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You’ve probably heard of pickleball. What your kids may know as a routine gym activity has exploded in popularity throughout NJ. This paddle sport (oddly named after a food, though legend has it pickleball was named after a pup named Pickles who loved to chase his ball around Bainbridge Island in Washington) combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong—and will have you working up a sweat in no time.

Don’t stress if you’ve never played. Pickleball embraces newcomers and those of all skill levels. It’s a lot gentler on the body and knees than tennis, but it can get pretty fast-paced for experienced players. The USAPA Pickleball Association explains the game as a fun, easy-to-learn paddle sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. The rules are easy to pick up and you can check out the player handbook here.

Here are the basics:

  • The game is played with either singles or doubles.
  • It requires a special pickleball paddle and plastic ball with holes.
  • Attire is usually anything comfortable and sporty.
  • It’s played on a badminton-size court, which is a bit shorter than a tennis court.

Here’s where you can play around the state:

Avalon Community Hall

3001 Avalon Ave., Avalon
Mon-Sun 8-10 am (advanced and intermediate), 10 am-noon (beginner and family time); Mon-Sun 4-8 pm (all levels)

Angela Hibbard Park

600 Drum Point Rd., Brick
Call for more info on times of play

Beach Haven

Nelson and Bay Ave., Beach Haven
Mon-Sat 8 am-noon
$50/season pass, $3/daily drop in fee

Brookside Racquet & Swim Club

480 Brookside Ave., Allendale
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-1 pm, 5-7 pm; Sat-Sun 11 am-1 pm, 5-8 pm

Brigantine Community Center

265 42nd St., Brigantine
Mon-Thurs 8:30 am-8:30 pm; Fri 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm
Call for info on prices

Canistear Park

Glen Wild Way off Cherry Ridge Rd., Highland Lakes
Mon 5:45 pm; Wed 5:45 pm; Sun 9 am

Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club

1820 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill
Mon-Thurs 5 am-10:30 pm; Fri 5 am-9 pm; Sat-Sun 7 am-9 pm
Call for info on guest price

Colts Neck Racquet Club

36 Artisan Pl., Colts Neck
Open play Wed 2-4 pm; Fri 6-8 pm; Sat 1-3 pm; Sun 1-3 pm
$10/call to sign up

Courtside Racquet Club

1115 Rte. 31 South, Lebanon
Mon 7-9 pm drop in social; Thurs noon-1:30 pm drill and play; Sat 2-3:30 pm drill and play; beginner and advanced clinics offered throughout the week
$10-15/drop in, $20-25/clinic

Essex County Brookdale Park

473 Watchung Ave., Bloomfield
Call for more info

Fort Monmouth Rec Area

2566 Guam Ln., Tinton Falls
Open play sessions offered by skill level, check their schedule

Greater Morristown YMCA

79 Horse Hill Rd., Cedar Knolls
Sun 1-4 pm; Mon 9-11:30 am; Wed 8-11 am; Thurs 7:30-9 am; Fri 9:30-11:30 am, 2-4 pm

Heritage Middle School

20 Foxcroft Dr., Livingston
Contact for more info
9 am-1 pm (times subject to school times)

Hudson Pickleball

1226 Adams St., Hoboken
Sat 9 am-noon; Sun afternoons; weekday mornings and evenings

Kroc Center

1865 Harrison Ave., Camden
Mon 6-8:45 pm; Sat 8:30-11 am (Saturdays only from Nov-March)
$5/drop in, free/members


Bay Blvd. and Magee Ave., Lavallette
Mon-Fri 7 am-7 pm open play

Marlboro Recreation Center

1996 Recreation Way, Marlboro
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 1-2:30 pm
Free for residents

Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility

197 Blackwell Rd., Pennington
Weekdays 6, 7:30 and 9:30 pm; Weekends 7:30 am-1:30 pm, 3-7:30 pm
Resident $70/non-resident, $105 for ID card

Moorestown Recreation Center

North Church Street Recreation Center
111 W 2nd St., Moorestown
Contact for more info on times and prices

Mount Pleasant Park & Fields

Upper Twp.
Tuckahoe Rd., Tuckahoe
Contact for more info on times and prices

Ocean City Courts

18th St., and Haven Ave., Ocean City
Sun-Fri 7:30 am- sunset
$50/annual pass; $15/weekly pass; $5/daily pass

Overpeck County Park-Ridgefield Park Area

40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia
Call for more info on times of play

PEAC Health & Fitness

1440 Lower Ferry Rd., Ewing
Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am-2 pm; Mon, Wed 6-8 pm; Tues noon-2 pm; Sat 10 am-noon; Thurs 5-7 pm

PowerZone Volleyball Center

3 Luger Rd., Denville
Wed 9 am-9:30 pm
$10/walk-ins, annual memberships and punch cards available

Princeton Racquet Club

150 Raymond Rd., Princeton
Mon 6:30-8 pm; Mon, Wed 2-3:30 pm; Thurs 7:30-9 pm; Sat 12:30-2 pm; Sun 6:30-8 pm

Rahway River Park

401 Parkway Dr., Rahway
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat mornings and afternoons open play

South Jersey Pickleball

DeCou Courts
Cropwell Rd., Cherry Hill
Mon-Fri 4-8pm; Wed 8-11 am
Free/check Meetup for updates

The Rec Center at St. Mathew’s

31 W. Academy St., Williamstown
Tues 8:30-10:30 am advanced/intermediate; 10-noon intermediate; noon-2 pm beginner; 6:30-8:30 pm advanced/advanced intermediate; Thurs 10-noon intermediate; noon-2 pm beginner; Fri 5:30- 7:30 pm open play; Sat 1-3 pm open play

Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club

915 Glenview Rd., Ridgewood
Daily 7 am-10pm
$10/guest, free/members

Warren Health & Racquet Club

149 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren
Mon 8-10 pm; Tues 1-3 pm; Wed 7-9 pm; Fri 7-9 am open play w/registration

YMCA of Red Bank

166 Maple Ave., Red Bank
Check website for times of play and prices

Is there a pickleball court near you that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments.

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