Pickleball in Huntsville, Alabama


Welcome to the Huntsville, Alabama pickleball web page. In Huntsville there are 6 indoor locations available to play pickleball up to 7 days a week (depending on season). See the Locations & Times tab above. Please use the Contact Us page to leave comments, offer suggestions for new features for this site or to ask questions about pickleball. We have 265 members in the club.




Pickleball is an event in the Alabama State Games. Alabama State Games XXXVI is June 8-10, 2018, in the City of Huntsville, AL and the surrounding county of Madison. This Olympic-style event is modeled after the Summer Olympics. It is Alabama’s largest annual multi-sport event for youth and adults, and those with disabilities. With over 20 sporting events to choose from and a free Olympic-style Opening Ceremony show to kickoff the weekend, you will not want to miss this opportunity to compete for Alabama State Games gold, silver, and bronze medals. View details of the event




Coaches Corner

Coaches corner will contain tips and advice for our pickleball club members. The last two posts are shown here. You may also view all posts at the Coaches Corner archive page.

June 26th, 2017 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

This has been asked a few times recently. If I drop my paddle on the court, it is a point for the other team? Is it considered a fault? The answer is no. It is not considered a fault if you drop anything on your side of the court, including your paddle. If the item lands on the opponent’s court, it is a fault. If the item lands in the non-volley zone as a result of a volley, it is a fault. Here is the pertinent information from the International Federation of Pickleball rulebook, last revised June 15, 2016.

12.F. Player Equipment Problem. A rally shall not be
stopped or affected if a player loses or breaks a paddle
or loses a personal item.

12.G. Items on the Court. If anything a player is wearing or
carrying lands on the court, it becomes part of the court.
Therefore, if a ball in play hits the item on the court, the
ball remains in play. If the item lands on the opponent’s
court, it is a fault. If the item lands in the non-volley
zone as a result of a volley, it is a fault.

June 5th, 2017 | Posted by: Sheila Davidson

Pickleball is like a chess match. The pickleball game is more about finesse and less about “banging”.
It takes patience to learn to dink and patience to win the dink.

Safety Suggestions:

Do not hold a ball in your hand when playing. It is a distraction for your opponent, a safety hazard if dropped during play, and a hindrance to the player holding the ball.

For better balance wear a court shoe not a running shoe or walking shoe when playing.

When a ball goes onto another court please state “ball on court”, not just “ball”.


The latest news and events.

This section will contain news about events, facility availaibility, instruction and much more. The last six posts are shown here. You may also view all posts at the News Archive page.

April 16th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

February 26th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

Because of increased participation at the Optimist Park facility, a court reserved for women only play will no longer be available.

January 17th, 2018 | Posted by: Steve Schuckman

New players sometimes have difficulty determining if the ball is in bounds or out of bounds, especially players who have played tennis for many years.  The rules for tennis are different than the rules for pickleball.  Here is the verbiage and an image from the 2018 official rulebook.

6.C. A ball contacting the playing surface outside of the
baseline or sideline, even though the edge of the ball
overlaps the line, is considered out of bounds (see the
Figure below).

Hopefully this guideline will clarify the rules.

January 17th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

A Pickleball Fact Sheet has been added to our website under the Information tab.

January 5th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

Thanks to all who assisted, played and participated as spectators in the Pickleball Charity tournament. Also thanks to all who made donations to Rock Steady Boxing.

Happy New Year,
HPC Executive Committee

The following article was published in the SSIPA (Super Senior International Pickleball Association) newsletter.

Huntsville Pickleball Club – Rock Steady Boxing

Kudos to Our Members: Sherry Barnes, Patricia McInnis, Alice Tym & Bart Brannon. The Huntsville (AL) Pickleball Club, consisting of 300 members, sponsored a very successful one-day tournament to benefit the local Rock Steady Boxing program. The Rock Steady program is a nationally recognized, scientifically based boxing/exercise program that slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The program is based on three concepts: connection, consistency, and compassion. Our chapter has over 200 Parkinson’s participants that workout daily with certified Rock Steady boxing coaches. Huntsville Pickleball Club, with the help of SSIPA members, Alice Tym and Bart Brannon, raised $2,340.00 for our local chapter of Rock Steady Boxing. Not only did our tournament entrants play in a round robin age/skill competition, but they also had an opportunity to win points (for a 5.00 donation) against Alice and Bart. Participants also made donations by trying to “out dink” our Chattanooga elves-Dianne and Mike Pendergrass. Because of the eye/hand co-ordination benefits of pickleball, plans are in the works to add a “pickleball skills corner” to the daily exercise regimen at our local Rock Steady gym.

Tournament Directors – SSIPA members – Cheryl (Sherry) Barnes and Patricia McInnis

November 20th, 2017 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

I want to thank Selkirk and PickleballCentral for allowing me to experience and keep this paddle at no cost. I have played using this paddle for about four hours and also shared the use of this paddle with two female and one male club members in a combined additional three hours of use. The following is an overall evaluation of this paddle:

This paddle is great for players who wish to have the extra length and prefer a lighter paddle. If you’re looking for a paddle to help with your control rather than power, this is the one. You can put your serves across court with the control to land the ball deep or short. You are able to control your third shot drop into the kitchen to get a volley going. While involved in the volley, you have the extra length of the paddle to reach those close ones that might otherwise slip through the middle. If you are a player who likes to put spin on your serves or drop shots, this paddle will work for you. What I liked the most about this paddle is the comfortable grip and a balanced feeling when swiping the ball.

Both women who tried the paddle liked the grip and the fact that they could reach lobs that seemed out of reach with their current paddles. Both felt challenged at first by the paddles slimmer shape but admitted it helped them to concentrate more on watching the ball make contact with the paddle allowing for better control of their hits and placements of the ball.

The other male player stated he could play fine with the elongated style paddle and liked the feel of this one. He and the two women thanked me for letting them try this type of paddle and would consider the switch once they are ready to purchase another paddle.

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