Adult Pickleball

Adult Pickleball

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is best described as a combination of badminton, ping-pong, and tennis. Players use a paddle that is reminiscent of ping-pong paddles but is bigger and usually made of more advanced materials.

Meet Our Volunteer!

Doug Gawne – Vernon Y Branch

Hi, I am Doug Gawne and I will be one of your Learn to Play Pickleball volunteer instructors at the Vernon YMCA. I have played and coached a variety of sports throughout my life including baseball, softball volleyball, soccer, hockey and now Pickleball.

I started playing Pickleball about a year and a half ago. A friend of mine asked if I was interested in playing because they needed a fourth person. I told him I had no idea what Pickleball was, but he took the time to show me and explain the game and the rules. After playing 3 or 4 times I was hooked, I had my own paddle, and now play 6 days a week.

Here at the Vernon YMCA our group of Pickleball players often help new people who are interested become players instead of watchers. We have wanted to have a less intimidating venue for new players to learn, a lot of people have said “I want to play but you people are too good”. Another thing we hear is “I want to play but don’t want to hold up your games for me to learn how to play”. With Director Rachael’s help, we came up with Learn to Play Pickleball, so those people have a place and time to just learn to play. We will start with the basics like safety, how to dress, how to hit the ball, and we will work on how you play the game of Pickleball.

Please come and join us and learn how to play the great game of Pickleball!

Additional Questions or Concerns:

Hannah Fuller

Operations Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 814-336-2196

FREE Member Adult Pickleball Open Play Times

Downtown, Vernon
1/1/23 - 12/31/24

What are our Pickleball Open Play Times?

No registration required – simply show up and play! Equipment is provided during times listed or you can bring your own. You can view our Open Play Times below or by visiting our Classes & Schedules page.

*Non-Members may purchase a day pass and participate in Pickleball Open Play Times.

Vernon Y Branch

Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays:

8:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesdays & Thursdays:

8:00am – 11:00am


8:00am – 10:00am

(Sundays at Vernon Y Branch are subject to change as re-evaluated during summer months.)

Downtown Y Branch

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays:

11:00am – 2:30pm

(All days at Downtown Y Branch during summer months will not be on schedule as Childcare Summer Camp is in gymnasium 8:00am – 5:00pm)


Pickleball Open Play Times are open to all adult members (18+ years) and skill levels. On school days off Childcare will have priority in the gymnasium.

No sessions available.

FREE Member Learn to Play Adult Pickleball

7/17/24 - 7/25/24

What is Learn to Play Pickleball?

Congratulations for taking that first step outside of your comfort zone and coming here to learn something new and exciting! Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports right now. As of member of our Y you can take Learn to Play Pickleball for FREE to have one of our wonderful volunteers teach you the basics of playing including court lines and rules, how to hold a paddle, different types of hits, serves, and more like how the scoring is completed.

*Non-Members may purchase a day pass and participate in Learn to Play Pickleball but cannot reserve or sign up in advance.

Vernon Y Branch

Wednesdays & Thursdays:

11:00am – 12:00pm


What happens after you register below?

You simply show up for the Wednesday or Thursday you registered for and one of our volunteers will meet with you during the scheduled times.


The FREE Learn to Play Pickleball Session will be held at our Vernon Y Branch. This is open to all adult members (18+ years) and specifically designated for new or beginner level players. On school days off Childcare will have priority in the gymnasium.

Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
1/1/23 12/31/24 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Th - 11:00 am - 1 hr
We - 11:00 am - 1 hr
Th - 11:00 am - 1 hr
We - 11:00 am - 1 hr