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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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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

Adult Pickleball Lessons (18+yrs)
 

More information coming soon. 

Adult League

Adult Pickleball League

These Adult Pickleball Leagues 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 games each week. Complete league rules are listed below. Standings from the regular season games will determine the brackets for the tournament. 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 prior to the start date. 

Spring 2019 Season:

Men's Doubles League

  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 9
  • Game Times: Between 5pm and 8pm
  • Location: Hammond Park, Atholton Park and/or Thunder Hill ES
  • Regular Season: 7 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournament: Tuesday, May 28*
  • Price: $52/player
  • Sections:  
        Men's Doubles League RP6834.301
    Men's Doubles League - No Partner RP6834.302

 

Women's Doubles League

  • Start Date: Thursday, April 11
  • Game Times: Between 5pm and 8pm
  • Location: Hammond Park, Atholton Park and/or Thunder Hill ES
  • Regular Season: 7 weeks
  • End of the Season Tournament: Thursday, May 30*
  • Price: $52/player
  • Sections:  
        Women's Doubles League RP6834.303
    Women's Doubles League - No Partner RP6834.304

 

Mixed Doubles League

  • Start Date: Saturday, April 13
  • Game Times: Between 9am and 12pm
  • Location: Hammond Park, Atholton Park and/or Thunder Hill ES
  • Regular Season: 6 weeks
  • No Games: April 20 and May 25
  • End of the Season Tournament: Saturday, June 8*
  • Price: $46/player
  • Sections:  
        Mixed Doubles League RP6834.305
    Mixed Doubles League - No Partner RP6834.306

 

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

 

Registration:

Adult 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.

 

The monthly membership packages allow participants to register for as many dates as they would like within a specific 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. 

 

CLICK HERE for a full calendar of the dates, times and locations of the Pickleball for All program. 

 

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

*$5/day fee without the monthly membership package.
 

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/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

Tournament

2019 Pickleball Classic Tournament

  • Team participants must register individually and list team partner within registration.  
  • Participants can only register for one skill level.
  • Team’s skill level is determined by the higher-level partner. Participants can play up in skill level but not down.
    • If there are enough registrants at various age groups within skill levels, the tournament director may separate skill levels in to age groups.
    • Age group bracket (if applicable) are determined by the age of the older partner. Teams can play down in age groups but not up.
    • Age groups would be 19+, 35+, 50+, 60+, 70+ yrs
  • Tournament Director reserves the right to change the format and adjust the skill/age brackets based on registration.  
  • Tournament format (double-elimination/round robin) will be determined based on registration.
  • Detailed tournament schedule and format details will be sent out at least one week prior to the event.
  • Each participant will receive a complimentary tournament t-shirt.
  • Indoor green Jugs balls will be used for play.
  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.

 

Registration Deadline – Friday, July 19

 

Sections:

 

Location:

Meadowbrook Athletic Complex

5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043

  • up to 16 indoor courts
  • Restroom facilities
  • Located right off Rt. 29 in Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Various resturants near facility

 

Pictures:

You can CLICK HERE to view the pictures from the 2018 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. 

  • Spring 2019 (April-June)
    • Thunder Hill Elementary School
      • Thursdays: 4:30-8:30pm
    • Hammond Park
      • Saturdays: 8:30am-12:30pm

 

*Subject to change due to make-up dates/classes

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'.