Pickleball - Organized Play

Pickleball Two Ladies

What is Pickleball?

This fast-growing sport is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. Pickleball is played with a perforated plastic ball and wooden/composite/graphite paddle. Visit the USAPA Pickleball website for more information on the sport of pickleball.

Safety Precautions

The most important attribute to a safe pickleball game is having good balance. Players need to be in reasonably good physical shape before beginning pickleball. Additionally, the following equipment is needed:

  • Eye Protection - Eye protection is suggested, such as regular eyeglasses or safety glasses.
  • Shoes - Court/tennis shoes are necessary. Walkers, runners, cross trainer shoes are not safe for this sport.

Pickleball Classes

Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Strokes and Strategy classes are offered throughout the year. See our recreational programs page to view our most recent Active Lifestyles Guide, directions on how to have a guide mailed to you or to register for programs online.

Play Options

View the monthly countywide pickleball calendar (PDF) and countywide pickleball locations (PDF).

  1. Rotation Play
  2. Drop-In Play

Rotation Play

Organized play where players line their paddles up on the fence. Starting on the left, the first four paddles are next in line to play when a court becomes available.

Register Indoor Locations in Advance

Outdoor Locations

Scheduled times and days for these locations are posted on the monthly pickleball calendar located under "Schedules" and "Monthly Schedules."

Pickleball Center, Chesterfield Career and Technical Center -Hull Street Campus (CTC@Hull)
13900 Hull Street Road
During Scheduled Calendar Times

Pickleball Center, Daniel Park at Iron Bridge
6600 Whitepine Road
During Scheduled Calendar Times

Scott Pickleball Center, Rockwood Park
3401 Courthouse Road
During Scheduled Calendar Times

Indoor Locations

Registration no longer required to play 50+ indoor pickleball at Bon Air United Methodist Church and St. Mark's United Methodist Church. No course numbers being used. Free.

St. Marks United Methodist Church
11551 Lucks Lane
Fridays, 12:30-3 p.m., Open Rotational Play
Start date: Sept. 9-Dec. 5

Bon Air United Methodist Church 
1645 Buford Road
No play scheduled Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the week of Dec. 26

Mondays, 3-5 p.m., Open Rotational Play
Start date: Sept. 12-Dec. 22

Thursdays: (not held the third Thursday of each month)

  • 2-3 p.m., Beginners play, no instruction provided
  • 3-5 p.m., Open Rotational Play

Start date: Sept. 8-Dec. 22

The Scott Pickleball Center at Rockwood Park

In 2010, volunteers Dave and Linda Scott began a quest to bring pickleball to Chesterfield County. That same year, the Parks and Recreation Department began offering pickleball instruction and play. The Scotts coordinate the program which now boasts more than 500 participants playing seven days each week at eight Chesterfield locations. In 2014, Parks and Recreation converted three existing tennis courts at Rockwood Park into eight pickleball courts. Chesterfield County budgeted $30,000 for the project and received donations of $19,500. The courts are in constant use today.

Reopening Ceremony

Celebrate the reopening of the Rockwood Park pickleball courts on Monday, Oct. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. The ribbon cutting begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring a paddle and enjoy the courts after the ceremony!

Contact

For more information about pickleball in Chesterfield, contact:

Darlene Holland
Parks and Recreation
804-751-4753
Email Darlene Holland

Linda Scott
Chesterfield Pickleball Club
804-683-8481
Email Linda Scott

Scott Pickleball Center - Rockwood Park