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

News

Update on Daily Drop-ins/Open Play

from the Ocean Pines Pickleball Club Board of Directors

The past two weeks, we have used the Paddle Line-up method numerous mornings when all 8 courts were at capacity, usually between 9-10:30 am. Things have gone quite smoothly so far, although there are always small hiccups when trying something new like this.

Here are the 3 top hiccups, and our recommended solutions:

  • Hiccup #1: Players trying to reach the far courts are continually walking across the first 2-3 courts, constantly interrupting the play on those courts.
  • Solution #1: Let’s try two paddle line-ups, one on each side of the fenced-in courts. Each Line-up is for the 4 closest courts. You choose whether you want to paddle line up for the 4 courts closest to the Gazebo OR for the 4 distant courts. If you choose the distant courts, please walk around the outside of the fence to reach that area.
  • Hiccup #2: There is no designated Moderator of the Lined-up Paddles and the open courts as they become available.
  • Solution #2: Take a turn, by Stepping up to be that Moderator, until you are ready to go back to the courts. Then find someone to take your place as the Moderator if possible.
  • Hiccup #3: Identifying the Paddles that are Lined-up
  • Solution #3: Each Player should have their name on their paddle, either with a permanent marker or a label.

The Halloween Flash Mob is organizing again for 2018, under the direction of Teri Westbrook. Looking for even more adults to join last year’s mobsters who are staying on!
• No cost to you – just a commitment of your time to join the MOB.
• The minimum time commitment for newbies: 1 orientation meeting; 2 (1 hour) rehearsals in Sept/Oct; 1 final full cast rehearsal on Oct 30th in the evening.
• AND THEN OUR FUN BEGINS – Halloween, early evening event! Flashmob sites have been secured and are similar to last year.
• Many small parts and large opportunities open.
• If interested please send an email to Skip Flanagan at skip.tom321@gmail.com to get your name on the information meeting list. Information meeting choices will be in late August or early September during the day or in the evening. Commitment occurs after the information meeting.
Please respond to Skip no later than August 21st.

Clinics

August Intermediate Clinics!

By the OP Pickleball Club

August 14th & 28th 6-7pm

Before you sign-up, please read the details below about the waitlist and the member priority for Clinics

Jackie, Ron, and Linda are back again with August Clinics for Intermediate level players!

Limited to the first 12 who sign-up. Slots 13 & 14 on the Sign-up are waitlist slots. If you sign-up in slots 13 & 14, please keep checking back because your name will automatically move up if someone above you deletes their name.

Due to high demand, we ask that you sign up for only one of these clinics

1) August 14th Intermediate Clinic at 6:00 pm

Important: Ocean Pines Pickleball Members have priority on this particular Sign-up until August 3rd at noon. If you are not a Member, please do not sign-up for this Clinic until after August 3rd at noon. Sign-up for August 14th Clinic

2) August 28th Intermediate Clinic at 6:00 pm

Important: Ocean Pines Pickleball Members have priority on this particular Sign-up until August 17th at noon. If you are not a Member, please do not sign-up for this Clinic until after August 17th at noon.  Sign-up for August 28th Clinic

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 property owners. Associate memberships are available to those who are not residents or property owners.

New Pickleball Annual Membership Fees
Effective May 1st
Also, New Daily Play Fee for Non-Members

Effective 5/1/18, Annual OP Pickleball Membership includes:
-unlimited Outdoor Play on 8 courts at the OP Racquet Center
-unlimited Indoor Play on 2 courts, during times when Rec & Parks allocates weekly gym time to Pickleball Players

Ocean Pines Resident/Property Owner Pickleball Membership Rates

  • Family $250
  • Individual $150
  • Junior $55

Non-Resident/Property Owner Pickleball Membership Rates

  • Family $325
  • Individual $195
  • Junior $80

Pickleball Memberships may be purchased at the Ocean Pines Administration Building, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. The Administration Building is open year-round from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm from the last Saturday in April through the last Saturday in August.   For more information, call 410-641-7717.

Click here for amenity membership applications.

Indoor Pickleball Drop-In

Indoor Drop-In Schedule

June
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm June 7, 14, 21, & 28
Sundays, 2:00-6:00 pm June 10 & 24

July
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm July 5, 12, 19, & 26
Sundays, 2:00-6:00pm July 8 & 22

August
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm August 2, 16, 23 & 30
Friday, 7:00-9:00pm August 10
Sundays, 2:00-6:00pm August 5 & 19

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 for Non-Members

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.

Left: After 6 hours, OP Pickleball Player Adele Bradley and her partner Guy Gauthier from Canada won the Gold Medal in the South Florida Slam, Hovanian’s Four Seasons at Parkland Pickleball Tournament in Plantation, FL. 3.5, 70+

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.