What we're about

Hitting Balls Back and Forth, Running Around a Lot, Playing for Fun Not Points!

If you'd like to try pickleball then bring your happiest self out to hit some balls with other friendly pickleballers. We hope to see you on the court, or anywhere else we can play.

•Fun volleying, hitting the ball, and running around

•Goal is to just have fun sending the ball back and forth, slowly or quickly, we don't care

•We don't worry about points, no stress

• You can suggest place and time, and we'll post it!

Who will love this?
People who think it's fun to enjoy running around with a racket to get good exercise. If you like just volleying a ball back and forth to keep it going instead of keeping points (kind of like playing casual badminton) you'll love this. Camaraderie, exercise, and enjoyment are the primary pursuits. Adults 18 or over only please!

What skill levels may join?
You will get the most enjoyment if you are fairly new to the sport, aren't competitive, and don't care about keeping score. Playing for fun and exercise are the primary goals. If you haven't played before, we'll show you how. You should be moderately fit...you'll be moving a lot, and over time it would be great if you could fairly frequently connect with the ball, even if it doesn't go exactly where you'd like it to.

No worries / No stress / Just fun!
No one is going to care if you miss shots, hit out of bounds, or have a playing style that looks more like you are being chased by the ball than vice versa. ;) It's all good and just means more exercise. There is lots of great side to side movement and bending.

What should you bring?
If you can bring balls and paddles but there are always a couple of extras available. Our first paddles were just the plain wooden kind because we didn't want to care if they were dropped, borrowed, or not a good fit long-term. Now we like the graphite paddles. Here's a good one for $40 (https://amzn.to/2LG7FRz). Balls should be outdoor variety.

Where do we play?
Anywhere we can! We don't need an official court! Cul de sacs, rarely used tennis courts, or official courts at any town park or neighborhood are all good spots. My family plays in the street in front of our house sometimes and that's fun too.

How do you get involved?
Suggest a place and time to play by messaging me in Meetup (Von), or watch for a meetup notice. I am fine with meeting one on one if you want to so just message me. For a larger group when you arrive introduce yourself and jump right in and start hitting the ball around if there is a free spot and an available opponent. Or you'll rotate in when someone rotates out, usually around 15-20 minutes max.

Where are some FREE places to play?
White Oak Park (https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/parks-greenways-environment/parks/white-oak-park) 1216 Jenks Carpenter Rd. Cary NC The park we go to has three courts with free and open play. Courts are not reserved in any way but can be very busy.

W.E. Hunt Recreation Center (http://www.hollyspringsnc.us/340/Hunt-Recreation-Center) Holly Springs (4 courts! Usually a court or two open)

Carpenter Park (http://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/parks-greenways-environment/parks/carpenter-park) Cary (2 courts, so quite busy but after lunch weekdays usually a court open)

Neighborhoods too- lots of neighborhoods have pickleball now. Pearson Farms, Dogwood Ridge, 12 Oaks, Regency at White Oak Creek, etc. so if you live in one of these communities, invite a few members out to play. :)

Where can you find people playing ACTUAL PICKLEBALL and keeping points?
There are some really great groups out there. Here are a few:
For Fun Tennis/Pickleball Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/ForFunTennisPickleball/) -
Carpenter Park Cary - lots of meetups posted
Pickleball Carolina (https://pickleballcarolina.com/Default.aspx) -
White Oak Park Cary - Fri/Sat/Sun 9-12, weekdays 11ish
Town of Apex (https://www.apexnc.org/936/Monthly-Activity-Calendars) -
Community Center gym open play - Wed/Fri 10:30-1:30
Triangle Pickleball Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/TRIANGLE-PICKLEBALL-GROUP/)
Raleigh Playing Pickleball Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Playing-Pickleball-Meetup/)
Netsports (http://netsportsnc.com) pickup games, $5 per person, see site for details

Don't be shy, come on out. We look forward to meeting you!

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Pickleball Playing - One-on-One for Fun #3

Kelly Road Park

Thursday night #1

Kelly Road Park

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