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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 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.  

Youth Lessons

NEW! Youth Pickleball Lessons (6-12 yrs)
Do you want to try the fastest growing sport in the country? Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. These small group lessons are filled with instructional drills, fun games and interactive activities. These classes are designed for participants to learn the fundamentals of Pickleball including the rules of the game, different parts of the court, serving, scoring, and different stroke techniques. All equipment for the lessons will be provided.

Adult Lessons

NEW! Adult Pickleball Lessons (18+yrs)
Do you want to try the fastest growing sport in the country? These small group lessons are filled with instructional drills, strategy development and other activities. All equipment for the lessons will be provided.

Beginner
This class is designed to offer an introduction and overview of Pickleball. Over the course of the session, you'll learn the rules, scoring and basic game play. Learn and practice serves, returns, third shots, volleying and dinks. Topics like strategy and how to play effectively with a partner are also covered. At the completion of this course, you will have a strong understanding of the game and can continue proving your strokes and techniques. Suggested Pickleball rating of 2.0-2.5.

Intermediate
This course is designed to increase and improve upon a foundational understanding of Pickleball. The program is suited for experienced players who are ready to take it to the next level. Work on perfecting your stroke and technique while focusing on strategy, (knowing when to hit which shot when). Showcase your skills in a friendly tournament the final week of class. Suggested Pickleball rating of 2.5 and above.  

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. 

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 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.

 

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**           
  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


CLICK HERE to view a PDF calendar that lists all the days/times available for the winter season.

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 Classic Tournament:
• Team participants must register individually and list team partner in registration.
• Participants are limited to one age bracket per day.
• Team's age bracket determined by age of the younger partner.
• If there are enough registrants at various skill levels within age groups, the Tournament Director may separate age groups into a variety of skill levels
• Skill level bracket (if applicable) for teams is determined by the skill level of the higher rated partner. 
• Tournament Director reserves the right to change the format and adjust the age/skill 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 one week prior to the event date. 
• Each participant will receive a complimentary tournament t-shirt.
• Indoor green Jugs balls are used for play.
• Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner


Registration:
Click the links below to register for specific age groups of the tournament. Participants can also register over the phone by calling the HCRP Registration Department at 410-313-7275. Participants are limited to one age bracket per day. Tournament Director reserves the right to change the format and adjust the age brackets based on registration.

Age Groups:

Mixed Doubles - Saturday, August 4 
 RP6836.801      18+ yrs 
 RP6836.802 35+ yrs 
 RP6836.803 50+ yrs
 RP6836.804 60+ yrs
 RP6836.805 70+ yrs

Women's Doubles - Sunday, August 5 
 RP6836.806      18+ yrs 
 RP6836.807 35+ yrs 
 RP6836.808 50+ yrs
 RP6836.809 60+ yrs
 RP6836.810 70+ yrs

Men's Doubles - Sunday, August 5
 RP6836.811      18+ yrs 
 RP6836.812 35+ yrs 
 RP6836.813 50+ yrs
 RP6836.814 60+ yrs
 RP6836.815 70+ yrs


Location:
5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • up to 16 indoor courts available
  • Restroom facilities
  • Located right off of Rt. 29 in Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Various restaurants near facility


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

 

Registration:

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 (April - June)
    • Thunder Hill Elementary School
      • Mondays: 4:30-8:30pm
      • Tuesdays: 4:30-8:30pm
      • Sundays: 12:30-4:30pm
    • Atholton Park
      • Mondays: 3:30-8:30pm
      • Thursdays: 5:30-8:30pm
      • Saturdays: 9:30am-6:30pm

*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'.