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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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Adult Pickleball Leagues - Spring 2018

Registration Now Opened!

These Adult Pickleball Leagues consists of doubles pool play during the regular season and a single-elimination tournament on the last day of the season. Teams will play best two out of three games each week. Complete league rules are listed below. Standings from the regular season games will determine the brackets for the tournament. There will a beginner, intermediate and advanced section of the league; subject to change based on enrollment. Suggested skill levels for the divisions are 2.0-2.5 for Beginner, 3.0-3.5 for Intermediate, and 4.0+ for Advanced. You can CLICK HERE for a guide to self-assess your skill level for the appropriate divisions. Complete season schedule will be sent out to all participants one week prior to the start date. 

  • Women’s Doubles League - Mondays
    • Date: Monday, April 9
    • Game Times: Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm
    • Location: Outdoor courts at Thunder Hill ES and Atholton Park
    • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.701), Intermediate (RP6834.702), Advance (RP6834.703), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.704)
    • Regular Season: 8 weeks (no games 5/28)
    • End of the Season Tournament: Monday, June 11*
    • Price: $55/player 
  • Men’s Doubles League - Tuesdays
    • Date: Tuesday, April 10
    • Game Times: Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm
    • Location: Outdoor courts at Thunder Hill ES and Atholton Park
    • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.706), Intermediate (RP6834.707), Advance (RP6834.708), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.709)
    • Regular Season: 8 weeks
    • End of the Season Tournament: Tuesday, June 5*
    • Price: $55/player 
  • Mixed Doubles League - Thursdays
    • Date: Thursday, April 12
    • Game Times: Between 9:00am and 12:00pm
    • Location: Indoor courts at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
    • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.711), Intermediate (RP6834.712), Advance (RP6834.713), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.714)
    • Regular Season: 8 weeks
    • End of the Season Tournament: Thursday, June 7*
    • Price: $55/player 
  • Mixed Doubles League - Sundays
    • Date: Sunday, April 8
    • Game Times: Between 1:00pm and 4:00pm
    • Location: Outdoor courts at Thunder Hill ES and Atholton Park
    • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.716), Intermediate (RP6834.717), Advance (RP6834.718), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.719)
    • Regular Season: 8 weeks (no games 5/27)
    • End of the Season Tournament: Sunday, June 10*
    • Price: $55/player

*Tournament dates subject to change due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen circumstances. 


Information:

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Pickleball Coach Opportunities

Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks is hiring head Pickleball coaches for youth and adult Pickleball classes and clinics, located at various county parks and facilities. Class schedule will depend on the available space at the facilities and parks along with the availability of the coach. Winter classes would run during the months of January-March. Additional opportunities will be spring classes from April-June and summer camps starting in June.


CLICK HERE to submit an online application. 



Pickleball Programs

After-School

After-School Pickleball (7-10 yrs)
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America! This new sport is a combination of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Learn the basic rules and skills of this fun and exciting sport through an engaging curriculum. Info: Amanda Bartell, 410-313-1694 or abartell@howardcountymd.gov.  

Adult League

Adult Pickleball League

These Adult Pickleball Leagues consists of doubles pool play during the regular season and a single-elimination tournament on the last day of the season. Teams will play best two out of three games each week. Complete league rules are listed below. Standings from the regular season games will determine the brackets for the tournament. There will a beginner, intermediate and advanced section of the league; subject to change based on enrollment. Suggested skill levels for the divisions are 2.0-2.5 for Beginner, 3.0-3.5 for Intermediate, and 4.0+ for Advanced. You can CLICK HERE for a guide to self-assess your skill level for the appropriate divisions. Complete season schedule will be sent out to all participants one week prior to the start date. 

Winter 2018 Season:

  • Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
    • Start Date: Thursday, January 11
    • Game Times: Between 8:45am and 11:00am
    • Regular Season: 9 weeks
    • End of the Season Tournament: Thursday, March 15 (Make-Up Date - March 22 or 29)
  • North Laurel Community Center
    • Start Date: Saturday, January 6
    • Game Times: Between 5:00pm and 7:00pm
    • Regular Season: 7 weeks (no games 2/3)
    • End of the Season Tournament: Saturday, March 3 (Make-Up Date - March 10)

Results and Standings: 
CLICK HERE to view game results and team standings throughout the season. 



