Player Guidelines & Etiquette


2018 "AA", "A", and "B" Ward Park Pickleball Outdoor Play Guidelines (Tuesday/Thursday)

The trial period for the "AA" group has ended and will be continued for the remainder of the 2018 outdoor season.  If you are interested in trying out for any division, please visit the contact page on the website to submit your request. Two day tryout periods will be scheduled for all interested "AA" candidates and single day tryouts for "A" & "B" candidates on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Anyone with a 4.0 and above USAPA player rating will automatically be accepted in this group.

"AA" play will start at 8:00 and go until 9:30.  From 9:30 – 10:00 "AA" and "A" divisions will play together.  After 10:00 all groups will mix and play together.

Drop in players from other locations will be allowed to play and will be observed to determine their appropriate level of play.  

Any time any player wants to play down, they should be allowed to as long as that player is accepted by the other 3 players plays by the guidelines of that group.

Any player wishing to play up for a particular game can do so as long as the other 3  players are ok with the move.
Anyone wanting to move down in rating is free to do so at any time by requesting change from the steering committee.

Although targeting is a common practice in tournament play, we suggest that during regular play it is kept to a minimum. Each player should receive approximately half of the shots to make the game more enjoyable for everyone involved. 

2018 M-W-F Player Guidlines​

 Pickleballers of all levels are welcome to play on M-W-F mornings at Ward Park or ForeKicks.

 Lessons will be offered on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-9. Players wanting lessons should contact us via the contact page of our website 

Drills and practices will be held Friday mornings from 8-9 for all players wishing to improve their skills.

Social play will start promptly at 9 a.m. At that time, lessons and drills will follow the rules below.

A white dry erase board divided into squares will be used to determine order of play. Each square accommodates four names. Players will sign up in the next available space. For instance, if Joe and Mary are signed up to play and Mike & Tom wish to play, they will sign up in the box with Joe and Mary's names. Players are encouraged to play with everyone, including new players. This format will continue until 10am.

 At 10 am, players wishing to play more competitive games may do so. This includes players entered in tournaments, players looking to move up a level, and players wanting to improve their games.

Social play will continue for all other players.

Players wishing to move up to the "B" level should master all the skills listed on our website for "B' level players and then request a tryout using the contact page of our website.

We have a large group of players at different skill levels with different needs and wants regarding their play. We are trying to accommodate everyone with this system ,competitive players and social players.

These are guidelines. As with all guidelines, they are subject to change, depending upon the needs and wants of our membership. If you have questions, concerns or think of a better way, please contact us on our website

Thank you and Happy Pickleballing

2019 Ward Park Pickleball Sign-up Board Etiquette

Sign your name (or place your magnet) in the first box available with 0-3 names, or sign up in another box.

When you come off the court after a game, the winners sign up before the losers.  If two or more games end at the same time, all the winners have priority.

If two or more players want to play together, they may go to the next available box with openings.

If there are boxes ahead of yours which are not complete, you may not play until after the boxes before you have gone out to play.

Do not erase or move someone else’s name without their consent.
You may not enter a player’s name if they are currently playing a game.  If you want to play with a specific person, you must wait and sign up when that person comes off the court.

If you want a rematch, you must come off the court if people are waiting to play, then sign up as a group.
Since some of the courts are closer together, it is imperative to pick up the balls after each game is completed and put them in one of the buckets.

Games drop to 9 points when necessary to reduce player wait times. 

Four players wishing to use the court for drills can do so for a limit of 15 mins if there's less than 36 total players or 10 mins if 36 or more players.  [Outdoor courts]