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Recreational Play


Recreational play is open to all pickleball players to come and play as a drop-in with other pickleball players.  There is no fee to play in the outdoor facility at Dick Samp Park which currently has twelve outdoor courts.  The Aquatic Center has indoor pickleball a few times a week so check the Calendar page for scheduled dates/times to play.  The ARK used to have indoor pickleball in the gym but they are currently closed for pickleball play due to renovations taking place. 



  1. Introduce yourself to your partner and opponents before play starts.

  2. Compliment all players on great shots and volleys.

  3. Opponents call your shots in or out. You may disagree but it’s their call. 

  4. Tap paddles after each game, say ‘thanks’ or ‘great game,’ keep it positive.

  5. Gently toss or roll the ball to the next server so he/she doesn’t have to chase after it.

  6. Banter is part of the fun, especially if you know the other players. Be sensitive with unknown players.


  1. Does your partner ignore basic strategy, make same mistakes repeatedly, and so on? Remain positive. It’s just a game and it only lasts a few minutes.

  2. Want to play a certain style, stacking for instance? Ask your partner if it’s okay. Don’t dictate. 

  3. Tap paddles between serves. It feels good, builds team spirit.

  4. Help beginners improve. Ask if they’d like pointers when you play together. Tell them about training and strategy info on national and local websites. 


  1. Never tell someone they’re not good enough to play on a particular court. It’s okay to suggest moving to a court that’s in that person’s skill level.

  2. Everyone prefers playing at or near their own skill level and getting a good workout but that’s not always doable.

       See number 4 under Court Usage.


  1. Four off, four on after each game ends is the standard when all courts are in use and players are waiting.

  2. Never place your paddle ahead of others already in the queue.

  3. Want to play with certain people? Place your paddles together at the end of the queue and have others skip past you until you’re the next foursome.

  4. Monitor your paddle in the queue and be ready to play when the time comes.

  5. Put your name on your paddle so if you’re distracted, your name can be called when it’s your turn. It’s a smart thing to do anyway, keeps paddles from getting lost or adopted.

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