Pickleball in Orangeville

Pickleball is a fun sport played both indoors and outdoors. Played on a court with similar dimensions to badminton, pickleball borrows many of its rules from other racquet sports such as tennis and table tennis.

It is easy for beginners to learn and is a great sport for all ages and abilities. 

Court Reservations

One court at the Saputo Centre for Health & Wellness at Alder Recreation Centre and two courts on Arena B Floor at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre are available to reserve.

Outdoor Pickleball Pass
Outdoor Pickleball Pass
Purchase your pass today for access to reserve courts at Orangeville Lions Sports Park from June to September
Casual Play Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines for casual, free play. Players must bring their own net and equipment.

Social Pickleball Drop-In
Adult Social Pickleball Drop-In
Engage in a social pickleball doubles game! Pre-registration is recommended. Options for youth and adult play.

Pickleball Clinics with Taylored Pickleball Academy

Beginners welcome! Learn North America's fastest growing sport with industry professional coaches from Taylored Pickleball Academy. Lessons take place at Orangeville Lions Sports Park.

 Pickleball 101: Let's Play Pickleball

Have you just heard about pickleball or played it a couple of times; this program is the best way for you to ensure that your game is getting off on the right foot. This 4-week session will introduce, reinforce, and improve your understanding of the pickleball concepts, strokes, and strategies you need to play and excel in this great game. The goal of this program will be to ensure that you are comfortable with all aspects of the game, and able to compete in a gameplay environment. All equipment will be provided.

June 5 to 26

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30PM

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30PM

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 Pickleball 102: Practice Makes Pickleball

 Whether you have been playing for a year or 10 years, if you are looking to take that next step in your game, then 'Practice Makes Pickleball' is for you. This is the next step in our pickleball programming. This 4-week session will build upon the concepts, skills and strategies that were introduced in 'Let's Play Pickleball' or that you have acquired through your pickleball experience. The goal of this program is to help you recognize your potential and focus on improving the quality of the strokes/shots that you are already executing. All equipment will be provided.

June 5 to 26

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30PM

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 Introducing Youth to Pickleball

This 4-week program is for youth ages 10-16 years old that are looking to learn how to play pickleball. This program will include an introduction which will cover all basic rules, skills, and concepts through a variety of exercises and game-based scenarios and drills so they can get the full experience of the sport. Promotion of teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership will all also be part of the focus of this weekly program. All equipment will be provided.

June 5 to 26

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30PM

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Where to play?

Orangeville has pickleball courts in a few locations across Town. Locations have different amenities and specific court offerings.

Saputo Health & Wellness Centre at Alder Recreation Centre - 275 Alder Street

Court Reservations

The Saputo Health & Wellness Centre, upstairs at Alder Recreation Centre has 1 indoor pickleball court. This court is available during specific times, by court reservation only. This facility offers 1 net. Players must bring their own paddle and balls. Court reservations are 1.5 hours in length and are available to reserve 75 hours in advance.

Cost to reserve: $16.75


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Adult Social Pickleball Drop-In

This recreational drop-in program is for adults to engage in a social pickleball game. A maximum of 4 spots are available, enough for a doubles game! Pre-registration is recommended. Secure your spot 75 hours in advance. 1 net is provided. Please bring your own paddle and balls. The court is located at the Saputo Health & Wellness Centre, upstairs at Alder Recreation Centre.

Cost: $5.00 for 1.5 hours

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Arena B Floor at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre - 6 Northmen Way

Court Reservations

Arena B Floor at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre has 2 indoor pickleball courts. This courts are available during specific times, by court reservation only. This facility offers 1 net per court. Players must bring their own paddle and balls. Court reservations are 1.5 hours in length and are available to reserve 75 hours in advance.

Cost to reserve: $16.75


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Orangeville Lions Sports Park - 120 Diane Drive (open June 1 to September 30)

The sports pad at Orangeville Lions Sports Pad includes 4 outdoor pickleball courts. The courts are available for casual play on a first come, first served basis. For casual play, players must bring their own equipment including net. The courts are not available during permitted times. Please be advised that the sports pad is a multi-use facility, available for casual play of other sports as well.

