Pickleball

'The expert in anything was once a beginner.' Waterloo Pickleball welcomes all ages and abilities — no membership is required. Connect with other pickleballers in our Facebook group.


On this page

  1. Book a game
  2. Fees
  3. Learn to Play pickleball clinics
  4. RIM Park schedule
  5. Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex schedule
  6. Free games
  7. League registration
  8. League standings
  9. Contact us

Book a game

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Levels of play
Beginner (2.0)

Players are new to the sport, have limited knowledge of the game and want to learn in a fun environment. Staff are there to guide as needed with rules, etiquette and gameplay.

Novice (2.5)

Novice players are starting to understand the basics of pickleball. They are learning:

  • where to stand at the beginning of each point
  • serve in the proper "in" location
  • the two-bounce rule on returns
  • keep score without mistakes
  • keep the ball in play for a few hits
  • aware of a dink shot and working toward this fundamental skill
Intermediate (3.0)
Intermediate players are moving beyond the basics. They will:
  • know basic rules but may not be aware of higher-level rules
  • position themselves well on the court relative to other players and action some of the time
  • working on consistent serves and returns but may lack depth, power and speed
  • understand why shallow dinks are necessary and are working on consistent execution
  • able to rally 4 dinks in a row with a player of equal ability
  • execute backhand shots
  • add more power or softness to the game as needed
Intermediate plus (3.5)

The intermediate plus player understands everything in beginner, novice and intermediate levels, and:

  • knows most of the rules and how they affect the game (including net rules, net post issues, kitchen lines, non-volley zone, etc.)
  • knows more scenarios and positions themselves well on the court relative to other players
  • move quickly to the net
  • sustain rallies easily with strategic hits that may miss the mark
  • serves and returns are almost always deep
  • successfully hits third-shot drops some of the time
  • understand not to pop up dinks but can't execute consistently
  • understand hard and soft game and varies shots appropriately
  • work with their partner to win a point
Advanced (4.0)

Advanced players know the rules and how to play. They also apply strategy well and expect opponents' shots. This player can do the following:

  • hit forehand and backhand with varying speed and control
  • can often finish the point when their opponents give them an opening
  • moderate consistency with drop shots and dink shots
  • starting to understand balls that are attackable and those that should be reset
  • sustain rallies of 20-30 hits without much difficulty
  • almost always plays at the non-volley line and gets there quickly
  • can handle lobs and reset position
  • move as a team with their partner and can cover most of the court
  • be patient and wait for an opening while selectively placing shots
Open

All skill levels are welcome. We recommend you understand the rules, etiquette and the basics of how to play. An adult must accompany children under 14 years of age.

Family

This program is for multigenerational and family play. All skill levels are welcome. We recommend you understand the rules, etiquette and the basics of how to play. An adult must accompany children under 14 years of age.


Fees

This chart outlines single admission costs and multiple visit costs using our FitPass. FitPasses can be purchased online using ActiveWaterloo.

  Single admission 10 visits 25 visits

50 visits

(Pickleball only)

Adult (18+) $5.75 $51.66 $120.55 $229.62

Youth* and older adult (55+)

$4.30 $38.75 $90.41 $172.21

*Youth age is 10 to 17 years old
*Youth 14 and younger must be with an adult


Learn to Play clinics

Are you new to the sport of pickleball? Sign up for a Learn to Play clinic online to learn some basics, such as:

  • an understanding of the basic rules
  • fundamental skills
  • how to keep score
  • game etiquette

Register for a Learn to Play clinic

Clinics are open for registration. We will add additional dates based on need and space availability.


RIM Park schedule

Schedule for July and August 2024

Game format:

  • maximum of 40 players, 4 per court
  • players get 1 hour and 20 minutes of play

Games are played from Monday to Friday.

Monday

  • Intermediate: 9 to 10:20 a.m. (40 spots)
  • Intermediate: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (28 spots)

Tuesday

  • Open: 9 to 10:20 a.m. (40 spots)
  • Open: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (28 spots)
  • Beginner and Novice: 12 to 1:20 p.m. (14 spots)

Wednesday

  • Intermediate: 9 to 10:20 a.m. (40 spots)
  • Intermediate: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (28 spots)

Thursday

  • Open: 9 to 10:20 a.m. (40 spots)
  • Open: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (28 spots)
  • Beginner and Novice: 12 to 1:20 p.m. (14 spots)

Friday

  • Open: 6 to 7:20 p.m. (28 spots)
  • Open: 7:30 to 8:50 p.m. (28 spots)

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex schedule

Schedule for July and August 2024

Game format:

  • maximum of 20 players, 4 per court
  • players get 1 hour and 20 minutes of play

Games are played from Monday to Sunday.

