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​Last updated:  August 30, 2017



527 Len Self Blvd,  Midland, ON, L4R 5N6.

We play Sundays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM until May 2018 on six indoor courts.

There are a few Sundays when the gym is not available to us, be sure to check our calendar regularly.

Click on the following link:  Calendar of Events

We require you to sign in every time you play BEFORE you start playing and pay (drop-ins only), so we can keep our bookkeeping straight.
The sign in sheet will be located nearest the gym doors.

When there are 30 players or less.
Games are to 11 and winners stay-up, split up and 2 waiting players join them. 
Place paddles in appropriate paddle holders.

When the winners have played two games in a row, they must exit the court, and place their paddle in rotation.  

When there are more than 30 players.

Games are to 9 with four on and four off for all. 

Group paddles together with your favourite players.

One side of the curtain is for Novices and ‘upcoming’ Intermediates (2.0 to 3.0 ratings).

  • The courts are a mix of Novice and Intermediate players with paddles in holder.
  • We might designate one court for beginner’s when appropriate. 
  • If there are less players waiting on this side of the curtain than on the other side, then the Intermediate/Advanced players may use courts on this side, but wait their turn by placing their paddles in holder for rotation.  They may group 4 paddles together with their favourite players.

The other side of the curtain is for Intermediates and Advanced players.

  • The first two courts are a mix of Intermediates and Advanced players with paddles in holder.  
  • The last court is for Advanced players only (the best players  3.5+ ratings).

In order to join the Advanced group a player must be at a level that is competitive for the group, which should become obvious.
The Club has the right to ask a player to play down.

Note:  Be social once in a while and mix with players of lesser skills to give them a chance to learn from your expertise.


Check out your skill level below and feel comfortable playing with players of your level.

This will ensure you are going to like pickleball a lot.


3.5 Skill Level – should ALSO possess most/all 3.0 Skills

Knows all the main rules including how to correct the score and correct server
Demonstrates control/consistency on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, and pace)
Demonstrates control/consistency on backhand groundstrokes (direction, depth, and pace)
Placing serves deep into the court
Uses deeper and higher returns of serve to approach the net quicker
Quickly approaches the non-volley line
Able to play with partners effectively using court strategies like partner communication, and changing a losing game
Avoids hitting out balls
Consistently returning lower balls over the net
Demonstrates a wide variety of shots with some consistency
Uses slower paced shots vs faster paced shots to their advantage
Able to create coverage gaps and then hit to these gaps
Sustains a short volley session at the net with some placement and control
Initiates and maintains a sustained dink exchange at the net
Utilizes a slow paced ball (soft shot) to approach the net (3rd shot)
Able to adjust to differing ball speeds consistently
Hits overheads with control
Uses a forehand and backhand lob when appropriate
Developing patience

3.0 Skill Level – should ALSO possess most/all 2.5 Skills
Demonstrates control forehand groundstrokes (placement, direction, depth)
Demonstrates control backhand groundstrokes (placement, direction, depth)
Placing serves deep into the court
Demonstrates placement of serves
Uses deeper and higher returns of serve to allow time to approach the net
Approaches the non-volley line quickly rather than staying back
Sustains a short volley session at the net
Exhibits correct court positioning for doubles and how to “move as a team”
Uses the forehand lob with some success
Serve team attempts to approach the net with a slow paced ball (3rd shot)
Sustains a dink exchange at the net
Adjusts to differing ball speeds (serves, volleys, groundstrokes)
Returns the ball lower over the net
Has good mobility
Has good quickness
Has good hand-eye coordination

2.5 Skill Level – should ALSO possess most/all 2.0 Skills
Knows some of the basic rules including the “two bounce rule”,
Demonstrates control on forehand groundstrokes (direction, depth, height)
Uses backhand groundstrokes
Placing serves in correct service court
Knows correct court positioning as the serve and return team
Approaches the non-volley line to hit volleys
Keeps the ball in play on short rallies
Uses the forehand lob
Dinking the ball at the net
Attempting to hit a slower paced ball landing in the non-volley zone (3rd shot)
Has good mobility, moving in a safe and balanced manner
Has good quickness
Has good hand-eye coordination

2.0 Skill Level – should ALSO possess most/all 1.5 Skills
Knows some of the basic rules, “two bounce rule” and scoring
Demonstrates a forehand groundstroke
Demonstrates a backhand groundstroke
Demonstrates a volley
Demonstrates an overhead smash
Gets some serves into the correct service square
Knows where to stand as the serve team and the return team
Has good mobility, moving in a safe and balanced manner
Has good hand – eye coordination