The UW Health Sports Factory hosts drop-in pickleball during select times.
Dates: November - December
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9:30 a.m. to Noon; 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Fridays only)
Cost: $5 per session
Pickleball Open Gym Punch Pass
11 punches for the price of 10 - $50 – a $5 savings. Good for 12 months from date of purchase.
Learn to Play Pickleball (A Nationwide Craze)
Pickleball continues to pick up in popularity, and now you can be a part of the nationwide craze
that’s impacting the stateline area. Pickleball is an easy, modified tennis-like game played on a
badminton size court using heavier type Whiffle™ balls. This is a chance for you to learn how the
game is played. Each session wraps up with a fun tournament complete with prizes. Fee includes
use of pickleball paddles. For more details, contact the program supervisor at 815-966-8770.
Pickleball is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball), and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball was named after one of the co-inventor’s cocker spaniel dog named “Pickles,” who chased stray balls and then hid in the bushes. In 1984, the USAPA was organized to promote the growth and development of pickleball, not only on a national but an international level. This organization provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings, and promotional materials. The United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) is a nonprofit corporation, and is governed by a board of directors. For more information about the USAPA, visit www.usapa.org. You can also visit www.northernillinoispickleball.com.