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Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center

Play pickleball at the JCC

The JCC's Patrick Scott, sports & fitness director, demonstrates his pickleball volleying technique recently on one of the center's outdoor pickleball courts.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. What’s pickleball? It’s a racquet sport that’s a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s suitable for all ages, all fitness levels and all skill levels. And, you can now play pickleball at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center in DeWitt.

The JCC’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center recently began offering pickleball play on its two outdoor tennis courts. Pickleball court times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The courts may be reserved for one hour at a time any time of year that the weather permits. Paddles and balls are available to use free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Pickleball is free for JCC Fitness members. The charge for non-members is $5 per person. Court reservations are suggested by calling 315-234-4522.

“We are excited to offer Pickleball to our members and the community alike,” said Patrick Scott, JCC sports & fitness director. “We were able to re-stripe our tennis courts for pickleball play while also retaining the tennis court stripes so that tennis can still be played. Pickleball is an exciting, fast-paced game that’s a lot of fun and great exercise, and it’s just starting to become popular in this area.”

Pickleball was born more than 50 years ago by some friends in Washington state who didn’t have the right equipment to play badminton. The game can be played as singles or doubles on a court similar in size to a badminton court with a slightly modified tennis net. Besides the court, the only other equipment required are paddles similar to ping pong paddles and a ball similar to a wiffleball. Pickleball is easy to learn and has been called “addictive” by those who regularly play. It’s a game of finesse, precision and thinking, making it a level playing field for all ages to compete against each other.

For more information about pickleball at the JCC Sports & Fitness Center, call 315-234-4522 or email Patrick Scott at