Update on facility closings due to floor refinishing.

We were just notified that gym floor refinishing at some of the facilities will start one day earlier than originally scheduled.  This may be because the refinishing project at Optimist has been delayed. The court tape at Optimist has already been removed, so play is not available at this time. Depending on the delay, we may re-tape the court. Please check the website https://www.pickleball-huntsville.com/locations.php for updates. Here is the latest information available to us:

  • ALL Huntsville recreation centers will be closed on Monday, September 6th, 2021 for Labor Day.
  • Fern Bell will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Monday, August 30, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 7th.
  • Shurney will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 8th.
  • Max Luther will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Thursday, September 2, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 8th.
  • Brahan Spring will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 12th.

Floor Resurfacing at Huntsville Gyms

Floors will be resurfaced at Fern Bell (starting Monday), Optimist Park (starting Tuesday), Shurney Center (starting Thursday), Max Luther (starting Friday).  The Club will need to retape the floors before we can play again.  We’re hoping to have Fern Bell ready by Tuesday morning September 7, Optimist Park by Tuesday afternoon Sept 7, Shurney Center by Wednesday September 8, and Max Luther by Wednesday September 8.  We have to work around the holiday weekend.  The dates the courts will be ready may change.  Weather can dictate how quickly the courts can cure and it looks like there may be some hurricane driven rain in our forecast next week.  I’ll try to keep you updated!

Kate Lahti

Huntsville Pickleball Club Social

Huntsville Pickleball Club Social

Saturday, April 17, 8:00-5:00

Sandra Moon Courts

Random Draw Round Robin play 8:30-12:00 

You’ll play with different partners and against different opponents each game.  You will not register with a partner for this event.  Scores will be kept for each individual player.  There will be a Sweet 16 playoff and prizes awarded at the end.  This is a great way to meet some new players and have a lot of fun!

Box lunch served 12:00-1:00

Club open play 12:30-5:00

Sign up for the morning round robin, afternoon club open play, or both!  

Lunch and a scoop of ice cream will be provided to all club members (and a plus one), but you must register ahead of time to receive them.  Boxed lunches will be catered by Jimmy Johns.  Our ice cream vendor, Golden Years, will be at the courts in the afternoon.  Ice cream may be purchased on site.  You may also pay to upgrade your complimentary ice cream scoop.  All ice cream purchases less than $4 must be paid in cash.

Club members and guests are also welcome to attend if they do not wish to play.  Come watch and socialize!  However, because of insurance requirements, ONLY CLUB MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE TWELVE SANDRA MOON COURTS DURING OUR EVENTS from 8:00-5:00.    Please bring your own lawn chairs.  Pop up tents for shade are welcome.

Please register for the Social at our club’s website:  https://www.pickleball-huntsville.com/register.php.  Sign up deadline is 8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 13.  You will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of your registration.

Click Here to view who is participating in the event.

New information and reminders

Hello Pickleball Club,

I have some news and reminders for you.

There is a new ladies only pickleball group Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-3:00, at Optimist Recreation Center.  This group has been set up by the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department and is open to all women.

Our club trainers will be teaching pickleball lessons to beginners for the next 4-6 weeks, at various times, on the Sandra Moon courts.  There will be one trainer per four beginners.  The maximum number of beginners and trainers on the court at any one time should be 10 people on 2 courts, so it should make minimal impact on your play at Sandra Moon.  These new players will be trying to improve their skills in the next weeks and months.  Let’s welcome them, be patient with them, and include them in our play.

Huntsville Pickleball Club was organized and still operates under the umbrella of the Huntsvile Senior Center.  The Senior Center would like us to view and share this video of how they are being affected by the Covid virus during this shut down.  https://youtu.be/TyyC0ypw7WI


     They mow Thursdays at Sandra Moon.  Don’t park near the grass then or risk a few car dings!

     Please submit all artwork you’d like us to consider for the new club logo by August 20.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything.  Play on.  Stay healthy.

Kate Lahti

A lot of new information for Huntsville Pickleball players.

Dear Pickleball Friends,

This is going to be a long, informative email so please keep reading to the end!  It probably won’t be the last email you receive from me this week, either.  Sorry!

Here is the information I received from Mr. Ivey, the director of Huntsville Parks and Recreation.

Max Luther – the gym is about 30 days out from completion.

Berachah – the earliest opening would be October for both the gym and outside courts.

Sandra Moon Outdoors – The restrooms were vandalized and work orders have been placed to have those fixed, but there is no completion date at this time.

Because of extenuating circumstances, windscreens are still 2-3 weeks away.

Trash cans were delivered today.  Please remember to pick up after yourselves.  Water and gatorade bottles have been left behind.  Even if club members didn’t leave the trash, let’s help pick up the courts and the surrounding area.

Sandra Moon Indoors – completion for pickleball is at least one to two years out.

Hampton Cove will not open until late October and pickleball will be scheduled once opened.

The Huntsville Sports Commission is looking into scheduling pickleball tournaments in the future.

I did add a follow up question asking if there is any projection when the recreation centers will be open evenings and weekends.  I’lll update when I know.  I have not heard back about a firm date for the Senior Center opening for pickleball.

Other important information:

If you are playing indoors, PLEASE sign in legibly and also PLEASE put a check mark after your name if your age is 60+.  Our site reps must report attendance numbers to the Senior Center and your cooperation will make their jobs a bit easier.  We do not report your name but need to report numbers of regular club members (why we need to be able to actually read your name) vs visitors and numbers for those over 60.

Registration for the Alabama State Games in Dothan can be found at https://www.asffoundation.org/alabama-state-games.  If the games were to be canceled a full and immediate refund for registration will be given. Pickleball events are scheduled for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.

Registration is also open for the USAPA USA Atlantic South Regional Tournament in Foley, AL.  Dates are August 21-23.  Some events are already full.  You must be a USAPA member to play in this tournament.  Information can be found at https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=3584.

Reminder that all members of the Huntsville Pickleball club can receive a 5% discount on all items ordered from Pickleball Central.  In addition, our club will get a dollar value equal to 5% of your purchase added to our club’s Reward Account that can be used to purchase equipment for our club. To get the discount enter the following information at checkout:  Club name: Huntsville Pickleball Club.  Club discount code: CRHuntsville

FINALLY, at our board meeting on June 22 we will be discussing if and how our club could financially contribute to making the pickleball experience in Huntsville even better.  Some ideas include purchasing court dividers, bleachers or sun shades for our outdoor venues.  If you have any other ideas for us to consider, please let me know.

If you have read this to the end, may the net be your friend!

Kate Lahti

Alabama Senior Olympics Online registration for 2020 is now OPEN!

Click Here to view the registration page.

Registration Fees and information:

* Individual and Doubles Registration fee is $45.

This $45 registration fee allows athletes to participate in as many sports/events as they would like with the exception of Team Sports and as long as there are no scheduling conflicts.

* Team Sports will have a $150 Team Fee + $15 Per Player Fee for each team sport – Basketball, Softball & Volleyball.

  • Bowling ($10 per athlete/per event) & Golf ($65) have an additional  site fee. Bowling and Golf site fee includes one lunch per day.
  • Archery participants may only participate in one archery division.
  • Swimmers may enter a maximum of six swimming events.
  • Tennis players are only allowed to participate in 2 events.

Registered athletes will receive an event t-shirt.

Drinks (water/sport drink) & snacks (fruit/snack bars) will be provided at locations sites for the athletes if venue allows.