Pickleball

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Pickleball is a game that combines elements from tennis, badminton and ping-pong… and is one of the fastest-growing sports in North America! This family-friendly game is very accessible to almost everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability. Pickleball is a racquet sport in which two to four players use a Wiffle ball and composite paddles on a surface half the size of a tennis court with a net lowered to 34″ in the center. Pickleball is lots of fun for both the experienced and non-experienced!

Ocean Pines Community Center (Indoor)
235 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines
410-641-7052

Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex (Outdoor)
11443 Manklin Creek Road, Ocean Pines
410-641-7228

Memberships

PLAY 3 & SAVE! Ask about our combo rate for all 3 racquet sports!

Pickleball Memberships
Amenity memberships are available to Ocean Pines residents and non-residents. Non-residents wishing to join the Ocean Pines Association to purchase amenity memberships may do so for an additional yearly fee of $250.

  • Family – $175
  • Individual – $100
  • Junior  $55

Click here for amenity membership applications.

News

Platform Tennis Introduces Timeless Tennis in Ocean Pines

Araceli Popen

Timeless Tennis offers a new and exciting opportunity for the Ocean Pines racquet community. Whether one is a tennis player, a platform tennis player, or someone who wants to try out a new activity, Timeless Tennis offers a unique experience along with exercise, fresh air and almost year- round play.

It all began with tennis and platform tennis player Araceli Popen. Araceli introduced the game in Ocean Pines when she discovered that the dimensions of the platform tennis courts were the same as those recommended for Timeless Tennis. Araceli explained that the hard court surface in Ocean Pines is perfect and that the 12-foot-high screens surrounding each court are just an added bonus because the balls stay within the court so the players  do not have to go far to  retrieve them.

Playing Timeless Tennis on a shorter and narrower court has many benefits. When Timeless Tennis is played on regular tennis courts, lines need to be drawn so that the court measurements conform to USTA recommendations.  Playing on platform courts is great for tennis players who want to work on their technique, for new players and for those who need a smaller court.

Araceli said, “When my husband Mike and I first discovered the platform tennis courts in the 1990s, I thought it would be a great way to get back in shape for tennis but because as we were so busy driving our children to tennis tournaments and swim meets, we didn’t have time to join then. We joined platform tennis in 2012 and got hooked on the sport. Timeless Tennis is fun because we get to play both tennis and platform tennis and enjoy the many different events that the platform tennis community offers.”

Araceli has a lot to offer. She has played tennis for many years and has run free summer clinics in Dover and Georgetown, Delaware for over 14 years. Her father started a USTA -sanctioned junior tennis tournament in 1973 and when he retired 16 years later, she carried on his legacy by running the tournament for an additional 20 years. In 2011 Araceli was inducted into the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame.

For the last two years, Araceli has volunteered her time and energy to introducing Timeless Tennis on the Ocean Pines platform tennis courts.  She is known for her enthusiasm, patience and ready smile.

Timeless Tennis drop-ins are held every Wednesday from 4-6 pm at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. For more information, contact Araceli at aspopen@yahoo.com or call 302-270-8118.  After a 30-day free trial period and free lessons, the purchase of a platform tennis membership or a drop-in fee will be required.

Indoor Pickleball Drop-In

Indoor Drop-In Schedule

Through December 26, 2017
Tuesday   7:30-9:30pm

Through Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Wednesday   2-5pm

Through December 31, 2017
Sunday   
1-5:30pm

Indoor Drop-In Fees
$2 Pickleball Members (NEW REDUCED RATE!), $5 OP Residents, $7 Non-Residents

NEW! Join the Ocean Pines Association for $250 and receive resident rates where all rates apply for any amenity!

Call 410-641-7052 to register. To view the drop-in schedule and sign-up to play this week, click here.

Outdoor Pickleball Drop-In

Outdoor Drop-In Schedule

Please click here to view the current pickleball schedule.

Outdoor Drop-In Fees
Free for Pickleball Members, $5 Non-Members

NEW! Join the Ocean Pines Association for $250 and receive resident rates where all rates apply for any amenity!

Call 410-641-7052 to register. To view the drop-in schedule and sign-up to play this week, click here.

Important Links

Please keep using Sign-up Genius link to indicate when you are playing, as this helps all of us!  We will also base the popularity of outdoor & indoor times upon the number of sign-ups.

If you have any problem using the Sign-up Genius, please click “Help” on the sign-up page and submit your problem, and they will respond very promptly.  Also, try signing up from a tablet or laptop/ computer.

Here is the link to check out the Ocean Pines pickleball website for ALL the info you need, including OP pickleball t-shirts and towels for sale, photo albums of our players and the OP Pickleball Player Directory!  Note – there is a link to the weekly drop-in sign-up page at this website too. (The website is best viewed from a laptop, tablet or computer.)

Click here to view the link for pickleball pictures!

Visit the Administration Office or the Racquet Sports Complex for more information.

Description

The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer smaller version of a Wiffle ball.

Pickleball is similar to tennis, but with differences. A pickleball ball typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball and the court is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court.

The ball is served underhand from behind the baseline, diagonally to the opponent’s service zone.
Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return the ball, hits ball out of bounds, steps into the ‘kitchen’ area [the first seven feet from the net, also known as the non-volley zone] in the act of volleying the ball, etc.). A player may enter the non-volley zone to play a ball that bounces, and may stay there to play balls that bounce.