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No Guarantee

Posted by Claudia Fontana at May 25, 2019 4:12PM PDT

Indoor courts are not a Guaranteed play during the summer Season .. check the announcenents forany change in schedule.
Outdoor play is weather permitting.

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Posted by Independence Pickleball (IPBC) at May 4, 2019 5:00PM PDT

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Outdoor play is t here. Please be advised the center divider will be changing to a fence system. Please pay attention to posted signs for play delays. PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK


Please call the Recreation Dept to check for last minute changes. 

OUTDOOR PLAY IS FREE!. Scheduled times are for session play ONLY and social rotational substitution is required. NO PRIVATE play during the scheduled sessions. 

  ATTENTION: INDY INDOOR Civic Center and IHS Field House fees are now $5/drop in session OR purchase a punch card 10/$40. Cards are good at both locations. All resident membership fees and non-resident fees apply.   

(PUNCH CARDS ARE USED FOR ONE PER PERSON ADMISSION AND ONLY FOR SCHEDULED INDOOR PB SESSION PLAY ONLY. Punch cards are not valid for private session play or for scheduled private lessons.

 Sessons are not private session play times. ROTATION of players is REQUIRED after each game. Follow daily rotational play.  By attending you AGREE to follow all daily rotational play regulations. Please follow thes procedures to maintain court privileges. 

  IMPORTANTREMINDER. NO chairs are to be placed on the playing surface. Non playing participants can watch from outside the court.




Sunday Mornings    10am-12pm (3.5 and up)    

                  Upper Int-Advanced Skill  Highly COMPETITIVE

Monday Evenings    6pm-8pm (FH) Beginner/Novice – Interm. level or Rec. Play with minimal instruction

Wednesday Evenings   7pm-9pm (3.5 and up)    

                      Upper Int-Advanced Skill Highly COMPETITIVE

Mon/Wed/Fri Mornings  9am-11am (1.0-3.0 play) 

             Beginner/Novice to Inermediate level or Recreational Play  

OUTDOOR play has 6 courts always available. IF, all courts are being used, Follow the paddle pile up rotational play format. Wait your turn for next to go in.

RULE OF THUMB>> If only a few courts are being used during scheduled play. And IF there are less then 6 players in waiting.. ONE COURT should be used as a PRACTICE WARM-UP court.  NOTE: the order to which players are next to go in. When a game court ends a game, 2 players from the PRACTICE WARM-UP court  will move into the game rotation. Please establish CLEAR rotational waiting protocols. These social SESSIONS are NOT for private pla or to make your own foursome of players. This is a social play activity with MIXING of partners. We ask that you follow these procedures. Those who neglect these regulations will be asked to go to the end of of the waiting line or will be asked to leave the session. We thank you for your cooperation to make this a fun and social experience for all who participate.

Indoor play is limited to 2 courts at the Civic Center. Be AWARE that waiting is expected. Games may be played to 9 win by 1. Rotation of 4 players out IF there are 6 players in waiting. Otherwise winners stay and split. Non-residents are guests of the city please be sure to have a waiver on file and understand the expectations and follow the local rules and regulations of the pickleball group. Please DO NOT attempt to ask the front desk if more courts can be used. All directives will come from the designated RESIDENT in charge. A resident MUST be in attendence for the duration of ANY indoor session. 

KNOW your skill level and come at the appropriate level play day. 

Make it fun and enjoyable for all at each level of play

  Wear appropriate court shoes for indoor play. Refrain from wearing outdoor or dark soled shoes on the indoor courts. Please check area for article left on bench before you leave ANY playing area. 


The Civic is located at:  6363 Selig Dr. Independence Ohio  44131  Phone: 216-524-3262

The IHS Field House is locate behid the High School 6354 Selig Drive.

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Please follow local rotational procedures. Thank You

The philosophy of participation during organized session play is to promote an atmosphere of learning the game and encouraging social interaction with the fun and exhilarating play of pickleball. All community participates from Independence to around the local area are welcome in these indoor organized sessions. (See fee that apply). We are here to support the development of pickleball as it grows throughout the country in an organized playing situation.

I encourage you to join our governing body the USAPA to help grow the sport and support the organization. It not just a game, it’s a healthy and positively addicting activity. USAPA helps to support our needs.

During these times of play, all courts are reserved for the group participation and ALL are REQUIRED to follow a rotational system of play that we have established. We ask that you follow these procedures to fairly rotate individuals throughout the session to play a variety of participates. Private or other public play is not available during the fall, winter or early indoor season.

We urge you to learn the rules and to play the game by coming to our Monday night and Friday morning beginner to intermediate play times Skill levels 1.0 – 3.0. You can learn the basics of the game play at these sessions.You can find the rules here: 


Those with advanced skill level 3.5 -5.0 and successful management of the rules should join play at the advanced level sessions of Wednesday night and Sunday mornings. During these sessions, the play is vigorous and highly competitive. Those participating in these play times have higher skill level and play with intensity. Please see rating sheets to evaluate your level of play.


