Friendship Recreation Area is now open for Pickleball Play.
Pickleball is fun, social and accessible for most people. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Pickleball is played with a solid paddle and plastic, perforated ball. It combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis and is played on a court that is the size of a doubles badminton court and with a net similar to tennis but a slight bit lower.
On Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1965 in an effort to cure the boredom of their children, three dads, Joel, Bill, and Barney invented the popular sport. The game is prolific throughout the United States and Canada, and its player population is growing at over 30% per year. Pickleball is also growing internationally, with many European and Asian countries regularly adding courts.
That’s the beauty of Pickleball and why it has become so popular – nearly anyone can play.
Whether you’re 80 years old and may not move as quickly as you did in your younger days, or you’re in your 20s at the prime of physical health, there is a place for you in Pickleball. You play to your skill level with fellow pickleballers at the same level.
In fact, in 2016 the United States of America Pickleball Association sanctioned and recognized Para-Pickleball as a competitive branch of pickleball.
The point is nearly ANYONE CAN PLAY! So grab a paddle and get out there – there’s always a pickleball game looking for a player.
Washington DC Pickleball works hard with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation to advocate and arrange for courts, equipment, lights, and more. We need your support to help.
The yearly membership dues are only $30.00 and, with your membership, you’ll gain access to discounted training clinics, socials, tournaments, ladder leagues, promotional/charitable events and tournaments, and online discounts for equipment. In addition, you will be kept informed of changes in court times and access, national rules, and special events in DC that may be of interest.
The question is, “Why wouldn’t I join Washington DC Pickleball?”
Simple. Grab or borrow a paddle, take two to four introductory lessons with a certified professional instructor (we can help schedule these lessons) and start playing. The best way to improve your game is to play at least two times per week.
We have links on every page to show you how to play, what the court etiquette is, how to judge your skill ratings, and the rules. You can also download the rules by clicking the button below.