Pickleball

Pickleball

Come see what the fastest growing sport in the world is all about at The Sinking Spring Family YMCA! We offer a full catalog of pickleball services including…

Open Play

10-visit Punch Card; Punch cards can be purchased at the YMCA Welcome Center

YMCA Members- $60.00

Non-Members- $75.00

Click here for the January 2023 open play schedule: Open Play Schedule January

Private Rentals – Tuesdays, 5:30pm to 9:30 pm. Additional times available depending on schedule; $25.00 for 1 hour of play, $40.00 for 2 hours – Each player will also cost $5 entry fee or one punch on their punch card. To book a private rental for you and your friends, or to inquire about additional openings, please email Ryan Knarr at [email protected]

Private Lesson – $70.00/Lesson: One-On-One instruction with one of our Pickleball Professionals.

“Three & Me” – $75.00/Session: This is an opportunity to play with, and against a high level Pickleball Professional while also receiving instruction. The session allows for 3 players. The pickleball professional will play in the foursome with the other three players. As points unfold, moments of instruction will be reviewed using real, game time situations. Decision making, shot selection and setting up points are the focus for these sessions.

Instructional Clinics: Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced

New clinics every other Wednesday, with Certified Master Teaching Professional, Chris Riportella.

As of August, 2021, our facility is home to 4, brand new, state of the art pickleball hard courts! With 4 additional wood courts, we have ample space for players of all ages and ability levels. To learn more about the game, please click the link below

https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/ 

If you are planning on attending a clinic or want to participate in open play, please examine our “Player Rating Guidelines” prior to committing to an open play session or clinic.

Player-Rating-Guidelines

At The YMCA, we strive to build community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our services are AVAILABLE FOR ALL!

To view the open play schedule and become part of our online Pickleball community, download the Team Reach app: TeamReach – Team Management Simplified

Enter code: PickballSSY

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Pickleball Clinic

Sinking Spring
1/3/23 - 3/13/23
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Intermediate/Advanced Pickleball Clinic:

Dates: January 30th, February 13th, February 27th  and March 13th

Schedule:

Beginner–6:00pm-7:00pm

Intermediate–7:00pm-8:00pm

Advanced– 8:00pm-9:00pm

Instructor: Chris Riportella – Certified Master Teaching Professional

Cost:

$100 for the 4-clinic package

Description: Led by certified Master Teaching Professional Chris Riportella, the intermediate/advanced level clinic focuses on continued curriculum  from Winter 1 including court positioning, playing with a partner, strategy and probability, as well as new items introduced . Proper stroke execution is a requirement for the intermediate level . 

Beginner 2 Clinics

Beginner – These players have played a few games, know how to keep score and understand the basic rules of the game. They are learning to judge where the ball is going and can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability. They present with obvious weaknesses in their strokes and are working to improve these weaknesses. These players are typically concerned with getting the serve in, keeping the ball in play and strongly prefer forehand to backhand shots.

Beginner 2 clinics are less focused on stroke development and execution than Beginner 1 clinics but are still emphasized through a series of drills, games and peer review.

Clinic 1 – Why Did We Lose the Point? – Unforced errors, not winners are by far the main reason points end in Pickleball.  The top 8 reasons points are lost will be reviewed.  Simulated situations and play will be presented to demonstrate and explain each for the beginner player.

Clinic 2 – Midcourt and Forward – Introduction of the Dink Game will allow for some competitive play.  Additional concepts of transition zone play including half volleys and body attacks will be covered.

Clinic 3 – Opponent Pressure Points – Placement for shots that put pressure on your opponents.  This not only focuses on an individual but the opponent partnership as well.  Where to hit the ball and setting up points is the focus.

Clinic 4 – Third Shot Decision Making – After the serve and return the serving team is presented with a dilemma.  This clinic reviews the choices and discusses decision making as it relates to the court positioning and game situation of that specific point.

Intermediate 2 Clinics

Intermediate – These players are fairly consistent when hitting slow to medium paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes. They attempt control when trying for direction, depth, or power on their shots but may miss their target. They are beginning to use dinks and lobs but struggle to use them to setup points. This player has become knowledgeable with the rules and communication with partner during play.  They still prefer forehand shots however they do not shy away from backhand shots.  They are beginning to use drive and drop shots as 3rd shot choices.

Intermediate 2 clinics are still focused on court positioning, playing with a partner, strategy and probability however drills and modified games will be used to present designed situations.  Proper stroke execution is a requirement for the intermediate level.

Clinic 1 – Why Did We Lose the Point? – Unforced errors, not winners are by far the main reason points end in Pickleball.  The top 8 reasons points are lost will be reviewed.  Simulated situations will be presented to demonstrate and explain each for the intermediate player.

Clinic 2 – Midcourt and Forward – Concepts of transition zone play including half volleys and body attacks will be covered as you earn your way to the line.  Basic roll volleys and cut dinks will be introduced.

Clinic 3 – Opponent Pressure Points – This clinic focuses on when and how to apply pressure to the opponents to increase the probability of winning the point.  Shot placement and pace are the main considerations given specific court situations.