Monday

  • Beginner: 9:15 to 10:35 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
  • Open: 12:15 to 1:35 p.m.
  • Open: 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.

Tuesday

  • Novice: 9:15 to 10:35 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
  • Open: 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Intermediate: 9:15 to 10:35 a.m.
  • Beginner: 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Thursday

  • Intermediate: 9:15 to 10:35 a.m.
  • Novice: 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
  • Open: 12:15 to 1:35 p.m.
  • Open: 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.

Friday

  • Beginner: 9:15 to 10:35 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Saturday

  • Family: 12 to 1:20 p.m. (10 spots)
  • Open: 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.
  • Open: 3 to 4:20 p.m.

Sunday

  • Beginner: 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.
  • Novice: 2 to 3:20 p.m.
  • Intermediate: 3:30 to 4:50 p.m.

Free games

Thank you to our sponsor, Chartwell Retirement Residences, for free pickleball sessions. 

Register up to 72 hours in advance.

Find and register for free pickleball


League registration

Spring Pickleball Mondays – WMRC (18+)

This league is currently full. To join the waitlist, email CARL@waterloo.ca.

Spring Pickleball Tuesdays – WMRC (18+)

This league is currently full. To join the waitlist, email CARL@waterloo.ca.


League standings

Monday League - WMRC

Intermediate 1 Division

Team NameGPWTPFPAPDTP
Arctic Tundra 9 8 1   129 54 75 24
Bread & Butter 9 7 2   128 60 68 21
Pickle Ticklers 9 6 3   110 92 18 18
Kimpossible 9 6 3   120 71 49 18
Batman & Robin 9 1 8   53 122 -69 3
T-Bones 9 5 4   111 90 21 15
Pickleduds 9 2 7   52 102 -50 6
The Piclles 9   9   12 120 -108 0

Intermediate/Recreation Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Tricity Royals Club 9 9     128 64 64 27
Team Next Gen 9 8 1   113 79 34 24
Beahobby 9 6 3   108 71 37 18
Indy #2 9 2 7   40 82 -42 6
Dietz Dual 9 3 6   104 91 13 9
Spin Doctors 9 6 3   110 82 28 18
One Hit Wonders 9 2 7   91 107 -16 6
Dink Sisters 9 4 5   90 94 -4 12

Recreation 1 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Mello 9 8 1   122 48 74 24
Sydney & Graham 9 5 3 1 91 71 20 16
Pickle Perfect 9 4 4 1 51 80 -29 13
Gherkins  9 4 5   87 77 10 12
Juicy Pickles 9 3 6   64 82 -18 9
B's Team 9 1 8   30 117 -87 3
Indy #1 9 1 8   37 89 -52 3
TBD 9 5 4   76 81 -5 15

Tuesday League - WMRC

Intermediate 1 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Team MJ 6 3 3   61 50 11 9
The Briny Bunch 6 2 2 1 54 61 -7 7
Underdogs 6   6   0 90 -90 0
Slick Picklers 6 2 3 1 47 55 -8 7
Not Gherkin Around 6 4 1 1 81 46 35 13
One Hit Wonders 6 5 1   82 37 45 15
Sweet & Dill 6 3 2 1 67 52 15 10
Indy #1 6 3 3   48 58 -10 9

Intermediate 2 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
2 Old 4 Tennis 6 5   1 87 36 51 16
Kitchen Dwellers 6 2 1 3 71 58 13 9
Pickle Brothers 6 2 3 1 57 63 -6 7
The Pickle Boys 6 1 5   31 85 -54 3
Jolly Volleys 6 3 3   69 60 9 9
Couple of Pickles 6 4 2   72 57 15 12
Newbies 6 4 1 1 75 35 40 13
The Smiths 6   6   22 90 -68 0

Intermediate 3/Recreation 1 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Sum-O-Dat 6 2 4   58 71 -13 6
McDougall Ballers 6   6   6 90 -84 0
Fickle Pickles 6 5 1   83 49 34 15
Indy #2 6 6     89 44 45 18
Pickle Ricks 6 3 3   68 68 0 9
The 10-Days 6 3 3   69 75 -6 9
NSF 6 2 4   72 72 0 6
Squash 2 Pickleballers 6 3 3   71 57 14 9

Recreation 2 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Day Dinkers 6 1 3 2 44 66 -22 5
Kitchenettes 6 4 2   72 72 0 12
Pickled Pink 6 2 4   71 60 11 6
Date Night 6 4   2 70 43 27 14
Team Hazel 6   5 1 15 82 -67 1
Real Dills 6 2 3 1 65 63 2 7
The Piclas 6 4 2   78 56 22 12
The Pickled Cucumbers 6 4 2   77 51 26 12

Contact us

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To contact City of Waterloo staff about Pickleball, email pickleball@waterloo.ca or call 519-884-5363 x17239.