Spring 2018 Season:

  • Women’s Doubles League - Mondays
  • Date: Monday, April 9
  • Game Times: Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Location: Outdoor courts at Thunder Hill ES and Atholton Park
  • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.701), Intermediate (RP6834.702), Advance (RP6834.703), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.704)
  • Regular Season: 8 weeks (no games 5/28)
  • End of the Season Tournament: Monday, June 11*
  • Price: $55/player 
  • Men’s Doubles League - Tuesdays
  • Date: Tuesday, April 10
  • Game Times: Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Location: Outdoor courts at Thunder Hill ES and Atholton Park
  • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.706), Intermediate (RP6834.707), Advance (RP6834.708), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.709)
  • Regular Season: 8 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournament: Tuesday, June 5*
  • Price: $55/player 
  • Mixed Doubles League - Thursdays
  • Date: Thursday, April 12
  • Game Times: Between 9:00am and 12:00pm
  • Location: Indoor courts at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
  • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.711), Intermediate (RP6834.712), Advance (RP6834.713), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.714)
  • Regular Season: 8 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournament: Thursday, June 7*
  • Price: $55/player 
  • Mixed Doubles League - Sundays
  • Date: Sunday, April 8
  • Game Times: Between 1:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Location: Outdoor courts at Thunder Hill ES and Atholton Park
  • Divisions: Beginner (RP6834.716), Intermediate (RP6834.717), Advance (RP6834.718), or Individual – No Partner (RP6834.719)
  • Regular Season: 8 weeks (no games 5/27)
  • End of the Season Tournament: Sunday, June 10*
  • Price: $55/player

*Tournament dates subject to change due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen circumstances. 


Information:

 


Adult

Pickleball for All (18+ yrs)

Winter 2018 Session:

Registration for the winter session of Pickleball for All is now opened!

We've added a NEW monthly membership aspect to the program. These membership packages allow participants to register for as many dates as they would like within a month that the Pickleball for All program is offered (first come, first serve) at a discounted membership monthly price. After purchasing a membership package for a month, participants must then register for the specific date(s) within that month they will be attending before being allowed to participate. If you choose not to purchase a membership package, participants can still register for the day-by-day play at a $5/day fee. All participants must be registered for specific date(s) in order to participate in the program.

  Month        Membership Package        Day-By-Day Registration**           
  January   CLICK HERE for Membership   CLICK HERE to register for January dates
  February   CLICK HERE for Membership   CLICK HERE to register for February dates
  March   CLICK HERE for Membership   CLICK HERE to register for March dates
**$5/day fee without the monthly membership package


Below are the days and times available to participate in the Pickleball for All program this winter season. CLICK HERE to view a PDF calendar that lists all the days/times available for the winter season.

Meadowbrook Athletic Complex (5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21046)

  • Mondays: January 8 - March 26 from 1:00-3:00pm (NO PROGRAM on 1/15 and 2/19)
  • Tuesdays: January 9 - March 27 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Wednesdays: January 10 - March 28 from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Thursdays: January 11 - March 29 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Fridays: January 12 - March 30 from 1:00-3:00pm (NO PROGRAM ON 1/26)

 

North Laurel Community Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel MD 20723)

  • Saturdays: January 13 - March 10 from 7:00-9:00pm (NO PROGRAM  on 2/3)


Participants can also purchase a membership package and/or register for specific dates by calling our registration department at 410-313-7275.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the Pickleball Membership Packages.

Pickleball for All Refund Policy:
1. If a Pickleball for All participant needs to change playing date(s), they must contact HCRP at 410-313-7275 before 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

Pickleball (16+ yrs)
This program is free for facility member. If you are not member of the facility, it's a $5 per day cost. The program will be held at the North Laurel Community Center on Friday mornings from 9am to 12pm. For more information, CLICK HERE

 

Tournament

        

2018 Pickleball Tournament:
The second annual Pickleball Classic Tournament is scheduled to take place on August 4, 2018 and August 5, 2018. More information coming soon.


Pictures:

You can CLICK HERE to view the pictures from the 2017 tournament.


NEW! Atholton Courts

NEW! 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'.