediate (2.75-3.25)

This class is for players who have some experience and want to move at a faster pace to improving their basic shots and strategies. Players will participate in challenging drills to work on consistency in forehand and backhand shots, serving, volleying, dinks and lobs. Through supervised practice matches played each week during drill time, players will get the chance to take their game to the next level by learning how to play smarter, not harder.

Advanced (3.25 & Above)

This class is for our most advanced players wanting to continue both technical and strategical development to their games. During the session, the pro staff will alternate themes each week between technique (hitting with spin or blocking more efficiently) to strategical (winning patterns of play offense vs defense). Supervised match play will also be implemented with our 4:1 ratio for each class for the pro staff to observe themes taught during drill time.

Leagues:

We will be offering organized league play for those wishing to have a set game each week. For the various leagues offered, we will have two different formats that will be used: “Top Gun”  & “Play With A Partner”.

Top Gun Leagues

These leagues will be played with a set amount of players where everyone plays with everyone on your assigned court. For example, if we have 16 players in a league, we will have four courts of play ranking from top court and progress down. Each of the four players on a court will partner with one another and play a total of three games up to 11 (winning by one) against the other two players. A single tally point will be given for each individual game won. At the end of the round, players will then switch partners for another series of three games, and then do the third round so that everyone has an opportunity to play with everyone on their assigned court. Whoever wins the most games will move up a court for the next week, while the one who comes up short, will move down a court. The middle two players will stay on the same court and not move. What’s nice about this format is the opportunity to let your paddle do the talking for yourself and play at an appropriate level amongst peers. A total of nine games up to 11 will be played by each individual during each league play.

Play With A Partner Leagues

These leagues will be played with a set amount of teams where you enter the league with a partner and stay with that partner for the duration of the league. Format is based on an equal rotation of matches played weekly where teams are placed in a different round robin grouping each week, and you play against those teams in your group assigned that day. Play will be three games up to 11 (win by one) against each of the teams in your grouping that day. Total games played will be nine for the entire day – three individual games against each team in your grouping. A single tally point will be kept weekly for total games won and a standings list will be sent out weekly for all teams placements. Groups with teams will be rotated each week so that all will have the same opportunity to play against one another evenly.

Court and Gear:

Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickleball paddles, made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. Courts at Sky are state of the art DecoTurf® the same surface as the US OPEN. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.

Rules Of The Game:

In addition to the modified net and gear, there are several key rules in Pickleball that help make the game more accessible. In tennis, and many net sports, games are often won and lost by the power of the serve. In Pickleball, the ball must bounce once on each side before volleys are allowed. This opens the game to more players and extends play for added fun. Scroll below for more details on the rules.

Learn From a Pro:

Our head Pickleball coach, Chuck Feinstein, is the 2017 National Championship Winner, 2018 Nation Championship Medalist, 2 Time U.S. Open Medalist, 2 Time Great Lakes Regional Champion, 2 Time Illinois State Champion, and your coach!

Helpful Pickleball Resources

Pickleball Rules Summary

The following is an abbreviated form of the rules to give a quick overview of how the game is played. Click here to see the official rules. If there is a conflict between this summary and the official rules, the official rules prevail.

Basic Rules Overview

  • Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common.
  • The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles

The Serve

  • The serve must be made underhand.
  • Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
  • The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
  • The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
  • Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve and lands on the proper service court; let serves are replayed).

Service Sequence

  • Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault *(except for the first service sequence of each new game).
  • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right/even court.
  • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left/odd court.
  • As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.
  • When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of the game*).
  • The second server continues serving until his team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team.
  • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right/even court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
  • In singles the server serves from the right/even court when his or her score is even and from the left/odd when the score is odd.
  • *At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.

Scoring

  • Points are scored only by the serving team.
  • Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
  • Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by 2.
  • When the serving team’s score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right/even court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left/odd court when serving or receiving.

Two-Bounce Rule

  • When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
  • After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
  • The two-bounce rule eliminates the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.

Non-Volley Zone

  • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
  • Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.
  • It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines.
  • It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens.
  • A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
  • The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.”

Line Calls

  • A ball contacting any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.”
  • A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault.

Faults

  • A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation.
  • A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team.
  • A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side out.

Determining Serving Team

  • Any fair method can be used to determine which player or team has first choice of side, service, or receive. (Example: Write a 1 or 2 on the back of the score sheet.)
Source: https://www.usapa.org/rules-summary/
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