Pickleball in Raleigh

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A pickleball player at Method Community Park | Photo by RALtoday

Have y’all heard about pickleball? If you haven’t, it’s kind of a big dill. Pickleball shares similarities with tennis, table tennis + badminton (as well as other paddle ball sports).

It has official rules, regulations, and even its own organization – the USA Pickleball Association. Here’s the lowdown on the game so you don’t find yourself in a pickle:

  • It can be played indoors or outdoors.
  • The court is badminton-sized (20’ x 44’) with a modified tennis net.
  • The pickleball itself is made of plastic + has holes, like a wiffleball. The paddle is a little smaller than a tennis racquet.
  • It can be played as doubles or singlesthat means 2-4 people, for those of us who are racquet sports-challenged.

Where can you play in Raleigh?

  • Raleigh Parks has 6 permanent outdoor pickleball courts located at Method Community Park (514 Method Rd.) open dusk-10 p.m.
  • As of June 1, indoor open play pickleball resumed at Raleigh Parks indoor locations. A 4-month pass can be purchased for $10, and you can keep up with the schedules here.
  • Find a list of upcoming pickleball programs and clinics by Tennisbloc here, geared toward adults + juniors, beginner through intermediate.
  • If you’re interested in joining a pickleball league, this site has several listed in the area.

And of course, there’s Facebook groups you can join to meet other pickeballers like Pickleball Carolina + Raleigh Pickleball Club.

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