Pickleball

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Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports the Missoula valley and Parks and Recreation is pleased to continue our popular Open Play sessions, Learn to Play clinics, and Ladder League.

Join us for outdoor play at the brand new courts at Fort Missoula Regional Park. When the weather turns cold, we'll move indoors to Parks and Recreation's Sports and Wellness Gym, 1515 Fairview.  

Monthly Pickleball Schedule


For more information, call 552-6664, or email us.

Learn to Play Pickleball Clinics

Join us for these fun Learn to Play clinics! Parks and Recreation staff and/or Zoo Town Pickleball players will be on hand to teach you the basics of the game and get you ready to attend our Open Play sessions and/or League Play. 

All necessary equipment (paddles, balls, nets) will be available to use during the clinic. If you’ve never played pickleball, this is the place to start. Pre-registration required. For ages 12+. 

Learn To Play at Fort Missoula Regional Park
Date
Monday, Sept. 24
Time
5:30 - 6:30pm
Fee
$5
Activity #
2351600-10
*Pre-registration required


Learn To Play at Sports and Wellness Gym
Day
Saturdays
Time
1:15 - 2:45 pm
Location
MPR Sports and Wellness gym, 1515 Fairview
Fee
$6 per person
LEVEL 1 FALL
Activity# 3351600

LEVEL 2 FALL
Activity# 3351601
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Oct. 1301
Oct. 2001
Oct. 2702
Nov. 302
Nov. 1003
Dec. 803
Dec. 104


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LEVEL 1 WINTER/SPRING
Activity# 1351600

LEVEL 2 WINTER/SPRING
Activity# 1351601
Jan. 501
Jan. 1201
Jan. 1902
Feb. 902
Feb. 203
Feb. 2303
Feb. 1604
Mar. 904
Mar. 205
Mar. 2305
Mar. 1606
Apr. 1306
Apr. 607
Apr. 2707
Apr. 2008


Pickleball Open Play Sessions

Open Play Schedule

Join us for active, fun, social Open Play sessions! Beginner to advanced players will enjoy the opportunity to learn the sport and/or work on their game with a variety of competitors. We’ll provide the nets, paddles and balls for each session; or bring your own paddle and ball. Monthly schedules subject to change.

Some sessions are designated by level and generally follow these descriptions:

Open Play - simply that, pickleball open to all levels.

Social  or Casual Open Play - also open to all levels of play, with an emphasis on development and learning/enjoying the game.

Intermediate Open Play - for players with some pickleball experience, generally in the 3.0-3.5 level, focusing on skill development and more competition. 

Competitive Open Play - for players who desire to play more competitive games, have a USAPA rating of a high 3.5+, 4.0 or higher, and participate in out-of-town tournaments (or plan to.)

Advanced Open Play- players must have a 4.0+ USAPA rating and be actively participating in tournament at that level or higher. 

INDOOR ONLY: Updated Open Play Level Descriptions
INDOOR ONLY: Sunday Leveled Round Robin Sign Up Instructions 

Pickleball Central Paddle Review Program

August 2018 Paddle - Selkirk AMPED Invikta X-5 Fiber Flex Paddle

http://www.pickleballcentral.com/Selkirk_Sports_s/127.htm

The Selkirk AMPED Invikta X-5 Fiber Flex Paddle (midweight model), provided by Pickleball Central’s paddle demo program, is the first and only brand new paddle I’ve used to date. As far as performance goes, I could right away notice improvements over the other paddles I’ve been using.

This paddle comes with a slightly longer grip, which was comfortable and could allow for two-handed shots if that’s your thing. The handle isn’t the only thing that is slightly elongated, as the paddle itself sports a longer, slimmer profile than I was used to.  A minuscule weight increase from the paddles I have previous experience with was noticeable at first, but I found it didn’t detract from my play at all. In fact, the increased weight helped my performance, but more on that later. Looks wise, the black and gray colors on the demo paddle appeal to me, but there are a range of other colors available. Overall this paddle gave a great first impression.

On the court, the weight of the paddle felt good in my hand, and provided some of my shots with more “pop” than I am used to getting. This, in turn, allowed me to take a little off some of my hits, and have greater control while still getting plenty of zip. Speaking of control, the large sweet spot and the control afforded by this paddle also made it great for dinking. I found I was able to be much more consistent at dropping shots into the kitchen than I normally am (instead of hitting them up to get smashed back into my face). The longer paddle face and handle also provided me with great reach, which I can fully appreciate as I have a lazy habit of not moving my feet. On the serve, the slight topspin I usually impart was noticeably increased. Not being much of a spinner myself, this stood out to me and leads me to believe this paddle would also be great for those who are looking to get more spin on their shots (although I can’t comment too much on that regard).

Overall this paddle looks and performs great. It is an all-around paddle, providing a good mix of power and touch. For the player looking to own just one paddle, I would recommend looking at this one. Thank you to Pickleball Central for providing this paddle to our program as a demo, the paddle and others made by Selkirk can be found here: http://www.pickleballcentral.com/Selkirk_Sports_s/127.htm

Reviewed by Hunter G, Missoula, MT. 

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Pickleball Palooza                      Saturday, September 29,                   10am – 12pm at FMRP

Join us to celebrate of another great season of outdoor pickleball in Missoula! We’ll introduce the sport to beginners and play a fun round robin with experienced players. 

All equipment will be provided by Missoula Parks and Recreation. Best of all, Paloozas are FREE, so bring your friends and family. At Fort Missoula Regional Park East.

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Zootown Pickleball Ambassadors

We are looking for volunteers to work in groups and facilitate outdoor Pickleball open play time for the Missoula community.  Stay tuned for more detailed information regarding the ambassador/court hosting program. For more information, please e-mail apetschauer@ci.missoula.mt.us.

More Information

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Pickleball

What Is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast- paced, competitive game for experienced players. In addition to being fun, the game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature. 

How it is Played

Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. New players can learn the game quickly in a single session. No special apparel is needed, just something comfortable and appropriate for a court sport. Equipment is inexpensive and easily portable. It can be played at a leisurely pace or at a highly competitive level—making it ideal for all ages and abilities.

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