GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

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While we are still implementing pickleball at some locations and these schedules are subject to change - we currently offer pickleball as follows:

  • POSTED TIMES Courts will be set-up/play ready with staff available for equipment/play orientation
  • UPON REQUEST Courts can be set up during "open court" time (find hours on each LOCATION page)
  • OPEN COURTS Most locations will offer additional pickleball time when our camps and sports are between seasons

Pickleball is "free"/included for members. Community participants can play with a Guest Pass. Click here to learn more about Guest Passes.

ANDOVER YMCA

TWO courts available for open play:

  • Sunday N/A
  • Monday N/A
  • Tuesday 1-3PM
  • Wednesday N/A
  • Thursday 1-3PM
  • Friday  N/A
  • 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 8AM-11:30AM
  • Wednesday N/A
  • Thursday 8AM-11:30AM
  • Friday 4-8PM
  • Saturday N/A

STEVE CLARK YMCA

NO Current Availability

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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 encouraged 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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