OPEN Social play is for all participants to move around and play with LIKE abilities.  Paddle Pile up, turn taking OR Pin up will help keep order of play. Waiting may be part of the session. Expect to wait your turn. KNOW that you will be waiting if and when there are large numbers of players. Late comers should start at the end of the line and wait for entry.

These session are designed for divisional level play. If you find your self losing more than you are winning, you should stay at the 1.0-3.0 level until you are winning 85% or more of your games with multiple partners within that 1.0-3.0 level. Moving up may become frustrating for you as well as advance player expectations May be higher.

Rules and Regs 

Indoors at the Civic Center we are guarenteed 2 courts. Any additional courts will be at the discrection of the Resident in charge ONLY.


Waiting is expected when we do play indoors. Everyone will get a chance to play as long as the order of play for the day is followed. Remember few courts means more wait time. Expect to wait longer. Please do not attempt to set up nets or speak with the front desk without the consent of the resident in charge for the evening. The Rec staff does NOT run the program. Non-residents are guests of city are to follow the rules of the city regulations. Any violations or misuse of the regulations will be cause for suspension to the offending individual. 

Indoors at the IHS Field House. There will be four courts for play on a regular basis on the assigned dates. All rotational rules during sessions are required. All courts are reserved for rotational play or designated session activity as deemed by the attending resident on file. Any disrespect of the rules and your pass/ may and will be revoked by the attending management official. Check with the Civc Center for local weather when weather is poor. City seasonal activities take priorty and the courts cannot be reserved for rain date expectation. Check weather before coming to outdoor play.

There are several systems of rotation and the court leader of the night will make the decision of how the session will be run.         See: HOW TO ROTATE PLAYERS during busy session.  

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Private and group lesson upon request. Contact Claudia for further information. 

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Want to have your game evaluated. Contact Claudia and ask her how to get game video analysis done. 

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Addicted yet?

If you’re anything like I am you are already heading for pickleball fever. A game of exciting competition with only a few rules to manage and LOTS of fun to be had. 

Independence Pickleball is a  vetran group bwith the support of the city Recreation Dept we are growing as a hot spot. Think of a Mini Tennis game or Giant ping pong game and you have PICKLEBALL.

Each week brings in new players and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Pickleball IS the fastest growing sport in the nation and internationally! With rules that combine, tennis, table tennis and badminton, this sport is HOT!.

Using a solid paddle, whiffleball, 34"  high net and a court 20′ × 44′ (badminton size) the games  starts with an underhand serve diagonally with a bounce to the receiving teams court and then one back on the serving teams court for one more bounce. From there the game gets fanatic. Staying out of the "kitchen" is the key to great scoring with fast paced ‘fencing’ like moves, the games becomes spontanious and yes addicting.

Really the only rules you have to manage are:

1-  Serve crosscourt underhand below the waist

2 – The TWO bounce rule at service and reception

3 – Stay out of the Non Volley Zone or "KITCHEN"  when teyong to volley.

Here are some detalis to  rules to managent and how the game progresses:  

 —Each game is played to eleven (11) points or win by two (2). You only gain points if you team is serving.

 **Service is underhand w/o a bounce out of your hand diaganal from behind the base line to the opponnts service court. Always start a side-out from the Right hand court and then serving team alternates service court sides for each point won. Whomever is in the right hand court at the time of a side-out is the first server. You’ll be switching service court sides during play as you score points. You may or may not be the first server next side out.

—The score must be announced before EACH service.

-Each player per team gets to serve for points before a ‘side-out’ - except at the begining of the game.. First team to serve in the game gets only ONE server to gain points before the side-out.

—Service must land in the opponent service court

—A served ball hitting the NVZ line is a FAULT and a loss of service. The line is IN the NVZ.   

Scoring seems to be the funniest thing.. you give three (3) numbers each time you are ready to serve.

Your teams score, your opponents score and the number of the server that ‘side-out’. Each memeber or the team gets to serve during their service round. (except at the very beginning of the game)

Server one (1) serves and wins points till they lose their service. Alternating service court sides for each service point scored, then their partner serves till they lose the serve.

So when you’re scoring you would say for example: 8-6-1  = Serving team has 8 pts, opponent has 6 pts, and it’s the first server in that side-out is serving..   as so on… 


**TWO BOUNCE RULE:  Serving from behind the endline diagnally to the opponents court with a bounce, when returned to the serving team it MUST bounce before the service team can attack.

    SO..  The rally starts with a Ball bouncing once on each sides of net before either team can attack the ball from a bounce or volley back (from the air w/o a bounce). Attacking the ball on a fly or Volley is illegal if you are STANDING in the NVZ. before, during or after the attack.

**NON VOLLEY ZONE (NVZ): No ball shall be attacked in the No Volley Zone or ’KITCHEN" without a bouce— SO A player can  be in the NVZ but cannot attack the ball on a fly. This keeps the game fair at the net.

— Before attacking a ball between the net and the NVZ line on your side of the court, the ball MUST bounce.

