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Playing Pickleball in Port Townsend

There are three locations where the public can play pickleball in Port Townsend WA . Play times vary by location and are listed below. The Port Townsend Pickleball Club strongly encourages play that embodies the original ethos of pickleball that includes respect for fellow players, fair play, and sportsman-like conduct.  In this regard, we follow guidelines set forth by USA Pickleball, the national governing body for pickleball in the US.  Please take the time to read their (and our) guidance and have fun!

Courthouse Park
 

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Two courts. No reservations needed, open to the public. Please read the rules and regulations before entering the gate. For more information about the Courthouse Park Courts, click here.

Mountain View
 

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Three courts. See the schedule, below, for types of play and the Club's dedicated hours.

Port Townsend H.S.
 

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Four courts with portable nets that are available Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Port Townsend High School (PTHS). 

Club Activities

Monarchs of the Holey Sphere Competition (Tuesdays 9:00a-11:00a and 11:00a-1:00p at PTHS)

Monarchs of the Holey Sphere (MOTHS) is organized in two different sessions.  MOTHS is a King of the Hill format competition for PTPC players rated 3.5+ with winners moving up court and splitting and losers moving down a court and splitting after each game.  Winners on court 1 at end are the competition's winner.  All interested individuals should email the club with attention to Jeannie and she will respond with a confirmation. 

MOTHS Too (Thursdays 9:00a-11:00a at PTHS)

MOTHS Too is a competition like MOTHS but for PTPC players rated 3.0-3.4.  All interested individuals should email the club with attention to Jeannie and she will respond with a confirmation. 

Weekly Round Robin Play (Fridays from 9:00a-11:00a and 11:00a-1:00p at PTHS)

The Club is organizing round robin play in two sessions every Friday from 9:00a-11:00a and 11:00a-1:00p.  Players of all abilities are welcome to play at either time, but if there are fewer than 8 on the schedule for the 11 am time, players can still play, but there will be no round robin.  Sign up on Playtime Scheduler.

Social Saturdays (Saturdays from 9:00a-1:00p at the High School)

Open play for players of all skill levels are welcomed to drop in.  Most players arrive between 9:00a-10:00a.  

Summer Drill Sessions (Starting June 6 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at Mountain View Courts)  

Drill sessions for PTPC members will be held every Tuesday starting June 6th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Sign up for the sessions on Playtime Scheduler. There will be a maximum of 12 players per session.  These drills will not be for beginners, so we request that only intermediate and advanced players sign up. You must have basic skills - consistent dinks, volleys, serves, be learning 3rd shot drop - to attend, because you must be able to consistently feed the ball to your drill partner. Thanks to volunteers for helping monitor the drill sessions.  

Doug Hastings Pickleball Clinic (Saturday, July 15 & 16 at Mountain View Courts) NEW SESSIONS ADDED!

Many of you have taken lessons or clinics from Doug and will want to take part in this clinic that will focus on the transition game (getting to the net, court positioning, communicating with your partner, etc). The details are as follows:

  • There will be 3 sessions on July 15 (9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, and 4:30pm - 7:30pm)

  • One or two sessions are being added on July 16 (10:00am - 1:00pm and tentatively 2:00pm - 5:00pm, depending on demand)

  • 8 players per session

  • $50 per person per session, prepaid to Jeannie by cash or check (made to Doug Hastings) prior to the session

The session you are in will depend on your similar skills to other players in your group. Sign up by emailing the club, attention Jeannie Ramsey. You can request specific time, but it cannot be guaranteed. This will fill up fast, so get the date on your calendar!


Intermediate Player Mixer with Sequim (Saturday, August 19 at Carrie Blake Park, Sequim)

This event will be for players in the 3.25 - 3.75 range of play.  Each club will have 16 players playing in the mixer.  If you have not played at Carrie Blake, you will enjoy it greatly! Sign up by contacting Jeannie via the club’s email.


Advanced Player Tournament (Saturday, August 26 - Venue TBD)

The Advanced Player Tournament was a big success last year, so we wanted to do it again! You have plenty of time to find a partner and get some practice in before it starts. This will be a mixed doubles tournament for players rated 3.5+ and will be played with games to 15 points or 2 games out of 3, depending on number of participants.

Types of Play and Schedules

Types of Play

The PTPC Board has developed the following types of play for Port Townsend courts.

  • Open play - players drop in and wait to rotate in and out of games with others, which results in a mix of skill levels and everyone being welcome. If all courts are full, or if there are fewer than 4 waiting players, those waiting should follow this procedure:

    • Place your paddle on the board in the order that you arrived, starting on the left.

    • When a game is finished, rotate as follows:

      • If only one player is waiting, the two winners remain on the court but split up for the next game. Choose which of the losing players will sit out by any method you like.

      • If 2 – 6 players are waiting, 2 new players go in and the losers of the game sit out. The winners split up.

      • When there are two or more players waiting, no one may play more than two games in a row.

      • If 7 or more players are waiting, 4 go in and 4 come out.

      • If a situation arises that is not covered by these procedures, please deal with it in the spirit of equalizing playing time.

  • Organized Play - players organize their own game and again everyone is welcome. 

  • First come - First served play - courts are available to whoever arrives first.

    • One hour time limit from the start of play if others are waiting, regardless of when they arrived.

    • No reservations allowed. You must be present to hold your place in line for the next open court.

  • PTPC Programs - Social Saturdays, Round Robin, Drills, MOTHS (Monarchs of the Holey Sphere) competitions, and Beginner Lessons are PTPC programs that occur seasonally.  Please check this webpage for current programs at each location.

Lessons and Learning Opportunities

Free beginner lessons will be offered by the Club on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00-11:00 at the Mountain View Courts. Lessons will be limited to 12 players. Please sign up on Playtime Scheduler.

Playtime Scheduler

Pickleball players in Port Townsend use Playtime Scheduler to organize and manage courts.  Note that the PTHS, Mountain View, and Courthouse courts are all public resources. Playtime Scheduler is not a court reservation system, but rather it is a resource to help players coordinate with others. 

Rating Your Play

If you are not familiar with how pickleball players are rated, we suggest you visit USA Pickleball's website for guidance.  Very generally, we consider below 2.5 as beginner, 2.5-3.5 as intermediate, and above 3.5 as advanced. 

Court Schedules

Mountain View (MV) Courts
In return for the Club’s management and funding of the MV court renovation, Port Townsend City has given the club “dedicated hours” at these courts. Dedicated hours are times when the Club has the opportunity and responsibility to administer how play is organized at MV courts. This will allow the Club to organize events like tournaments, socials, clinics, and lessons at the MV courts within the dedicated hours. We would like to emphasize, however, that this does not mean that PTPC members have exclusive use of the MV courts during the Club’s dedicated hours, nor does it change the fact that the courts are always open to the public.

 



 

 


 

  • Port Townsend High School
    The courts at PTHS uses the following schedule.









     

  • Courthouse Park 
    The Courthouse Park courts have both open play and first come-first served play from 8:00AM to dusk. For more information visit the county's website.
     

  • YMCA

Indoor pickleball courts are available at the YMCA. If you are interested in playing, please visit the Olympic Peninsula YMCA website and follow the instructions given there.

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