FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS PICKLEBALL?

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines tennis, ping-pong, and badminton on a court with a net, similar to a tennis court but smaller.  It can be played either singles or doubles, with one or two players on a side. It is played with paddles and a wiffle ball.  It is currently the fastest growing sport in America and fun for all ages and skill levels

HOW LONG HAS THE CLUB BEEN HERE?

While some community members have played Pickleball for years, Skagit Valley Pickleball has been around as a club since June of 2018.  It started with only a few members but has grown to well over 200 members in a very short time.

WHAT IS THE KITCHEN?

The Kitchen is the nickname for the Non-Volley Zone - a seven-foot deep, two-dimensional zone on each side of the net.  Only if the ball bounces in the kitchen can a player step into the kitchen.  This is a great equalizer, preventing players from standing at the net and smashing balls at their opponents.  A player may hit the ball in the air (volley) by reaching over the kitchen while standing behind the kitchen line. 

WHAT IS THE PICKLEBALL PAVILLION?

The Skagit College Pickleball Pavillion is the fulfillment of a dream by local entrepreneur and club member Claude Blackburn.  Through his generous donation, the pavillion is ten state-of-the-art covered pickleball courts, five on a sidee, separated by a center aisle.  The agreement with the college provides Skagit Valley Pickleball members with seventy percent of the play time on the courts, with the rest of the time shared with the college and the public.