Coming Together on the Courts

People of all ages learn to play pickleball

Pickleball. The popular sport with a funny name has taken the country by storm and Y members by heart. The YMCA is all about inclusivity and community - and so is pickleball. This sport appeals to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, making it naturally inclusive. And the social component is just as strong as the fitness component, making pickleball a sport that keeps players coming back for more fun - and more friends!

Whether you are already captivated by all things pickleball or are just getting started, we've got you covered! Below are our top ways to learn more about pickleball this winter.

  1. Watch our Members Tell 6abc Why They Love Pickleball
    Last month, a news crew from 6abc joined some of our dedicated pickleball players at the Upper Main Line YMCA to find out why they love the sport so much. Watch the 6abc segment to hear about pickleball directly from our Director of Pickleball, Tim Irwin, and dedicated members Linda and Jim Brobson, John Anderson and Fred Witzeling.

  2. Learn from our Pickleball Pros

    Intro Level

    Each week, our Pickleball Pros host introductory clinics that are free for members and only $25 for non-members. If you're just beginning your journey into the world of pickleball, this is the best starting point. In this one-time class, you'll learn about terminology, basic rules of play, equipment and court etiquette. Anyone age 12 or older is welcome to register.

    Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels
    If you already know the basics of the game, you are ready for one of our more advanced clinics. Each clinic focuses on strategy and skill development - based upon your level of play: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. These clinics are taught by our Pickleball Pros and cost $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Browse our listing of clinics to find the one that matches your level.

  3. Paddle Up for a Purpose on February 11 and 12
    Already know your level of play? Join us for a valentine's tournament at the Lionville Community YMCA on February 11 and 12. This fun and competitive pickleball tournament costs $40 per person + $10 per person for each bracket played. All proceeds will go towards our financial assistance program. Fuel our mission while having fun!

  4. BONUS - Just for Kiddos!
    Does your camper want to get into the pickleball mix? We've got pickleball-packed summer camps for youth who have completed grades 1 - 8. In addition to receiving daily pickleball instruction, campers will participate in traditional day camp activities including swimming, STEM, Art, and much more! The length of daily pickleball instruction is dependent upon age. 

  5. BONUS - Just for our Adaptive Community!
    On January 21, we're expanding our Adaptive programming by adding Pickleball into the mix. Adaptive programs are for individuals with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities who choose to participate in activities alongside others with diverse abilities. Siblings and peers are encouraged to join.

    Join us at the West Chester Area YMCA from 1:00 to 3:00 for an amazing day of Adaptive Pickleball. We'll provide everything you need: equipment, instructors and loads of FUN. You'll love learning the game, working on new skills and making new friends at the Y! This event is free and open to all - including non-members. Registration is required.


Want to learn more about pickleball at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine? Check out our info-packed website. We hope to see you on the courts soon!