What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played both indoor and outdoor with paddles and a plastic ball on a court the same size as badminton. Pickleball is relatively new to Australia, but it is the fastest growing sport in the USA.
Why is my badminton club promoting the sport of Pickleball ?
Towards the end on 2017, our club was externally approached because our two sports share the same sized courts and line markings. The sport was then trialled to see if the sport was suitable for our stadium & club and to ensure no damage would occur to our courts.
By hosting/controlling the sport of Pickleball the committee of Hunter Badminton Inc. believes that this will increase our club’s chances of securing a new stadium in the future by not having compromise our courts with multi-purpose lines and non-compatible sports. Holding destiny in our own hands if you like – while at the same time promoting fun and keeping activity in another way.
Other benefits include – optimising stadium use, offering another option for Hunter Badminton members, attracting new people to our stadium, increasing badminton awareness and growing membership… plus Pickleball is a really fun sport with low impact and is great for all ages.
So who runs the sport of Pickleball in Newcastle ?
The committee of the Hunter Badminton Inc. has approved and set up a sub-committee to run social sessions and promote Pickleball for our club… and just like any other sub-committee working within our club, it reports back to the main board on a monthly basis. Currently our badminton club is the only venue where Pickleball is being played in the region.
Who is on the Pickleball sub-committee ?
Margaret Smith, Tony Morgan and Mary Beth Woolley make up the Pickleball sub-committee. Mary Beth first introduced this sport to us in 2017 and has since become a financial member of our club. If you think that you might want to get involved more than just playing Pickleball – then please make it known to one of the above members.
Tony Morgan – 0424 055 570
Mary Beth Woolley – 0419 291 117
Margaret Smith – 0403 841 126
Has the focus moved away from promoting badminton to Pickleball ?
Certainly not, we are a badminton club first and foremost !!!
However the amount and the quality of club’s activities is primarily determined and driven by sub-committees and not necessarily the main club committee. We currently have 7 subcommittees which oversee the large portion of our club’s overall actions.
Do you have to be a member to play Pickleball ?
No… membership is not compulsory (the same as it is for badminton) however being a club member does give you discounted playing fees and other benefits.
How much does it cost to play ?
Pickleball social sessions are very affordable.
The member’s price is $5 and our visiting/non-members fee is $10.
What equipment do I need and is there are requirements ?
The Hunter Badminton Club has purchased Pickleball paddles and indoor balls. This is free for players to use and is included in the social playing fee.
The only requirements is to wear non-marking shoes and possibly to assist with the resetting/hanging of the nets back to the correct badminton height after play.
When can I play Pickleball ?
Currently there is only one weekly Pickleball social session –
Every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.
Pickleball will also held on Wednesday nights whenever the Badminton Social League Competition is not running…. so on the weeks in between each term competition.
More sessions, competitions and coaching will become available as the sport grows in time.
How can I find out more about Pickleball ?
Contacting a member of the Pickleball sub-committee directly is probably the best method.
Our club has also set up a – Hunter Pickleball Club – Facebook group page.
Additionally our club will be setting up a – Hunter Pickleball website… so stay tuned for that or you could always Google – Pickleball in the meantime – to find out more about the rules, watch demonstration and competition videos or just source general information about the sport.