Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. It’s a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The game features two or four players using solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball (similar to a Wiffle ball) over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, including the dimensions and layout of a badminton court and a net, and rules similar to tennis. 

Pickleball in the news:

Clinics and open play

Pre-registration required

Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the fundamentals or an experienced player aiming to refine your skills, clinics at The J cater to all levels. Led by certified instructor Steven Claassen, a 5.0 level player and PPR instructor, these clinics offer personalized coaching, drills, and gameplay strategies to help improve your technique.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Expert instruction from experienced pickleball coaches
  • Small group sizes for personalized attention
  • Skill-focused drills to enhance your game
  • Tips and tactics to improve your strategy
  • Fun and supportive atmosphere for players of all levels


General open play in Wood Gym ($5 for pay-to-play members*)

  • Mondays 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Fridays 9 a.m.–noon
  • Sundays 2–4 p.m.

For members only: The Wood Gym is also open during the following hours (one net):

  • Mondays, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, noon-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
  • Thursdays, noon-3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays, 8-11 a.m.

An outdoor court at the tennis courts is also available:

  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily
  • Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

*Pay-to-play pickleballers can simply set up an account (scroll to the bottom of the membership levels list for pay-to-play) and scan in at the front desk each visit for monthly billing.

Direct your questions to Athletics Director Kirsten Thomas.