• Jaida Diaz

Pickleball Fever is Sweeping the Nation


(Source:https://www.ussportscamps.com/tips/pickleball/what-is-pickleball)


The fun family activity is currently the fastest growing sport in the United States. According to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), approximately three million people play in the U.S. and the sport has had a more than 600 percent increase in players in the last five years. Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played indoors or out on a doubles badminton-sized court (20’X24’) with a slightly modified tennis net. The same court is used for doubles or singles. Some places have specific pickleball courts, while others modify an existing badminton or tennis court.


The aspects that people enjoy about pickleball is that is can be played by people of all ages and skill levels, can be played as singles or doubles, and it is inexpensive to play. In order to play, you will need a pickleball paddle and balls. Most paddles today are made from lightweight composite materials such as aluminum and graphite. The paddles are smaller than a tennis racquet, but larger than a ping-pong paddle. The ball is unique from other sports and has holes in it. There are different balls for indoor and outdoor use. Balls come in a variety of colors, but need to be a solid color to be official. If you are not playing on a private or public court, and would like to play at home, you will also need to get pickleball

net which is 36” high at the sidelines and 34” in the middle.



Although the game has been around since 1965, it is just in the last few years that it has reached this level of popularity. Three dads raising their kids outside of Seattle on Bainbridge Island in 1965, Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum, created the game for their children who were bored with their usual summertime activities. It has since evolved to a sport with official rules and equipment and is played throughout the United States and Canada, and picking up speed in European and Asian countries as well. Some schools are starting to offer the sport as part of their physical education programs and it is now popping up at parks, camps, country clubs, sports facilities, and retirement communities.


Here are some nearby pickleball courts and clubs you can check out:


Brookside Racquet & Swim Club

480 Brookside Ave

Allendale, NJ 07401

(201) 825-2665

Has 7 outdoor pickleball courts

Fee: $10


City Sports On 4

62 Route 4 East

Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 567-1111

info@citysportson4.com

Tuesdays from 10:00 am—2:00 pm

$14 fee


Dudiak Park – Clifton

25 Stony Hill Road

Clifton, NJ 07013

Dudiak Park

https://www.facebook.com/cliftonpickleball/ cliftonpickleball@gmail.com

Free


Fair Lawn Racquet Club

11-19 Saddle River Road

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Website

Weekday Afternoons And Weekends

Fee: $10 Per Session

Contact George Cheah 2018578906 - Send Email


Florham Park Recreation Department

107 Ridgedale Ave,

Florham Park, NJ

Contact: Michele@MDPickleball.net

They feature two paint-lined tennis courts making 4 pickleball courts with portable nets that are stored safely in a shed by the courts. TeamReach is used to coordinate play sessions.


Fort Lee Courts

Fort Lee, NJ and William Birch Park Pickleball Courts

1500 Stillwell Ave.

Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am, and other days (check website)

Fee: Resident of Fort Lee pays $5 for use card

For more information contact Norman Levy at (201)913-4076 - Send Email


Ridgewood Pickleball Central

Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club

915 Glenview Rd

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

(201) 447-1503

Offers introductory clinics, practice drills, kids & family programs, open play days, and a variety of open competition programs. Pickleball paddles, balls, and equipment can be purchased on-site.


Leonia Courts

Overpeck Park-Ridgefield Park Pickleball Courts

40 Fort Lee Road

Leonia, NJ 07605

All levels of play on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 8:30 am in Summer, later in Fall and Spring.

Beginner lessons available. Play is on modular court tiles.

7 days a week. Daylight and night lights. Groups on M-W-F at 8:30 am

Free

For more information contact Norman Levy at 2019134076 - Send Email


Oakland

Sky Pickleball

63 Oak Street

Oakland, NJ 07436

Monday & Thursday 6:30-9:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am-11:30

$12 fee

For more information contact John Garvin at (914) 409 6659 - Send Email


Township of Washington

Bethany Community Center

605 Pascack Rd , Bergen County

Township of Washington, NJ 07676

Brand new facility. Three courts with permanent play lines in the large gym. Open play is drop in. Skill level play and clinics are reservation only. Email premierpickleball@gmail.com for the link to the schedule and to sign up for skill level play. Indoor runs Sept.- June. No outdoor courts at this time.


ForeverYoung Pickleball Program Westwood

The tennis court located on the west side of the McKinley Park facility is reserved for open Play pickleball on:

- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9am-12pm

- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5pm-8pm

- Saturdays: 9am-12pm

(schedule subject to change)

We have installed a storage box with 2 pickleball nets inside. Once registered, players will be given the code to the combo lock. All players must be registered with the Recreation Department. This is a free program for Westwood residents. For More Information Call 201-664-7882.  If you’d like to join our Pickleball Program, please register via Community Pass.

https://www.westwoodnj.gov/345/Pickleball


Pickleball Program (Northern New Jersey)

Northern, NJ

To join a group contact: Steve Lavorgna:

killshot@optonline.net

They have over 25 active players, mostly novices. Games usually take place on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and occasionally on a Sunday evening. Games can be arranged at Fredon (near Sparta), Hacketstown, Wayne, and other Northern NJ places


Level Up Pickleball Camps – New Jersey


LifeTime Pickleball


New Jersey Pickleball Association


North Jersey Pickleball League


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