Please note: Courts are not lit for evening play.

Outdoor pickleball pass holders can book exclusive court times at Orangeville Lions Sports Park during the following hours:

  • Mondays 5:00pm, 6:30pm
  • Tuesdays 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm
  • Fridays 9:00am, 10:30am
  • Sundays 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm

Court reservations open 75 hours in advance. Once a court pass is purchased, there is no additional fee to book the court. Pass holders can book a maximum of 1 court per day.

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Casual Play Guidelines

Idyllwilde Park - 55 Second Avenue (open June 1 to September 30)

Idyllwilde Park has 3 outdoor pickleball court located at the west end of the park. This court is available for casual play on a first come, first served basis. For casual play, players must bring their own equipment including net. Please be advised that this is a multi-use facility, available for casual play of other sports as well.

Casual Play Guidelines

Outdoor Pickleball Court Pass - Orangeville Lions Sports Park

The Orangeville Recreation department is excited for another summer of outdoor pickleball, including the return of the Outdoor Pickleball Court Pass. From June 1 to September 30, this pass provides outdoor pickleball court reservation privileges at Orangeville Lions Sports Park at 120 Diane Drive. The cost for the season is $40. Pass holders can book a maximum of 1 court per day.

Pass holders:

  • Can book a court online for up to 3 guests and themselves;
  • Will be provided a lock code to access nets;
  • Must set up and take down the nets;
  • Provide their own paddles and balls.

Outdoor pickleball court pass holders can book exclusive court times at Orangeville Lions Sports Park during the following hours:

  • Mondays 5:00pm, 6:30pm
  • Tuesdays 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm
  • Fridays 9:00am, 10:30am
  • Sundays 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm

Court reservations open 75 hours in advance. Once a court pass is purchased, there is no additional fee to book a court. Pass holders can book a maximum of 1 court per day.

How to set up a Pickleball Net

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Frequently Asked Questions

For casual play, will there be nets?
No. For casual (free) play there are no nets provided. Participants must bring and set up their own net. 
Do I need to bring equipment?

Yes. For Court Reservations and Adult Social Pickleball, players need to bring their own paddle and balls. Indoors shoes are also required.

For outdoor court reservations (pass holders only), players need to bring their own paddle and balls. Players must also set up the net and take it down at the conclusion of their court time.

I have registered for Adult Social Pickleball, but there aren't enough players for a doubles game. What should I do?
There is a chance that 4 players may not sign up for a game. An individual will still have access to the court to practice and hit the ball around. If 2 players are registered, you can enjoy a singles game! If 3 players register, rotate for a singles game.
How do you play Pickleball?

Pickleball is a fun sport played both indoors and outdoors. Played on a court with similar dimensions to badminton, pickleball borrows many of its rules from other racquet sports such as tennis and table tennis.

The basic rules of the the game are simple and easy and that is what makes Pickleball fun to play.

Here are the basic rules you need to know or teach to get started. More complex rules can be introduced as players progress.

Background

The game of Pickleball was developed so that all members of a family could participate so the rules were kept simple. Many of the rules are an adaptation from tennis, table tennis and badminton.

The rules of Pickleball have been published in the Official Rulebook – International Edition. These are the official rules that must be followed for a sanctioned tournament but adaptations of the rules can be used for non sanctioned and recreational play.

There is no reason why teachers can not make changes to accommodate a smaller space or younger players. As long as basic rules are followed, the main objective is to have fun. For teachers and players who want all the technical aspects click on Official Rulebook – International Edition.

Pickleball Canada will make modifications to rules for non sanctioned tournaments held in Canada as they are required.

The Two Bounce Rule

The ball must bounce twice, once on each side of the court, before players can hit the ball in the air or on the “volley”. When the ball is served, it bounces in the receivers service court, the serving team must stay back and wait for the ball to bounce again on their side before they can move up and play the ball in the air.

