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Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center

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Play pickleball at the JCC

The JCC's Patrick Scott, sports & fitness director, demonstrates his pickleball volleying technique on the JCC's indoor pickleball court.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. What’s pickleball? It’s a racquet sport that is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s suitable for all ages, all fitness levels and all skill levels. And, you can now play pickleball at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse in DeWitt.

This past summer the JCC of Syracuse’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center began offering pickleball play on its two outdoor tennis courts. Now that the winter weather has shut down outdoor pickleball, the JCC recently opened an indoor pickleball court in its gymnasium.

Indoor Pickleball court times:

  • Mondays 7–9:15 am
  • Wednesdays 7–9:15 am
  • Fridays 1:45–3 pm
  • Saturdays 1–4 pm
  • Sundays 1–4 pm

The indoor court may be reserved in 45-minute blocks. The outdoor courts may be reserved for one hour at a time. Outdoor pickleball play will resume in the spring once the weather permits.

Pickleball paddles and balls are available to use free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Pickleball is free for JCC Fitness members. The charge for non-members is $5 per person. Court reservations are suggested by calling 315-234-4522.

“We are excited to offer Pickleball to our members and the community alike,” said Patrick Scott, JCC sports & fitness director. “Pickleball is an exciting, fast-paced game that’s a lot of fun and great exercise, and it’s just starting to become popular in this area. Bringing pickleball play indoors here at the JCC is very convenient for those who want to continue playing all winter long.”

Pickleball was born more than 50 years ago by some friends in Washington state who didn’t have the right equipment to play badminton. The game can be played as singles or doubles on a court similar in size to a badminton court with a slightly modified tennis net. Besides the court, the only other equipment required is paddles similar to ping pong paddles and a ball similar to a wiffleball. Pickleball is easy to learn and has been called “addictive” by those who regularly play. It’s a game of finesse, precision and thinking, making it a level playing field for all ages to compete against each other.

For more information about pickleball at the JCC Sports & Fitness Center, call 315-234-4522 or email Patrick Scott at pscott@jccsyr.org.

 

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