Pickleball!! It's the fastest growing racket sport in America - inviting players of all ages and skill levels to join in the fun. Come out and play! You don't need to have equipment or know how to play the game. We will loan you equipment and teach you! Pickleball is not only a game in which you are active but also a very social and fun sport. Bring a chair, some water, spectate, or play. When you aren't playing you can help gather balls, referee, or just sit and talk with your new friends. So don't be shy, come on over and bring a friend!! ~ Peg Davison Pickleball Ambassador, Canon City Region
WHERE: Rouse Park (see first map below)
The Canon City Pickleball players meet every day at southwest corner Rouse Park. Take Dewey St to access the parking lot. During inclement weather, we meet at the Abbey Fieldhouse (see the second map below). When we meet inside we pay a daily fee of $2.50/ person. We share courts, and play at 9:30 am. Send an email to Peg Davison so that you can get updated information on any changes to the location or time of play. Or call her at 719-429-0269.
Our association has four skill divisions:
Wondering which group you fall into? Scroll down to see the definition of a 4.0+, an Advanced, an Intermediate, and a Recreational player. Also, you can assess your skill level by using these USAPA recommended Skill Assessment rating sheets. If you are still unsure which level of play you are at, please talk to Peg Davison - our ambassador ~ 719-429-0269.
DAYS OF PLAY - our association has configured a way for players to get the best possible games, while providing tutoring from the next level players. If you want to move up in skill level, come on over (on the correct day) and play with the Advanced and the 4.0+ players. Below are the days each group plays and who they play with.
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY (1 pm.)
On Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, On SOUTH SIDE OF COURTS, 4.0+ players play 4.0+ players, Advanced players play Advanced players. ON NORTH SIDE OF COURTS, Intermediate, players play Intermediate players and Recreational players play Recreational*
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY (1 pm)
On Monday, Wednesday & Friday, On SOUTH SIDE OF COURTS, Advanced players play up with 4.0+ players play, Intermediate players play up with Advanced players On NORTH SIDE OF COURT Recreational players play Recreational players.
SUNDAY - ALL PLAY - Everyone mixes in (1 pm).
*Recreational players play Recreational player every day of the week ON NORTH SIDE OF COURTS.
During summer months, night play starts at 6 pm.
Recreational player: (beginners to a <3.0 rating)
Players who wish to learn the game or develop their skills.
Players who prefer less aggressive, slower-paced, more leisurely play.
Players at this session should expect partners and opponents to play within these parameters
Intermediate player (3.0 - 3.5 rating)
Players who wish to advance to the advanced group, but need to improve their pickleball skills in the following ways:
Attempts the 3rd shot drop to get to the net
Plays the soft dink game
Knows how to execute the 2nd shot
Advanced player: (3.5 rating and above)
Players who are completely familiar with the game.
Consistently uses the 3rd shot drop
Players who enjoy both a strategic slower pace (at the appropriate time), as well as aggressive fast-paced play (at the appropriate time)
Uses slower-paced shots vs faster-paced shots to their advantage
Demonstrates a wide variety of shots with consistency
Initiates and maintains a sustained dink exchange at the net
Players at this level should expect their partners and opponents to play every shot as though it is tournament play
4.0+ player (rating 4.0 or above)
If you are interested in taking up the game of pickleball we have a wonderful instructor who volunteers her time to teach you the game of pickleball. Just call and she'll set up a private or group lesson. Here's her contact information:
Peg Davison (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 719-429-0269
Where can I buy pickleball gear? Go to our Pickleball Gear page for a list of places to purchase all things pickleball. Peg Davison also has loaner paddles you can try before you decide to purchase.
The courts are in the SOUTHWEST corner of Rouse Park. Take Dewey Street to access courts. You may have to zoom in to see Dewey Street.
The Fieldhouse (gymnasium) is the western most rectangular box on the map. Turn into the Abbey and veer left. Go over the speed bump and the high ceiling building will be on your right.