GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

STATUS (SUN. 12/15). ALL LOCATIONS OPEN.

Our locations are opened, as scheduled today (closing at 8PM). Please check back at 9:30 PM CT this evening regarding Monday morning's status. Please use caution on the roads.

Pickleball is all the rage and with good reason - the game is fast-paced, fun, and is a friendly way to compete and get in a great workout. Ideal for young and old, new and experienced, singles and doubles - pickleball is something we're pleased to extend to our members and the community. When you choose to play pickleball at the Greater Wichita YMCA - and our locations in Andover, El Dorado, Newton, and Wichita - you can expect an indoor court, friendly staff support to get you going and make sure you have all you need, and a great experience for a great price (free for members or $10 for a Guest Pass).

Don't forget - Greater Wichita YMCA members enjoy ten locations, 800+ hours of weekly classes, hundreds of hours of open pools and courts, thousands of pieces of fitness equipment and dozens of workout spaces and studios - all for one, simple rate that is income-based. Learn more about the benefits of Greater Wichita YMCA membership here.

 

CURRENT PICKLEBALL SCHEDULES

While we are still implementing pickleball at some of our locations, the following is our current schedule of offerings. Please note:

  • When specific times are listed - courts will be set-up and ready for play with staff available to provide orientation to equipment, rules, etc.
  • When "Upon Request" is listed - pickleball is available during OPEN COURTS times (see those schedules on each locations page (start at our LOCATIONS page).
  • Most locations will add additional OPEN COURTS time (and pickleball availability) between sports seasons and during holidays and special events when our programs are suspended.
  • ALL schedules are subject to change and cancellation without notice. Want to confirm times? Call a branch's Welcome Desk (numbers are on our LOCATIONS page) for staff assistance.

ANDOVER YMCA

TWO courts available for open play:

  • Sunday N/A
  • Monday N/A
  • Tuesday 1-3PM
  • Wednesday N/A
  • Thursday N/A
  • Friday 1-3PM
  • Saturday N/A

DOWNTOWN YMCA

NO Current Availability

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EAST YMCA

TWO courts available for open play:

  • Sunday N/A
  • Monday N/A
  • Tuesday N/A
  • Wednesday N/A
  • Thursday N/A
  • Friday 8-11AM
  • Saturday N/A

EL DORADO YMCA

TWO courts available for open play:

  • Sunday N/A
  • Monday 7-11PM
  • Tuesday N/A
  • Wednesday N/A
  • Thursday 7:30-11PM
  • Friday N/A
  • Saturday N/A

FARHA SPORTS CENTER (ANDOVER)

NO Current Availability

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FARHA SPORTS CENTER (SOUTH)

NO Current Availability

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NEWTON YMCA

NO Current Availability

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NORTH YMCA

NO Current Availability

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NORTHWEST YMCA

TWO courts available:

  • Sunday N/A
  • Monday N/A
  • Tuesday 9AM-12:30PM
  • Wednesday N/A
  • Thursday 9AM-12:30PM
  • Friday (Upon Request AM)
  • Saturday N/A

STEVE CLARK YMCA

NO Current Availability*

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* Facility scheduled to open JANUARY 2020

SOUTH YMCA

NO Current Availability

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WEST YMCA

TWO-to-FOUR courts available for open play:

  • Sunday 2-4PM,4-8PM (see below)
  • Monday 9AM-12PM*
  • Tuesday 6-8PM
  • Wednesday 9AM-12PM*
  • Thursday 6-8PM
  • Friday 9AM-12PM*
  • Saturday (Upon Request)

SUNDAY - Family Play/Kids Play from 2-4PM, open courts from 4-8PM

* BEGINNERS encourage to arrive at 10:30 for orientation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Pickleball is relatively new at the Greater Wichita YMCA - these are the most common questions asked. Have a different one? Ask at any Welcome Desk or use our CONTACT US form.

WHAT IS PICKLEBALL?

A relatively new phenomenon - pickleball was invented near Seattle, Washington in 1965. The sport is described as a "fun sport that combines the elements of many racket and paddle sports including badminton, ping-pong, and tennis". The core elements of the game are a court (smaller in width and length than a tennis court) and a slightly lower net with one or two players on each side of the net using paddles (larger than ping-pong paddles but smaller than tennis rackets) and a molded, plastic ball (similar to a Wiffle ball) to serve and lobby for points. Scoring is based on the ball being "in" or "out" when it touches the ground and the opposing players ability to "return" the ball (put it back over the net) before or after just one touch of the ground. The total points needed to win and/or tournament rules will vary by location and competitive level.

DO I HAVE TO OWN MY OWN EQUIPMENT TO PLAY?

No. Much like basketballs, volleyballs, and some other equipment - we have paddles and balls available to borrow at the Welcome Desk of any location that offers pickleball. Just stop by and give us your photo ID or cell phone as a "deposit". You can also purchase pickleball equipment from several retail stores in the Wichita-area and/or online. 

HOW ARE YOUR COURTS SET-UP AND MARKED?

Our pickleball courts are all indoors and are on our hardwood court surfaces (also used for basketball and volleyball). We have taped courts at most locations with netting available in the gyms or at the front desk. Our staff will set up the nets during scheduled play/court time and will assist players who want to put the nets up during open court time, as appropriate. 

DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO PLAY AT THE Y?

No. While our members will receive priority access to court time - anyone is welcome to play at our facilities once they qualify for and purchase a Guest Pass. We encourage everyone to consider membership and our income-based pricing is available to all who qualify. Want more details? Contact any Welcome Desk staff member at any location.

CAN I RESERVE A COURT OR PLAY TIME AT THE Y?

Not at this time. While we may add pickleball courts to our reservation system (similar to our racquetball courts) in the future - we are currently only allowing open court times on a first-come, first-to-play basis. We do encourage players to share the courts and to allow new players to get in the game (similar to our open basketball courts policies) and our staff will be happy to assist when needed.

DO YOU OFFER ANY TEAM / LEAGUE PLAY AT THE Y?

As of November, 2019 - No. But we are seeing more interest from our members and the community to not only offer court time but some formal play so we'll be considering options for 2020. Please let our Welcome Desk or any member of our Sports or Fitness Staff know if you're interested in playing on a team or in a league. The more we know about the wants and needs of our players - the better we can serve those needs.

CAN I REQUEST MORE/DIFFERENT HOURS FOR PICKLEBALL? 

Yes. Absolutely. We're still working on the right amount of time for pickleball at our locations and getting input from those who want to and do play will be helpful. Just talk with the Welcome Desk staff or any member of our staff - you can also use our CONTACT US form to submit a suggestion to a specific branch.

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