Where Are Active Adults Playing Pickleball in Delaware?

Pickleball is all the rave across Delaware where more communities are adding designated pickleball courts or additional lines to tennis courts to meet the increasing demand of players.

Active Adults playing pickleball in DelawarePickleball has come to Delaware and now you can find pickleball matches happening in many communities up and down the state. For many years tennis courts were underused but this has now changed. Many communities have multiple tennis courts where active adults can now choose to play tennis or the ever popular pickleball. Numerous new communities are being built with pickleball courts included in their amenities package. Pickleball is one of the most popular growing sports among all ages and if you haven’t played you must give it a try.

Watch our recent Ask The Broker video “Where Can I Play Pickleball in Delaware?”

What is Pickleball & Why the Game is Loved

Pickleball is a game of pleasure for all ages which has been around since the mid-1960s. One of the founders of pickleball, Barney McCallum, shares an interesting story of how the game got its start in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

The game is ideal for anyone of any size or any age. You don’t have to be particularly fit or muscular to play. All paddle serves are made underhanded. The ball is a bit larger and heavier than a Wiffle ball which makes it travel a bit slower as it progresses through the air. Playing pickleball offers a unique feeling on the court.

Finding Pickleball Courts Across Delaware

As people have moved from state to state they have brought this beloved game with them. As the demographics of Delaware has shifted to bring more retirees to nearby communities the game has been introduced and has soared in popularity.

It’s hard to play pickleball and not have a good time. Now when you pass by a tennis court that once was empty for weeks or months on end, you are more likely to notice people playing pickleball on the court. Rotating onto different courts and playing with different people makes for a fantastic sport to develop new friendships between rounds.

A pickleball court has two sets of extra lines added to the usual lines found on a tennis court. The following communities have added the necessary lines to their tennis courts or built pickleball courts.

Pickleball Locations Below the Indiana River

Besides the courts within communities several dedicated tennis facilities have added pickleball:

Joining Pickleball Clubs and Organizations

One of my clients told me the best way to keep updated about clinics and opportunities to play is by joining the clubs and organizations. You will be with like-minded players of all skills ranging from beginners to intermediates and advanced players. One such group is the First State Pickleball Club.

For a growing list of sites at parks, schools, and tennis facilities all over Delaware visit the Places 2 Play website at www.places2play.org/state/delaware.

We will do our best to keep our links updated and hope you will let us know where you have found pickleball lessons, clinics, open play, and perhaps Active Adults competitions. Keep in touch and let us know how much you love Pickleball.

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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