Indoor Pickleball Courts
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.
Sky Fitness Winter/Spring 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 Pickleball Membership Benefits
- “Just Pickleball Play” (weights, classes, showers, bath towels, all amenities NOT ALLOWED)
- 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 purchase a day pass and pay court fees)
All programs will be first come first serve and must be paid for upon enrollment
League pricing reduced by 20%!
All league players must be certain that they are up to the skills of the play level. If there is any question your skills should be
reviewed by one of our teaching pros.
All League players are committed to play every week and it is your responsibility to get an adequate replacement if you cannot or are not going to play on any given day!
Enrollment for the NEW SESSION OPENS 12/7/21!
2021-2022 Sky Fitness Winter/Spring Pickleball Program
The Fall group lesson program at Sky Fitness will be offering (2) ten-week session starting October 4th, 2021.(No classes/leagues for four weeks). The second session will run January 17th thru March 27th. Privates, semi-privates, P+3 and P+4 will be offered the entire year.
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. All classes will be 1.5 hours; one hour of instruction and a half hour of play.
Pro + 3 or 4
This is a great drill session with the pro of your choice with match play strategy session; the Pro will offer suggestions for each student’s game, playing in when necessary; a great time to have the Pro tailor the lesson to your specific needs.
We will be offering organized league play for those wishing to have a set game each week. Listed below are the leagues that will be offered:
Round Robin Leagues
This league will be set up where all players will play with and against all players in their league; there will be 3 rounds (40 minutes each round); players will switch partners and opponents every 40 minutes. This is a great way to meet and play with other players. A fun experience for all players.
Davis Cup Team Men’s League
Davis Cup Team will be played 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday with 30 players drafted on two (2) teams of 15 players. We will ask two club members to be captains and they will do the weekly lineups accordingly to strength; courts 1 – 5. Only 10 players will play each week from each team; most players will average seven (7) dates and will only be charged for 7 weeks (pre-paid). The reason for this is the challenge with finding subs. Having extra players on each team (5 per team) will allow the team captain to pull from the team rosters when players cancel at the last minute.
Fee for 7 weeks for full members is $16; $19 for pball members; captains will not be charged league fee.
Each week scores will be calculated; there will be a UPM staff member on all dates.
This league will be offered to 3 divisions (3.0, 3.5 and 4.0); all doubles teams can be gender or mixed; you must stay with your partner the duration of the league. Matches will be arranged on their own time and set up with the on-line booking system. You must book 90 minutes for warm up and three (3) games to 15; win by one. The players will pay their own court fees and an administrative fee of $35 per person. Balls are provided by the players, or teaching balls can be provided. Scores will be reported to Ken/Dana and team standings will be emailed with the results.
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.
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 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.)
The History of Pickleball
How Pickleball Came To Be
Pickle-ball is a game for the whole family. So it’s only fitting that it was invented by a family, too. The game got its start back in 1965, in Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride away from Seattle, WA
When Congressmen Joel Pritchard, William Bell and Barney McCallum came home from a game of golf one day to find their kids bored and restless, they set out to create a game that would engage them through the lazy days of summer.
They wanted to create a game that would be challenging, but still accessible. They handed the kids table tennis paddles and a wiffle ball, and lowered the net on their badminton court. In the coming days both kids and adults alike fell in love with the game, and as they played the rules evolved (to include the non-volley zone, for instance) and solidified to their present incarnation.
The Early Years of Pickleball
Pickle-ball caught on fast with friends and neighbors. People began making their own Pickle-ball paddles, which were more suited to the game than table tennis paddles, using a wood jigsaws and marine plywood. Those who had access to badminton courts simply lowered the net. Others set up courts in their driveways and backyards, drawing lines with chalk. News of the fun new game spread by word-of-mouth.
Evolution of Pickle-Ball
Pickle-ball continued to gain in popularity over the years for players of all ages, and in 1972, Pickle-ball Inc. was officially incorporated to give the game a proper hub and keep up with the demand for paddles, balls, nets and other gear.
Today Pickle-ball is played all over the world. According to a recent article there are more than 2,000,000 people playing Pickle-ball® in the US alone, and the game is growing exponentially. Play today at our incredible US Open Style indoor pickleball courts.
Learn More About Pickleball
- Barrett Kincheloe, the guy behind Pickleball Kitchen: https://pickleballkitchen.com/starthere/
- How To Play Pickleball: https://www.pickleball.com/rules-how-to-play-pickleball-s/106.htm
- USA Pickleball Association (USAPA): https://www.usapa.org/