Clinic 4 – Third Shot Decision Making – This clinic reviews the choices for the 3rd shot and discusses decision making as it relates to the court positioning and game situation of that specific point.  3rd/5th combinations including Shake n’ Bake and Ernes will be covered.

Advanced 1 clinics are focused primarily on court positioning, playing with a partner, strategy and probability.  Proper stroke execution is a requirement for the advanced level.

Clinic 1 – The Soft Game – In this clinic players still focus on the use of dinks and lobs as strategic shots but with a greater emphasis on constructing offensive advantages.  The cut and roll dinks will be introduced.

Clinic 2 – The Three Volleys – Players will review the block, drop and punch volleys.  More detail on decision making will be highlighted.  This clinic will touch on shot angles.

Clinic 3 – Primary Power Game – The scope of this clinic includes what pace is needed to hit spots to your opponents.  Topspin will be demonstrated.

Clinic 4 – First Three Shots – This clinic applies direction and depth as strategic uses for the serve, return of serve and 3rd shot for each point.  Court control will be assessed as points are played for the first three shots.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
1/4/22 1/29/23 Online / Front Desk $ 100.00$ 100.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
01/03/23 - 03/13/23
Beginner - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
6 / 16 Available Register  
01/03/23 - 03/13/23
Intermediate - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Session is Full
01/03/23 - 03/13/23
intermediate/Advanced - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
14 / 16 Available Register  

Intermediate and Advanced Pickleball Leagues

Sinking Spring
2/9/23 - 3/24/23
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Intermediate and Advanced Pickleball League:

Dates: The league will be 6 weeks: February 9,16,23,2,9,16 with a snow date of March 23. 

LEAGUE OVERVIEW / INFORMATION: 
TEAMS: 
– A Team will consist of 4-6 players (recommended number is 5 players) that are between 3.0-4.0 skill level. The team can consist of any combination of men or women.
– Each TEAM must have a Team Name and a Team Captain named. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not have a team to play on please enter “NEEDS TEAM” under team name / team captain
– Each player MUST individually register and pay
TIMING: 
League will run 6 weeks : February  9,16,23 March 2,9,16 (snow date is March 23)  on 6 courts at the YMCA between 7pm-9pm for Intermediate play
FREE PLAY TRAINING CAMP DAY w/ Play and Critique: February 2nd 7pm-9pm- all signed up team members
On February 2nd 7pm-9pm there will be a free play Training camp day for all teams / players in the league. This will take place 1 week prior to the league beginning and will feature Chris Riportella- YMCA Master Pickleball Pro and Ryan Knarr- Director of Racquet Sports as part of the session with Play and Critique as well as evaluating all players for the league for LEVEL BASED PLAY for the league.
FORMAT: 
15 Minute Games, playing against different players each time. Game scoring / format will be announced once the league registration has closed.
  • Training Camp night for all registered league players for the league the Thursday prior to start of the league on Thursday February 2nd from 7pm-9pm. This will be a FREE night for league players to play and allow Chris Riportella – Certified Master Teaching Professional, and Ryan Knarr – Certified USPTA Tennis and Pickleball Professional, will walk around and do “play and critique” to help players with their skills
COMMUNICATION: 
All communication for the league will take place to TEAM CAPTAINS from either: Ryan Knarr (Director of Racquet Sports: YMCA)[email protected], or League Administrator: Amanda Nelson. The team captains will be responsible for communicating to their teams players. General emails will be sent out to all players if there is cancellation due to weather and a rescheduled date.

Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
1/13/23 2/1/23 Online / Front Desk $ 40.00$ 40.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
02/09/23 - 03/24/23
Intermedite - Th - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$ 40.00 Register  
Closes
02/01/2023
02/09/23 - 03/24/23
Advanced - Th - 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$ 40.00 Register  
Closes
02/01/2023

Private Lessons

Sinking Spring
10/1/22 - 5/31/23
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Need some 1-on-1 instruction from an experienced Pickleball Professional to take your game to the next level? We’ve got you covered at The Sinking Spring YMCA!

Purchase a lesson HERE for $70.00, and one of our Pickleball Professionals will contact you in the next 48 hours to schedule your lesson!


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
Private Lesson 10/1/22 5/31/23 Online / Front Desk $ 70.00$ 70.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
10/01/22 - 05/31/23
Private Lesson - 1 hr
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Closes
06/21/2023

Three & Me

Sinking Spring
1/1/22 - 5/31/23
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Three & Me – $75.00/session for a group of three players

This is an opportunity to play with and against a high level Pickleball Professional while also receiving instruction.

The session allows for 3 players, and the Pickleball Professional will play in the foursome with the other three players.

As points unfold, moments of instruction will be reviewed using real, game time situations. Decision making, shot selection and setting up points are the focus for these sessions.

 


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
10/24/21 5/31/23 Online / Front Desk $ 75.00$ 75.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
01/01/22 - 05/31/23
1 Three & Me
Register  
Closes
05/31/2023