Updated Pickleball Rules – Effective July 20th

Please understand this is a fluid situation, we are receiving updated information on a daily basis; please read the entire email.

    • Doubles Play is now allowed while always maintaining six feet of distance.
    • All pickleball will be played on courts 5 & 6, all tennis will be played on courts 1 thru 4.
    • Play times for both clubs:
      Open daily 9 am to 12:00 pm and again from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, when a court monitor will always be present to ensure compliance.  The courts will be closed for play from noon until 4:30 daily, and after 7:30 PM. Failure to comply may result in the courts being locked.
    • Everyone may only sign up once per day.
      You must have a reservation to play and all players must be listed in your reservation.

The new reservations will go into effect Sunday evening, July 19th   Any existing reservations outside the allowed time slots will be removed.
Cut off time for same day reservations is 8:30 am.

When making a reservation on the same day as you wish to play you are required to sign up using the “Book a Court” application before 8:30 am on that day.

No walk on players allowed, only those players signed up will be allowed on the court.
Players will sign up for courts utilizing the online reservation system: https://villagestennisclub.org/book_a_court/
Currently, we are using volunteers to monitor courts (see below). During this time, we may cancel players reservations to ensure an approved monitor is playing during that time slot. You will be notified if this impacts your reservation.

You are still required to use only Villages approved Pickleball paddles and Villages approved balls.
Playing time is limited to one hour and twenty minutes. There must be at least 10 minutes of open time between reservations to allow players to exit and enter the courts without traffic through the gates. If you reserve 9 am stop play at 10:20 am.  Reserve play at 10:30 then stop play at 11:50, etc.
Guests/family are not allowed, Villages residents only
No shaking hands or bumping elbows.
Players shall leave the courts promptly at the end of their assigned period. 
No drop-in play, no lessons, and no more than 4 players on a court.
Complete guidelines and rules will be posted at the Tennis Shack, and on the Pickleball Website

No benches to be used and water fountains are closed
Court monitors are now required
Monitors will make sure we are wearing a mask upon entering and exiting courts.  Once play has started you may remove your mask while always maintaining the 6′ social distance. 

Monitors will make sure all players are maintaining 6’ social distance during play. Failure to do so will result in playing with masks, so please comply. 

Monitors will make sure you have a reservation and that all players’ names are on the reservation.  Each morning before 9 am the court monitors will pick up the paper copy of the reservation list and check off your reservation.

Attached is a link for a job application with the Villages.  They are looking to hire court monitors.  Please use this link or contact Mary Tatum in Community Activities at 408-223-4643

In the meantime, we have identified Pickleball members who will volunteer until the Villages finds the staff it needs.   If you are willing to help with this, please email Anahid Gregg.

Thank you,
Bill Pomeranz, President Pickleball Club

“Battle of the Paddle” Tournament Results

This past Saturday, an enthusiastic group showed up to play in our latest tournament, the “Battle of the Paddle”.  Sheryl Ruth and Robyn Siebenthall organized the event, with the priceless help of Betty Olsen.  It was yet another fun and social occasion for the Pickleball Club!

The tournament was divided into 2 divisions, results are as follows:

A Division: Winners: Sherry Benz/Peggy Seidel, Runners-up: Joyce Kludt/Robyn Siebenthall, Consolation champions: Debbie and Danny Kirwan, Consolation runners up: Kathy Ashby/ Anna Hewitt

B Division: Winners: Glenn Seidel/Betty Olsen, Runners-up: Mike and Judy Falarski, Consolation champions: Bob Shuck/Fred Schmae, Consolation runners-up: Phil and Linda Frocht 


See all the photos

Pickleball Club gets Honorable Mention!

Pickleball was well represented at The Villages July 4th parade this year. The Pickleball Club had a decorated golf cart driven by Julie Walias, with Anahid Gregg as the Statue of Liberty, that received Honorable Mention by spectators. There was also an entry of Pickleball fans that included Mike Walias and Mark Gregg playing pickleball while walking the entire route!

Palo Alto One Step Closer to Permanent Pickleball Courts

video:  https://abc7news.com/5277174/

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) — No pickles are needed to play the game of Pickleball. The sport is considered the fastest growing, across the U.S. All it takes is a paddle, whiffle ball and a net.


“They do say it’s tennis, badminton and ping pong,” Monica Engel Williams said.  Williams is the Palo Alto Pickleball Club President. On Monday, she showed what it takes to prepare for a match at Mitchell Park.

Blue lines across a dual-use court currently dictate where makeshift pickleball courts begin, and where permanent tennis courts stand.

“Right now, we have nets that we have to take out of the bag, put the nets up, take them down, put them away,” Williams described.

She explained these are tasks that can be a tall order for some seniors, and simply extra work for others.  “In two years, we figured we had lifted seven-tons of nets, because they’re like 23 pounds each,” Williams said.

Pickleball enthusiasts in Palo Alto have spent about 2.5-years pushing for permanent courts at the park. Tennis players have pushed back.

However, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission recently backed a plan- a compromise to accommodate all athletes.  Palo Alto’s Director of Community Services, Kristen O’Kane told ABC7 News, “We scaled it back.” She said initially, there was talk about turning the dual use court into permanent Pickleball courts.

“We’re just converting the one tennis court to pickleball, and then building two new courts,” O’Kane said. 

If approved by Palo Alto City Council, the one tennis court should fit four designated pickleball courts, equipped with permanent nets and all.
The hope is to help build a better Bay Area for a population dominating the game.

“It fosters a sense of community, especially for the senior population,” O’Kane explained. “Some of whom may not have interaction with anyone else during the day.”

The move for permanent courts would mean less time prepping, and more time playing pickleball.

Councilmembers are expected to decide May 20th. If approved, construction should begin in August, with completion in October.

April will be Busy! Annual Meeting & Tournament

The Pickleball Club will be having a very busy weekend April 6th and 7th. Saturday, April 6th will be a team pickleball tournament. Each team will play men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Thanks to the tennis club we will be using all tennis courts.

On Sunday, April 7th the club will have it’s annual meeting at the Foothill Center. We will begin with a potluck of heavy appetizers and desserts followed by the election of our new officers and short overview of this past year and the year to come. This event will begin at 4:30pm.

We hope to see all members at both events. More information will follow as we get closer to “Pickleball Weekend”. Don’t know much about pickleball? Interested? Come watch our FUN tournament and meet our friendly members. Check out our website villagespickleball.org   See you on the courts!

Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ coach – Big on Pickleball

“In three to four years, pickleball will be bigger than golf and it won’t even be close,” Haney said. (We didn’t fact check that claim, but the 100-plus pickleball courts at The Villages, America’s largest retirement community, are a sure indicator that the game is enjoying a Golden Age.) “If you have a retirement community in the U.S. and you don’t have a pickleball court, you might as well be out of business.”

Here’s why Hank Haney was at the PGA Show preaching the gospel of… pickleball?