It's the most popular sport you've never heard of!

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country. Combining elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong, pickleball is easy to learn and fun for all ages.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine offers indoor and outdoor open pickleball play, pickleball events, private lessons (NEW) and Pickleball Basics, a one-hour class teaching the core aspects of the game. Pickleball offerings are free with your YGBW membership. 
 

 

YGBW members are invited to join our private Facebook group to find and connect with other players.

All pickleball offerings are included with your YGBW membership unless otherwise noted. Not a member? Request a free trial pass.

New Courts Coming to all Locations in Spring & Summer 2021

Because so many YGBW members love playing pickleball in our branches, we’re taking it to the next level! During the spring and summer of 2021, we’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches:

 

Brandywine YMCA - Coatesville, PA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At Brandywine, we're hard at work on: 

  • Four indoor courts coming later this summer
     
  • Two outdoor courts - now open! 

Indoor courts are available now for open pickleball play. View the Open Pickleball schedule

Jennersville YMCA - Atglen, PA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At Jennersville, we're hard at work on: 

  • Four indoor courts - now open! 

Indoor courts are available now for open pickleball play. View the Open Pickleball schedule

Kennett Area YMCA - Kennett Square, PA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At Kennett Area YMCA, we're hard at work on: 

  • Three indoor courts - now open! 
     
  • Three outdoor courts - now open! Please note: Courts are located at 132 North Walnut Street. Attendees should park at the YMCA in the main parking lot and follow directional signage for the short walk to the courts. 

Indoor courts are available now for open pickleball play. View the Open Pickleball schedule

Lionville Community YMCA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At Lionville, we're hard at work on: 

  • Four indoor courts coming in late June

Indoor courts are available now for open pickleball play. View the Open Pickleball schedule

Oscar Lasko YMCA - West Chester, PA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At the Oscar Lasko YMCA, we're hard at work on: 

  • Four indoor courts coming in fall

Indoor courts are available now for open pickleball play. View the Open Pickleball schedule

Upper Main Line YMCA - Berwyn, PA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At Upper Main Line, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Six outdoor courts - now open

View the Open Pickleball schedule

West Chester Area YMCA - West Chester, PA

We’re installing official indoor and outdoor courts across our branches. At West Chester, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Four indoor courts - now open!

Indoor courts are available now for open pickleball play. View the Open Pickleball schedule

More Information about Pickleball 

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. It combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong and is played with solid paddles and a perforated ball similar to a wiffle ball on a short solid court with a low net. 

With a shorter court and lightweight paddles, pickleball is a game that can be enjoyed by all ages and can be played as singles or doubles. Doubles is the more common form of play. 
 

How can I get started playing Pickleball?

During open pickleball, players can typically be broken up into beginner, intermediate and advanced courts. Players interested in getting started can join us for open pickleball and join in beginner play. 

Paddles are provided for members to use until they are ready to purchase their own.

Players are encouraged to wear athletic attire that allows for easy movement and sneakers or non-marking shoes. Tennis shoes are recommended as they provide the best stability for side-to-side movement. 
 

Looking for private lessons? Look no further.

What are the rules of Pickleball?

Pickelball is a game played to 11 points and players can only score points when they, or their team, has the serve. Matches must be won by two points - meaning if one team as 11 points and another has 10, play continues until the higher scoring team is 2 points ahead. 

Much like tennis or other racket sports, there are rules about serving and receiving a serve, places on the court that are out of play, etc.

Visit USAPA and read a comprehensive list of rules.
 

Additionally, we've brought a part-time pickleball coordinator on board who will be expanding our offerings with pickleball lessons, clinics, leagues and more!

For more information on the sport of pickleball, check out Pickleball Lane.

Pickleball at the YMCA is sponsored in part by:

Key Financial

If your organization would like to sponsor pickleball at the Y, please contact missionadvancement@ymcagbw.org.