Pickleball in Huntsville, Alabama

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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 271 members in the club.

 
  • All Huntsville City gyms will be closed on Monday May 29, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.
  • We will not have evening play at Barachah on June 8th because the nets will be used for the Alabama Games.
  • We will not have open play at Fern Bell on June 9th and 10th because the Alabama Games will be held there.

 

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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

 

 

 

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.

May 15th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

A few members have inquired about the new Onix Fuse ball.  Here are a few comments from the PickleballCentral website.

PickleballCentral Expert’s Corner:

  • Information On the Performance & Durability of the ONIX Fuse Ball – Notice Posted March 21, 2018

  • Hi Pickleball Players – Onix’s new Fuse ball is now out in the marketplace and gaining some reviews. There’s been a lot of excitement from our customers about this ball, and now that they are in stock, we’ve tested this ball in both the lab, and on the courts. We want to share some specific information with you and set expectations about the performance and durability you should expect with this ball.
  • The ball is USAPA approved, and as such bounces lower out of the package than a Pure 2. It plays similar to a Pure 2 – as an injection molded two piece ball, it has a softer playing characteristic a lot of recreational players prefer. It slows down the game a bit, and many of our test players liked the way it performed on the court because of that. The teaching pros like to use a softer playing ball for clinics, so we got good feedback there as well. Testers felt like it had a similar feel on the paddle as a Pure 2, just not as bouncy out of the package. Most enjoyed the ball, and most of the comments were positive about the ball. We received good feedback on the color intensity of the yellow as well.
  • We ran it through our test lab, and like a Pure 2, it’s bounce height decays over time (typical of all injection molded balls including the Jugs, Pure 2, P7, etc), meaning that the bounce height gets lower and lower over time. This is a common trait of all injection molded type balls we’ve tested so far, so you should expect these balls to get softer and softer over time, with lower bounce heights over time.
  • What we also found in the lab is that the Fuse is not as durable as the original Pure 2 ball, so please plan your purchases accordingly.  In our discussions with Onix, they have shared with us that they want customers to understand that the durability is more in line with a rotationally molded ball (like the Dura, Onix 503, or TOP). Our lab testing confirms this. Please understand that these balls will not last for weeks and months (like the Pure 2 balls), rather you should expect these to last for a limited number of matches.

May 15th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

Congratulations to the HPC members who qualified for the 2019 Senior Olympics in Albuquerque.  Here is a photo of some who qualified.  Additional HPC members qualified but were not present for the group photo.


May 12th, 2018 | Posted by: Huntsville Pickleball

Here is a screenshot of the information required to play Pickleball in the Alabama State Games.  You will need to  enter both your age and skill level.  Click on the image for a higher resolution view.


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.

Click Here to view a video about line calls.



 
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