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. 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 the Sports and Wellness Gym, 1515 Fairview|
|1:15 - 2:45 pm|
|$6 Pre-registration required|
LEVEL 1 WINTER/SPRING Activity Number 1351600
LEVEL 2 WINTER/SPRING Activity Number 1351601
Pickleball Open Play Sessions
Join us for active, fun, social Open Play sessions at the Sports and Wellness Gym, 1515 Fairview! Beginning 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 gear. 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 and, 4.0 or higher, and participate in out-of-town tournaments (or plan to.)
Advanced Open Play- players must have a 4.0 and higher USAPA rating and be actively participating in tournament at that level or higher.
INDOOR ONLY: Updated Open Play Level Descriptions (PDF)
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You’ve tested your skills during Open Play…now let’s see what you’ve got in one of our fun indoor tournaments!
Fee: $35 first registration, additional $15 per section. Time: 9am - 5pm (approximately)
|Date||Tournament||Deadline||Activity #||Section #|
|Dec. 16||Zoo Town Showdown||Dec. 10||3351609||Men’s Doubles- 01 Women’s Doubles-02 Mixed Doubles-03|
|Mar. 24 ||Clover Showdown||Feb. 25||1351611||Men’s Doubles- 01 Women’s Doubles-02 Mixed Doubles-03|
Register online at missoulaparks.org/register or phone 721-PARK. Events offered and tournament format may change depending on registration.
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
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.