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About

Pickleball is considered the fastest growing sport in the US. This new sport is a fun combination of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. This fun sport is enjoyable for all age groups.

Howard County Recreation and Parks currently offers adult programs along with drop-in play at the North Laurel Community Center and the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex. The department is looking to expand these programs to our outdoor facilities, incorporating youth programs and creating both youth and adult tournaments. 

For more information, please contact Amanda Bartell, 410-313-1694 or abartell@howardcountymd.gov

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Latest Fliers
             

 Spring 2020 Adult Pickleball Leagues

       Spring/Summer 2020 Adult Pickleball Lessons and Clinics

 

 

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Pickleball Instructor Opportunity

Howard County Recreation and Parks is looking to hire experienced Pickleball instructors to lead programs, classes and/or clinics for both youth and adults. Schedules are based on the availability of the applicant and when space is available at the facilities and parks. 

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to submit an application for the position.  

Pickleball Programs

Adult Lessons

Beginning Pickleball Lessons (18+ yrs)
Nationally-certified, pro-pickleball instructor Marc Austin has designed a special, series of classes for adults who have never played or who are unfamiliar with the rules of the game. Start by learning the fundamental rules of the game and then progress through the four key sections at a comfortable pace. Enjoy fun drills and mini games to enhance your learning experience. Each class is limited to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of instruction, skill development and play time. So bring your pickleball paddle and we will see you on the court!

 

Advanced Beginning Pickleball Lessons (18+ yrs)
Come build on pickleball fundamentals and then improve all parts of your game with Coach Marc. Enjoy working on skills and fun games in a productive environment that maximizes your learning experience. Each class is limited to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of instruction, skill development and play time. So sign up, lace up your sneaks, grab your Pickleball paddle and meet us in the gym on the court!


Intermediate Pickleball Lessons (18+yrs)
These lessons are designed so you may progress through the intermediate levels of this sport and begin to develop advanced skills. Experienced pickleball players, this session of classes is also perfect for you! Nationally-certified, pro-pickleball instructor Marc Austin introduces the concepts of “Pickleball IQ.” Through lessons, drills and exercises, gain a better understanding of how to win at a higher level.

 

 

Adult League

Adult Pickleball League

The Adult Pickleball League consists of doubles pool play during the regular season and a tournament on the last day of the season. Teams will play best two out of three matches each week. Complete league rules are listed below. Each player of the team must register individually and list their partner in the registration process. If an individual does not have a partner for the league, they must register in the "No Partner" section of the league and will be matched with a partner only if possible. 

Each player of the team will list their skill level during the registration process. There will be a beginner (2.0-2.5), intermediate (3.0-3.5) and advanced (4.0+) division of the league. Based on each partner's skill level, a team can play up in a skill level division but not down. League Director reserves the right to divide or combine divisions based on enrollment numbers. 

Please indicate dates unavailable to play upon registering; requests are not guaranteed. Complete season schedule will be sent out to all participants prior to the start of the season.

 

Spring 2020 Season:
 
Men's Doubles League
  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 31
  • Game Times: Between 5pm and 8pm
  • Location: Hammond Park, Atholton Park and/or Thunder Hill Elementary School
  • Regular Season: 9 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournamnet: Tuesday, May 26*
  • Cost: $62 per player
  • Sections:

Women's Doubles League
  • Start Date: Thursday, April 2
  • Game Times: Between 5pm and 8pm
  • Location: Hammond Park, Atholton Park and/or Thunder Hill Elementary School
  • Regular Season: 9 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournamnet: Thursday, May 28*
  • Cost: $62 per player
  • Sections:
 
Mixed Doubles League
  • Start Date: Saturday, April 4
  • Game Times: Between 9am and 12pm
  • Location: Hammond Park, Atholton Park and/or Thunder Hill Elementary School
  • Regular Season: 8 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournamnet: Saturday, June 6*
  • Cost: $55per player
  • Sections:

*Tournament dates subject to change and by be canceled due to inclemetn weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Open Play

Pickleball for All (18+ yrs)

 

The Pickleball for All program is an opened play opportunity for participants 18+ yrs and of any skill level. There is no game structure and participants are free to rotate between the other participants at the program to play friendly matches. Participants can register for one or multiple dates to play based on their availability but must register for every date they play. There is a maximum number of particpants allowed to enroll based on the space available. Particpants are encourage to register early before spots fill.

 

  Month        Day-By-Day Registration    
  March   CLICK HERE to register for March dates  
  April   CLICK HERE to register for April dates
  May   CLICK HERE to register for May dates
  June   CLICK HERE to register for June dates

 

Participants can also register for specific dates by calling our registration department at 410-313-7275.

 

Pickleball for All Refund Policy:
1. If a Pickleball for All participant needs to change/cancel playing date(s), they must contact HCRP at 410-313-7275 at least 48 hours prior to their registered date(s) and can either transfer into another date, if spots are available, or receive a full credit back on to their HCRP account. 
2. If a Pickleball for All participant misses a date that they’re registered for, that participant will not be allowed to transfer to another date or receive a credit/refund.
3. If a date for the Pickleball for All program is canceled due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, all participants registered for that date will be issued a full credit back on to their HCRP account. 

Drop-In

Drop-In Pickleball
Drop-In Pickleball is offered at the North Laurel Community Center and the Gary J Arthur Community Center. All patrons entering the facility must pay the daily admission or have a valid membership, unless they are a participant in a Howard County Recreation & Parks program taking place at the center.

  • North Laurel Community Center - CLICK HERE for more information
    • 16+ yrs
    • Fridays from 9am-noon
  • Gary J Arthur Community Center - CLICK HERE for more information
    • 50+ yrs
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-2pm

Specialized Clinics

Specialized Pickleball Clinics with Coach Marc (18+ yrs)

Coach Marc is offering a new and unique series of topic-specific clinics to advance specific key parts of your game. Each clinic includes drills and fun, mini games to maximize your learning experience.

Tournament

2019 Pickleball Classic Tournament:

Howard County Recreation and Parks will be holding our Pickleball Classic Tournament on August 3 and 4 at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex. 


Final Brackets:

 

2019 Touranment Pictures:

You can CLICK HERE to view the pictures from the 2019 tournament.

 

Permitted Courts

HCRP permits Pickleball courts throughout the year for scheduled programs, classes and leagues. Below is an overview of days and times that specific courts are not available for public use. 

  • Fall 2019 (September-December)
    • There are no courts permitted by HCRP at this time. All courts are opened to public play. If/When programs are added to our schedule, we will updated this website accordingly. 

 

*Subject to change due to make-up dates/classes, inclement weather and/or registration numbers. 

Atholton Pickleball Courts

Outdoor Pickleball Courts

Atholton - Pickleball Ribbon Cutting

Howard County Recreation and Parks opens the County's FIRST outdoor Pickleball courts at Atholton Park, 6875 Greenleigh Drive in Columbia. The two courts will meet the USA Pickleball Association's approved court dimensions, measuring 20' by 44'.