Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a paddle and plastic ball with holes. It is a game that is appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels. Rules for pickleball are simple, making it a great introductory sport.
Playing pickleball allows you to work on your balance, agility, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination without putting excessive strains on your body. Pickleball is also a wonderful alternative for older players who used to play tennis, but have physical limitations such as hip, shoulder, knee, or other joint problems.
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Pickleball classes for Adult Beginners and Advanced beginners are available thru the Town Of Islip and Town of Smithtown Department of Recreation. Coming soon: Pickleball private lessons. Pickleball Open Play Programs.
Open to Islip residents and non-residents.
PICKLEBALL Programs: 2024 to be posted.
PICKLEBALL: Beginner Learn and Play
Instruction supervised and provided by IPTPA/USPTA, PTR Certified Instructors for adult beginners. Learn basic paddle skills, shots, doubles rules and tactics. Game play every session. Learn to set up and manage play. Group instruction: Minimum 6 - Maximum 12 per class. Adults 18 and over.
Equipment is provided. Players are encouraged to bring their own pickleball paddles.
Location: Holbrook Country Club Park
700 Patchogue-Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY 11741
Level: Beginner - 6, 1hr. sessions
Level: Advanced Beginner - 6, 1hr. sessions
PICKLEBALL: Organized Open Play
Match play with organized rotation. Guidance on scoring, rules, serving, rotating and general play will be provided. Adults 18 and over.
Location: Casamento Park
101 Muncey Road, West Islip, NY 11795
Level: BEGINNER: 5, 1-1/2 hr. sessions
Level: Advanced Beginner/Advanced - 5, 1-1/2 hr. sessions.
Please note: Date, times, and location subject to change before final print.
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The following information is provided to help players place themselves in the correct class level.
Learn basic paddle skills, shots, doubles rules and tactics. Game play every session. Learn to set up and manage play. Equipment is provided. Players are encouraged to bring their own pickleball paddles.
Adv. Beginner Classes
Learn next level paddle skills, shots, doubles rules and tactics. Game play every session.
Players must provide own equipment.
Please note: Advanced beginners have some playing experience, know Pickleball rules and how to score and is ideal for players who have taken Islip and Smithtown beginner classes.
Anyone who registers and does not meet the requirements will not be allowed to participate.
Open Play Program
Matches take place with organized rotation. Guidance on scoring, rules, serving, rotating and general play will be provided. No instruction.
Please note: Players need to know fundamentals, rules and scoring. Adults 18 and over.
Registration thru Town of Islip Sports Office.
To Register: Call 631-224-5403
This class is designed for Beginners - Learn basic paddle skills, shots, doubles rules and tactics. Interactive play every session. Learn to set up and manage play. Instruction by USPTA/IPTPA Certified Instructors
Pickleball paddle and balls will be provided.
Registration is thru the Town of Smithtown Online Registration Page
Town of Smithtown Recreation Department: 631-360-7644
About Pickleball Player Levels
Pickleball ratings vary from 1.0 to 6.0+, with a 1.0 rating (or skill level) being used for beginner players and a 6.0+ rating (or skill level) being reserved for the very best professional pickleball players.
USE THIS GUIDE TO DETERMINE YOUR SKILL LEVEL AND ULTIMATELY INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF EXPERIENCING A MORE COMPETITIVE AND ENJOYABLE MATCH . RATING AND DESCRIPTIONS
To help you understand your level, ask your self:
Am I? - Do I? - Can I?
Novice/intermediate: (Level 3.0 -3.2).
A player working to keep the serve and serve receive deep, moves quickly towards the non-volley zone when opportunity is there. Tries to make flatter returns (where appropriate). This player is more aware of their partner’s position on the court and moving more as a team, is developing more power in shots, Is playing in tournaments.
Intermediate Pickleball: (Level 3.3 -3.8).
This player demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game, gets high majority of serves in, is able to serve and return serves deep, hits to the weak side of opponent often, demonstrates more strategies of playing during games. This player works better with partners in communicating, covering court, moving to net. With varying consistency executes: lobs, forehand/backhand ground strokes, overheads, net volleys, and sustained dinking, starting to use drop shots in order to get to the net, hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the net and is able to sustain dinking in the game
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