Pure Prairie League is the Iola, Kansas area pickleball league.  Steve Garver and/or I meet at 6:00 PM on every night of the week to hit pickleballs.  We welcome any and all to come hit with us to improve their game or to just learn the basics.

Steve Garver and myself have been making several improvements to the eight courts that we use at Meadowbrook Park in Iola, Kansas.  Four of the courts are resurfaced and have lines dedicated to pickleball only on them.  The other four have painted lines but do not have the new surface on it.  Benches have been painted, windscreens have been added, lights are now available, and we are working on getting higher quality nets so they can stay up all year.  During the winter months we move indoors at Jefferson Elementary School and set up one court there.  When we have more than 6 players show, we move to the Rec Center at Riverside Park and play on courts with a surface that is used in Olympic volleyball. We are now playing from 6:30 to 9:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Steve is currently making his own paddles and carries them with him to the courts for anybody to use and I usually bring extra paddles, as well.  This enables newcomers to try out the relatively new sport.  Steve will also sell his paddles at a very reasonable price if someone is interested in having their own so they can play at their convenience.  Steve's site is   -    http://www,picklepaddle.com

I (Lyle Kern)  have been playing the sport since 2007 after I was contacted by phone and told to look it up on the internet.  I grew up playing tennis but recently hurt my shoulder which prevented me from serving the tennis ball properly.  With the underhanded serve used in pickleball, I can continue to play a tennis-like game competitively.  I have told inquiring people that pickleball is a smaller version of tennis or that it is a larger version of ping pong but because it has a few very distinct differences, the game becomes unique.  The court dimensions are 44 ft. long by 20 ft. wide, the same size as a badminton doubles court.  The net is 34 inches high in the middle and 36 inches on each side..

We have an annual tournament during Iola's Farm City Days weekend which is open to all ages. The entry form can be attained by clicking on the Farm City Days Tournament Entry Form words at the bottom of this page.   We have a 39 and under division as well as a 40 and over division.  We also try to conduct several camps throughout the year to provide all ages with the chance to learn the basics and experience playing the game.

Below is a YouTube video that is provided by the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA).  They are the governing body of the sport of Pickleball.  This is a simple introduction to the game.

YouTube Video

Below is a map showing the location of the Meadowbrook Pickleball courts in Iola, Kansas.  They have recently been lit so even the night owls have an opportunity to play.  If you have trouble with it coming up, click on the Google Maps icon in the lower left hand corner.

Pure Prairie League's outdoor court location