Pickleball, it's the most popular sport you've never heard of!

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 with 37 courts across Chester County, pickleball events, one-hour private lessons and Pickleball Basics, a one-hour class teaching the core aspects of the game. Most pickleball offerings are free with your YGBW membership. 
 

 

All pickleball offerings are included with your YGBW membership unless otherwise noted.

Not a member? Request a free trial pass.

 

Pickleball Courts by YMCA Location

Brandywine YMCA - Coatesville, PA

At Brandywine, we're hard at work on: 

  • Five Outdoor Cours
     
  • Three Indoor Courts

View the Open Pickleball schedule

Jennersville YMCA - Atglen, PA

At Jennersville, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Three indoor courts

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Kennett Area YMCA - Kennett Square, PA

At Kennett Area YMCA, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Three indoor courts
     
  • Three outdoor courts
    • 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. 

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Lionville Community YMCA - Exton, PA

At Lionville, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Four indoor courts

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Oscar Lasko YMCA - West Chester, PA

At the Oscar Lasko YMCA, we're hard at work on: 

  • Three indoor courts

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Upper Main Line YMCA - Berwyn, PA

At Upper Main Line, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Three indoor courts
     
  • Six outdoor courts

View the Open Pickleball schedule

West Chester Area YMCA - West Chester, PA

At West Chester, we welcome you to play on our:

  • Four indoor courts

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. Try your hand at Pickleball with one of our one-hour private lessons. 

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.
 

Who can I contact to learn more or take Pickleball Lessons?

Meet Tim Irwin, Pickleball Instructor

Tim brings over 40 years of experience and tons of enthusiasm for the sport to his role as a Pickleball Instructor with the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.  

He holds numerous certifications and leadership positions and has won several awards including Level II International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association Teaching Professional, United States Profesional Tennis Association (USPTA) Elite Professional, USPTA- Middle States Hall of Fame member, USPTA- Middle States President, 2021 Keystone State Pickleball Championships Gold Medalist.  

Tim is a proud member of Brothers and Sisters of Charity and St. Vincent de Paul. We are lucky to have him on our team! Reach out to Tim Irwin if you have any questions. 

Meet Pickleball Instructor Tim Irwin, who teaches private pickleball lessons at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

 

How can I connect with other Pickleball Players?

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine uses an app called Team Reach to help players connect for pickleball open play. Individual access codes are available for YGBW members at the branch. 

Pickleball at the YMCA is sponsored in part by:

Key Financial

If your organization would like to sponsor a YMCA program or initiative - including Pickleball - please contact missionadvancement@ymcagbw.org.