What You Should Know About Pickleball in Littleton, Colorado

Pickleball is on the rise nationwide, which comes as no surprise to enthusiasts because the game is such a fun and entertaining way for people of all ages to enjoy competition and exercise. Littleton’s South Suburban Parks and Recreation offers plenty of options for beginners and professionals alike to learn and play around town. What are you waiting for?

What is Pickleball?

Interestingly, pickleball has been around since the mid-1960’s, but it wasn’t until recently that the game gained enormous popularity in the United States.

A combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court, utilizing a modified tennis net, while its participants use wooden paddles to hit a special plastic ball with holes in it back and forth.

Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors, with either four players (doubles) or two players (singles).

Learning to Play

South Suburban Park and Recreation offers several options for people aged 18+ who want to learn the game. At the Douglas H. Buck Community Recreation Center, there is a four-week boot camp offered that is described as a crash course covering rules, technique, strategy, and everything in between. There are similar sessions offered at Cornerstone Park (South), Goodson Recreation Center, Sheridan Recreation Center and Lone Tree Recreation Center. Cost of the boot camp is $48, and registration for the summer session closes on July 20th.

Private and semi-private lessons are also offered through South Suburban at the Cornerstone Park Courts. Private lessons are one hour long and vary in cost depending on the number of lessons scheduled.

Two-hour drop-in clinics, specifically geared toward beginner education, are also offered for adults 18+ at all of the South Suburban Rec Centers.

For players with experience who want to show up and compete, pickleball is included in the entrance fee for each recreation center. There are generally matches occurring from open to close on indoor and outdoor courts.

More of a spectator? See what the game is all about at the 2021 Rocky Mountain Championships August 10-15th at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The tournament will include standard men’s and women’s doubles play, mixed doubles, as well as special brackets for seniors’ and juniors’ play.

The Windermere Apartments, a 55+ community, provides a multitude of amenities for its active residents to enjoy. These beautiful apartments are conveniently located near some of Littleton’s best parks and pickleball courts. The Windermere is a pet-friendly community, and has a wonderful indoor pool for individuals who desire lower-impact exercise. Contact us today for more information and discover which of our spacious floorplans works best for you.

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