—Attacking the ball without a bounce is legal only from BEHIND the NVZ line (after the two bounce rule of course) but don’t fall in or let your momentum take you in…Stay balanced and continue play. 

- An attacker CANNOT step on the line of the NVZ or in the NVZ before, during or after that strike..  

—The line is considered IN THE KITCHEN during rally play.

Manange these 3 simple but sometimes challenging rules and you’re playing PICKLEBALL..

Really… Once you start to play you’ll be hooked.  


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1/2 Court singles or Texas Shootout

Posted by Claudia Fontana at Jan 18, 2016 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

 A game with many names but still is a good workout if you don't have the full 4 some. This was suggested by another USAPA Ambassador. Try it is a fun game

Many people love 1/2 court singles as it allows 2 individual people to work on their "doubles" game. The only time I would play this is in a couple situations

a) I only was able to find one friend to play with

b) Group of 6 playing doubles.....instead of sitting and watching, play 1/2 court singles on a second court while the doubles game is happening.

Rules are pretty simple.....all shots must be played on half court....use chalk to draw a line down the middle of the kitchen or be slightly generous on class in the kitchen dinks. 

     Only variations I do know....switch halves of the court based on score, or stay on one side the entire game as it really doesn't matter too much (but, yes it does for Erne shots). 

It's fun, but can't really be played indoors at most places as court space is a rare commodity to begin with...have to maximize 4 people on a court in most situations. 

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Posted by Claudia Fontana at Aug 1, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

 If you haven't heard the Independence Pickleball courts are 98% complete and playable.

Only the dividing net is waiting to be installed. CAUTION!.. The temporary dividers are not stable .. Play is at your own risk. Play with safety in mind, ALWAYS!

Our Sunday group was pleasantly surprised to just walk up and JUST PLAY. No nets to set up.. NICE!.

A HUGE thanks to the City of Independence and the Rec maintenance dept. HUGE kudos to Laura who volunteered

countless hours to assist in this project.

Literally our blood, sweat and patience was left on the court.

I hope you have a chance to come and play during our sessions.

With that being said.. During our scheduled sessions we will be following several procedures to KEEP the flow of the game and to continue to grow our sport.

So here are some basic rules and regulations we ask you to follow during scheduled play times at this facility. They are ALSO posted on the fence near the gate.

This is and has been very exciting to come to our community. I STRONGLY urge you to write the community leaders for making this happen. Tom Walchanowicz, the Rec. Director was the go to man to help get these courts to happen. If you write city hall be sure to mention his name for his help, guidance and vision to see that Pickleball is here to stay in Independence. The $.50 stamp will go a long way for a small thanks


Tom Walchanowicz   Recreation Director

6363 Selig Drive, Independence, OH 44131

Phone: (216) 524-3262   Fax: (216) 524-8704


ATT: Tom Walchanowicz and/or Mayor Gregory Kurtz


Every city facility runs their program differently. We ask that you follow our rules at our facility. Respect the rules and less problems will occur. Pickleball is constantly evolving around the country. We want a family friendly environment. These sessions are approved by the city and will be followed.



1. SAFETY FIRST. Participants shall wear comfortable appropriately fitting clothing, wear non marking court shoes, wear sunscreen when appropriate and have a personal supply of water for use to stay hydrated.

2. During scheduled OPEN play sessions: ALL players in attendance will participate in group rotation. Mixed level groupings. No private group play session during these times.

PADDLE PILE UP ROTATION: Place your paddle at the bottom of the pile when you come off the court. If you choose to skip a rotation when your paddle comes to the top of the pile your paddle will be placed at the bottom of the pile. Sessions are for fun, socialization and personal challenge. BE READY TO ROTATE IN when a court ends play and 2-3 or 4 players are called to come onto a court. If you win THREE games in a row on your court, you must sit out your next game. There should be a MINIMUM of TWO players in waiting for rotation. IF NOT adjust the number of courts being played on. This allows for fair rotation and mixing.

3. Enter/Exit along the fence end-line of play, during a dead ball situation. Refrain from crossing behind any court during a rally. Go AROUND the outside of the fences when play is in session. Wait until a dead ball occurs before moving to the North or South side of the playing area. Refrain from interrupting play along the fence of courts 1 and 6 as well as between the Pickleball courts and the Tennis courts.

4. No profanity. This is a family friendly environment (4) Courteous play goes a long way.

5. All participants will have available their own marked (ID) pickleball during scheduled group play sessions.

6. All chairs, personal equipment and spectators must remain outside the fenced playing area when games have started.

7. Give a loud verbal warning when balls enter other courts. example "BALL, BALL"

8. Unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. No complaining, criticizing, or condemning or you will be asked to leave.

9. Become familiar with the USAPA rules and regulation of play. (USAPA.ORG)

10. Play hard and play fair. If you don't know a procedures ASK!


Lower level players should strongly consider playing and mastering their level before moving up to more competitive play.

 Thank you to all who make pickleball fun and exciting. Let's keep it that way.