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Programs

Something for Everyone!

PebbleCreek offers several options for players

throughout the day.  Our courts are utilized

through Open Play, Drop-In, Club Events, Player

Development and Socials/Tournaments. We do

not allow any courts to be reserved by individuals.

We believe our rotation system offers the most

equitable use of our courts for all of our players. 

When the courts are all busy, we do not allow

singles play.  We also require all courts to be in

use, before players can ask others to forfeit their

courts. Below is a brief description of the events

followed by the general guidelines for each.

  • Open Play: is for any group of four to meet at a prearranged time and rotate as a group on

and off the courts with other groups of four players.

  • Drop-In:  is for individuals or groups of less than four to drop-in any time during the drop-in time

periods.  Players play on the court representing the most appropriate level according to their rating/ability.  Players place their paddle in the box on the outside of the court and then rotate in playing with the random group of four paddles.

  • Club Events:  the Club offers various opportunities including round robins (men’s, women’s mixed) for all ratings-based levels of play, as well as men’s and women’s ladder and various player development offerings.

  • Player Development:  the Club offers a variety of skill and strategy sessions from beginners to 3.5 levels and above.  Additionally, to ensure players can practice skills, dedicated times have been established specifically for practice/drilling/ball machine usage.

  • Socials/Tournaments:  the Club conducts socials throughout the year; some are charity fundraisers benefitting local organizations.  There are also several in-house tournaments offered during the year and at least one outside tournament.

Below is more in-depth explanation of each of our court offerings. The most important rule is keeping with the spirit of pickleball: common sense, courtesy and fun are the foundation. 

Drop-In Courts

Drop-In courts are for players who want to play with a variety of players and not play with a particular group. Drop-In is available from 6 AM to 1 PM daily and 6:30 to 10 PM most evenings.

Drop-In court availability varies throughout the week as it rotates with other club events.  The daily schedule is listed on Court Reserve and shows on the TV monitor in the Ramada.

 

  • Play on courts that are dedicated to each ratings of play.

    • 2.0-2.5 / 3.0 /3.0-3.5 / 3.5 / 3.5-4.0 / 4.0 and above

    • Exception: if there are not enough 2.0-2.5 players to fill a court at one level, players may choose to play either at the level above or below (where can they GIVE the best game).

    • First thing in the morning, drop-in courts are 2, 3, and 9-12 until events begin.  Some events take drop-in courts which rearranges the courts and rating requirements to 3.0 and below and 3.5 and above.

 

  • To play:

    • Place your paddle in the box for the court you want to play on.

    • Players play one game (to 11 win by 1) then all four rotate off

    • The next four paddles in the box move onto the court

    • Paddles cannot be moved once in the box to play with specific players

 

  • If there are not enough players to fill a four-some on any court a combination of different level players are welcome to play.  However, when there are four players at the identified level, the court should return to have play at that level.   

    • Games are allowed to finish except when a club event is at its start time.

    • During busy drop-in times; if there is a large number of players waiting for courts and only four at another, the pickleball etiquette should dictate where the identified level should rotates every other game with a group of four.   We do not want any one group to be able to dominate one court while there are long lines of paddles waiting for other levels.

    • If there are not enough players to fill a four-some of level play, those players should determine what court they can offer the best play and join that box.  Although most players always welcome being able to “play up” please remember that may be requiring other players to play at a lower level than they like.

 

To utilize the courts most effectively, if there are two courts allocated for a level and there are six players (four playing and two waiting) instead of leaving an empty court - another group can use the court ONE GAME AT A TIME.  However, when there are enough players to use the court after the game is finished, the identified level always gets the court back.  

Open Play Courts

Open Play courts are for players who have prearranged to play in a group of four players. There are three Open Play PODS at PebbleCreek.

 

  • Courts 1, 8, and 13-16

  • Courts 17-20

  • Courts 4, 5, 6 and 7

  • Exception:   Courts 9-12, 2 and 3.   When these courts are not being used, the box outside of the court works as an open play box, however, these courts only rotate with those paddles in the box hanging on the fence.  Example, court two is open play and if other groups of four put their paddles in the box, they will rotate on to ONLY court two when the game is finished.

 

  • To play:

    • All four paddles must be together before placing them in a box.

    • No player may place extra paddles in the box…one player one paddle.

    • All games use traditional scoring to 11 points win by 1.

    • Paddle groups rotate onto the first open court (in the POD of courts) in the order that  the paddles were in the box. The next in line indicator is moved to the next set of paddles as the next group moves onto the court.

  • For groups with more than 4 players they must organize their group of paddles PRIOR to putting the paddles into the box.  Only the actual group of 4 players moving onto the court to play together may put their paddles into the box.

  • All players must exit the court at the end of each game.

  • If there are paddles waiting in the box, the group finishing their game must put their paddles at the the end of the line in the box.

  • Paddles waiting at various PODS’ may have shorter wait lines than others, be sure to look around.

  • Different POD’s of courts may have different advantages/disadvantages (lights and shadows).

    • Players need to first look to play where there are empty courts.

  • When all courts are being used:

    • All courts are shared no person or group can dominate or claim any court(s) unless they are participating in a Club event with identified courts.

 

Player Development

On the pcpickleball.org website there is a wide variety of information for players regarding coaching opportunities, videos and ratings.

 

For Beginners: The Club has skills progression, beginning with Intro to Pickleball and a pickleball 1.0 class.  These first two beginner classes are open to both members and non-members. If players want to continue skills and drills the Club offers for those who are club members 2.0 skills and drills and also 2.0 game play with coaching.

 

Skills and Strategies: Members at a 2.5 level or above are offered skills and strategies classes throughout the year.

 

Practice Courts:  PCPB Club considers practice as drilling, ball machines, and coaching. There are two different ways players can practice on the pickleball courts.  First and most common players may practice during off-peak times, when courts are readily available.  During these times, players are welcome to practice.  However, once ALL the courts fill, all practice must end and courts revert to either Open Play or Drop-In courts.  Secondly, there are identified times when players may use a court specifically for practicing for one hour.  During this hour, players do not need to share the court and may only drill, play singles, use ball machine or receive coaching.  Practice time starts and ends at the top of each hour.

 

Other Player Development:  Additionally, the Club offers special events like referee training, tournament preparation, etc.

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