MEETS Twice a week
WHEN Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday from 8.30am to 9.30am and 9.30am to 10.30am (you can book 2 hours if you wish)
WHERE Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, Silverwoods Way, Stourport Road, Kidderminster DY11 7DT. See Map
COST £2 per hour for u3a members
LEADER Michael de Groot
CONTACT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
DESCRIPTION

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, over a net. All players are welcome, from those who have only recently started playing to those with a bit of experience. Informal coaching is available, but please contact Michael in advance of attending so he can connect with you and take you through some initial coaching.

Our games are played much more for enjoyment than competition. While there is sometimes some friendly rivalry, everyone agrees that win or lose, it's great fun and good gentle exercise too.

We have two groups running each week. If you wish to come along to see for yourself before deciding, please contact the Leader, via email above, with your name and contact details. It’s such good fun and really keeps you active! Equipment will be provided free of charge by the centre, however if you wish to play regularly, please plan to purchase your own equipment. Michael can guide you on equipment.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Be conscious of your own injuries and ability.
A few suggested warm-ups on court:

  • Hip pendulums, forward and back leg swings, as well as side to side swings across the body (hold steady against a wall)
  • Shoulder shrugs and rotations back and forward
  • Arm swings of at least your dominant playing arm

In addition, use normal static muscle stretches before and after playing.
Avoid running backwards on court, reaching low to locate the ball or jumping in the air, remember the mantra, "if it's low let it go" and "if it's high let it fly". When the ball rolls onto another court shout "ball on court". Take breaks and drink water.
Pickleball Warm Up Routine

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Because our sessions are really very busy, it will NOT be possible to teach you how to play Pickleball during our regular sessions. Instead you can join a Pickleball Coach and Play session on a Thursday evening at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre at 6-7pm. You can book via: https://www.wyreforestpickleball.com/coaching/pickleball-coach-and-play - Please note that there is a charge for this session, payable in advance when you book online and is not run as part of the u3a. All equipment is provided.
We book 4 doubles courts on Mondays for 1 hour (20 people) and 4 doubles courts on Wednesdays for 2 hours (20 people per hour). Because of the demand for Pickleball, there is a booking system in place. During the early part of November 2023, we have switched to a new booking system via PicklePlay.com. In order to book via PicklePlay, you will require login details (email and password), so please ensure you ask the group leader to be added to the website/app in order to book your sessions.
If it is your first time, please familiarise yourself with the rules and how to play by watching the videos on this page. You can download the rules as a PDF.

If you are a non-u3a member, you are very welcome to come and play for up to 2 times, after which we invite you to become a member. You can find out more about u3a membership here



Pickleball Rules | The Definitive Beginner's Resource to How to Play Pickleball

 

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