The Y has new guidelines regarding use of masks while playing pickleball:
Those who are fully vaccinated and have waited two weeks after their last dose of the vaccine are no longer required to wear a mask at our Y facilities. Those who are fully vaccinated but would like to continue to wear a mask are welcome to do so.
All members and guests will be encouraged to wear a face-covering while transiting through the building, but those who are fully vaccinated may remove their mask once they reach their workout space.
Staff will be required to show proof of vaccination to their supervisor in order to remove their mask while at Hoag Road or Bakerview.
Reservations are required and can be made up to 47 hours ahead of time. All players must be YMCA members. All reservation periods have been increased to 90 minutes. No extra observers are allowed in the bleachers.
There are 2 types of play available, Open Play and Court Reservations (note Court Reservations currently not on the schedule but may be added back soon) :
Open Play is available Mon-Fri from 9am-10:30am. There will be 2 courts set up on the east end of the gym and there are 8 spots available. This is open play available to all skill levels and everyone will play with everyone else. There will be a mix of skill levels so it's important to remember that everyone needs to feel safe on the court. If you're a more experienced player that might mean not driving the ball hard at a less experienced player. Instead use the opportunity to work on your drop shot or reset the ball to the other side. Good players can get better by working on their shot skills with a variety of players.
Court Reservations (currently not available but may be added back soon) Courts can be reserved for 2, 3 or 4 players. One person can make the reservation and when you register, you'll be asked to list the other Y members playing. This is similar to the Block Play we used to have at the Y.
Reservations for Open Play and Court Reservations can be made online or by calling the YMCA Welcome Center at 360-336-9622. If you're using the Y website go to Programs, click on All Programs and type in pickleball in the Smart Search box. Choose either Pickleball Open Play or Pickleball Court Reservations and then click on the date you want. Hit the Reserve button and follow the directions. The Y is still minimally staffed at the front desk so reserving online is probably the best option.