This rule is instrumental in providing long rallies in the game of Pickleball. The serving team cannot serve the ball deep and then run to the net and smash it down “the throat” of their opponents. They must stay back and wait for the return bounce. New players often forget this and start to move up quickly with the serve and get caught hitting the ball in the air.

Coaches/instructors must remind both players on the serving team to stay back at the service line until the ball has bounced on their side. After the ball has bounced twice either team can play the ball on the bounce or in the air.

The Non-Volley Zone Faults

The Non-Volley Zone is a rectangle that is 7′ X 20 feet on both sides of the net. Since Pickleball was designed as a family game this area was put in place so that a player has to stay back from the net when hitting the ball in the air. Thus, cutting down on the number of smashes and possible injury to an opposing player. This also helps make for longer rallies.

This is one of the most difficult rules for players to get used to especially tennis players. You can not step on the NV-line or into the NV-Zone when making a volley shot, a shot in the air. Your forward momentum cannot take you into the NV-zone after you hit the ball even if it is missed on the other side. No article of clothing, jewelery or paddle can fall into the zone on a volley or it is a fault. Your hat or paddle falling in is considered a fault.

Key points. This only applies when you are volleying or hitting the ball in the air. You can step in after making a ground stroke. You can go into the NV-zone to get a ball that bounces in there first. You can stand in the NV-zone all day if you want, you just can not play the ball in the air. It is a fault if you step in even after the ball is missed or hit by the opponents.

It may help to tell beginners that this rule was introduced to prevent players from going to the net and smashing it at their opponents as in tennis. It is safer and longer rallies result because there are fewer “put away’s’ standing 7′ back from the net.

Pickleball Court Dimensions

Points

The game of Pickleball is usually played to a score of 11. The winning team must win by two points or play continues until one team wins by 2. In tournament play, games can be played to 15 or 21. Unlike tennis or badminton, only the serving team can win a point. The receiving team must get the “side down” and get the serve back before earning points.

You earn a point when the other team commits a fault. Faults are described below.

Scoring

Scoring in pickleball can be very confusing to beginners. The first rule of etiquette in pickleball is that the server and only the server should announce the score. The player that is standing in the right-hand service area of the serving side always starts. That player is server number 1 for this sequence only. The next time they get the serve, their partner may be in the right court to start and they become server number 1.

The sequence for announcing the score is as follows; serving team’s score first, opponents score second and server number third. So if the server announces 3, 4, 1, the serving team has 3 points, the opposing team has 4 points and server number 1 is serving. If the serving team wins a point, the score would be 4, 4, 1. The serving team switches courts after winning a point but the receiving team stays as is.

Remember the server only gets one fault and they lose their serve. You only get one chance to get your serve in, not two as in tennis.

Serving

To start the game, teams may decide to rally for serve playing the ball three times over the net before it is in play. Often, one team just decides to start. The team serving first gets only one serve their first time. This rule helps prevent “blow” out games with one team getting a large number of points to start. The server making the first serve should announce 0, 0, 2. The score is 0, 0, and because the team gets only one serve, the server is number 2. When the serve switches to the other side, that team gets two serves and play continues that way until a score of 11 is reached.

In review from the first session, the server must serve underhand making contact with the ball below the waist. The top of the paddle face must be below the wrist and the server must have both feet behind the service line at the time of contact with the ball. The ball must be served to the diagonally opposite court and it must be clearly in the service area. The ball cannot hit any part of the non-volley zone including the non-volley line. A serve that hits the net but lands in the service area is legal and play should continue. Before serving the ball, the server should make sure all players are ready. Take a minute to check to make sure your partner is ready and that the opposing team is ready.

If you are receiving the serve but you or your partner are not ready, hold up your hand or paddle. If the server serves to you anyway, do not swing at the ball and call for a “let” serve because you were not ready. Returning the ball indicates you were ready and the point stands.

