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Open Play Pickleball

Welcome to First Baptist Athletics - Pickleball 2023

FBA will start “Open Play” Pickleball on Monday, August 14th from 6 – 9 PM on Monday through Thursday evenings for $5/person per evening. Feel free to join us any evening or anytime during the 3-hour span. Please note:  we are conducting Beginner Pickleball Clinics on the following evenings so "Open Play" will be suspended from 6 - 7:30 PM until the clinic is completed the following evenings:

Thursday, September 14
Thursday, September 21
Thursday, September 28
Thursday, October 5
Thursday, October 12

We believe we will get an overwhelming positive response to “Open Play”, but we only have two Pickleball courts, and our maximum number of players is likely 12-16 (8 on the courts and the others waiting to play). To help manage the crowd and any changes to the “Open Play” schedule, we will frequently post the number of players waiting to play as an ‘Announcement’ on the website to avoid overcrowding and a wasted trip to the FBA gym, example: 

“Open Play” Details: 

  • Enter the FBA gym via door #2 or #3, complete the sign-in/sign-out sheet, and pay $5 per person to help pay for the on-site Pickleball Event Coordinator.  

  • FBA will supply paddles (for those who don’t have them) and game balls. Please bring a water bottle. 

  • Beginner to intermediate level players (ages 12 and up) are welcome, but please know the Pickleball rules to increase gameplay efficiency. “Open Play” is not necessarily an ideal place to begin learning Pickleball rules. USA Pickleball rules

  • Our two indoor FBA courts are a few inches short of regulation and the metal transition between the gym’s hardwood courts and tile walkways is not ideal, but we are reacting to the success of our sold-out spring and summer instructor led clinics to bring “open play” Pickleball games. 

  • We anticipate Steve Farley’s Beginner instructor-led clinics to be offered throughout the fall. We will likely add his Intermediate clinics. 

  • There will be no “Open Play” on Labor Day (Monday, September 4, 2023). At most, we will continue “Open Play” Pickleball until fall FBA basketball begins in mid-October. 

If you are interested in the Pickleball Event Coordinator position or any position posted on our website, please e-mail us at: [email protected] 

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