Calling Lines

Pickleball like most racquet sports relies on the integrity of the players in calling shots in or out. The rule of etiquette suggests that players will call the lines as honestly and fairly as they can. Players should call the lines on their side of the net and opponents will do the same on their side. Opponents should never make a call on the other side of the net unless they are asked. If a team cannot decide on a line call, then the benefit always goes to the opponent. If a team asks for an opinion from an opponent, that decision is final. Again, fairness is the rule of the day. Remember it is only a game. Keeping this in mind, will prevent conflict on the court.

Faults

A fault occurs on a serve when the ball hits short of the service court including the non-volley line. If the ball is served to the wrong court, long behind the back service line or out of the bounds that is a fault.

After the serve, a fault occurs if a player steps in the non-volley court or on the non-volley line while making a volley shot. If the ball is hit into the net or other permanent object such as the pole, that is a fault.

A balls that hit outside the boundary lines of the court are considered out and a fault. If the ball hits a player they have committed a fault. On the serve, if a ball is hit into the wrong court and the opposing player in that court is hit or catches the ball that is considered a fault on the receiving team.

A player should not catch a ball that is heading out of bounds because that is considered a fault as well. Always let the ball bounce first. An indication of an out ball should be made by yelling out or by hand gesture indicating out. This should be done quickly.

Failing to hit the ball before it bounces twice is a fault. However, if the ball bounces twice off your paddle while you are making a continuous forward motion, this is legal. If the ball hits any part of your paddle hand, the hand below the wrist, is considered part to the paddle and legal.

If a ball hits a player or his/her clothing, while standing on or off the court during a rally, this is a fault and a point for the opponents.

 https://pickleballcanada.org/play-and-learn/basic-rules/

Where can I play indoors?

Court Reservations
The Saputo Health & Wellness Centre, upstairs at Alder Recreation Centre has 1 indoor pickleball court. Arena B Floor at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre has 2in door pickleball courts. The courts are available during specific times, by court reservation only. This facility offers 1 net per court. Players must bring their own paddle and balls. Court reservations are 1.5 hours in length and are available to reserve 75 hours in advance.

Cost to reserve: $16.75


Reserve a Court Today

Adult Social Pickleball Drop-In

This recreational drop-in program is for adults to engage in a social pickleball game. A maximum of 4 spots are available, enough for a doubles game! Pre-registration is recommended. Secure your spot 75 hours in advance. 1 net is provided. Please bring your own paddle and balls. The court is located at the Saputo Health & Wellness Centre, upstairs at Alder Recreation Centre.

Cost: $5.00 for 1.5 hours

Pre-Register Now

I have an Outdoor Pickleball Court Pass. What if it rains during my court time?

Unfortunately there is no compensation for court time missed due to inclement weather.

Why can't I book a court at the Orangeville Lions Sports Park?

Court reservations at Orangeville Lions sports Park are for pass holders only. Registration opens 75 hours in advance of the court times.

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I have a court reserved at the sports pad at Orangeville Lions Sports Park (I am a pass holder). There is another group playing on my court.

Reservable court times are posted on the public notice bulletin board at the washroom building. Please kindly remind the other group that you have the court reserved. If there are any questions regarding reservation times, please direct the group to view the public notice board.

Other activities are permitted on the sports pad. Please share the space (outside of your court area) with other users.

What is the fee for an Outdoor Pickleball Court Pass?

$40+tax for Orangeville residents. $48+tax for non-residents. This is the fee for the entire season (June 1 to September 30). Fees for purchasing a pass later in the season are NOT pro-rated. 

I have purchased my Outdoor Pickleball Court Pass. Do I have to pay to reserve a court at Orangeville Lions Sports Park?

No. Once a court pass is purchased, there is no additional fee to book a court. Pass holders can book a maximum of 1 court per day.

During the summer, are the indoor courts still available at the Saputo Centre at Alder and/or B Floor at Tony Rose?

Yes. The indoor courts are still available for reservation, on a reduced summer schedule. The cost is $16.75 for 1.5 hours. The Saputo Centre at Alder Recreation Centre is primarily used for summer camp from mid-June to the end of August.