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Pickleball at Carolina Courts

Carolina Courts Pickleball Club

The Carolina Courts Pickleball Club provides access to pickleball courts at both locations during Pickleball Club hours.  Click on the link below to become a member.  Pricing is $5.00 per visit, however members can purchase discounted bulk passes (10 for $4.00 each, 20 for $3.50 each and 30 for $3.00 each)

Pickleball Club Hours

Sign-Up Genius allows Pickleball Club players to know in advance who will be playing at both locations!

Follow the link below and you will find a list of dates and times the pickleball courts will be available for open play. Check the box beside the date(s) you plan to play, then click submit and sign up, fill out your name and submit it again, and you're all set! 

Pickleball Tournaments, Leagues and Clinics

North Carolina Senior State Games:

We will host an Open Gym for all athletes competing in the Senior Games the Monday prior to start of tournament.

Monday, October 16th | 10am-5pm | $5 per Person

Feed the Frenzy Pickleball Tournament:

Click on the link below to register for this tournament.

Saturday, November 11th | Indian Trail Location | 8am Start Time | $30

Holiday Smash Pickleball Tournament:

Click on the link below to register for this tournament.

Saturday, November 18th-Sunday, November 19th | Concord Location | 8am Start Time | $30

Pickleball Rating Clinic with Mary Helen Atkins

  • Sunday, November 12th
  • Indian Trail Location
    • Session #1   1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
    • Session #2   3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    • 16 Players per Session



Session #1 | 11/12 | 1pm-3pm | $25 | Sold Out

Session #2 | 11/12 | 3:15pm-5:15pm | Sold Out

How do I Rate??

That is a question players frequently ask themselves or others.  And, unless you play in USAPA sanctioned tournaments, your rating is a self-rating, and we know to some degree we all have delusions of grandeur about our pickleball prowess.  

You can get an honest, objective rating from IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) Certified Rating Specialist Mary Helen Atkins on Sunday November 12th at Carolina Courts in Indian Trail. Using IPTPA assessment guidelines, each participant’s skill level will be identified. and you will be will provided with skills and drills to help you increase your skill level.

Mary Helen Atkins is an International Pickleball Teaching Professionals Association Certified Instructor and Certified Rating Specialist. She grew up in Tampa Florida and played collegiate tennis at College of Boca Raton. Mary Helen has been playing pickleball for 4 years and is a 5.0 rated player, with gold, silver, and bronze medals at the US Open Pickleball Championships. She can help you take your game to the next level through skills assessment and instruction.

Two sessions will be offered, from 1:00 to 3:00pm and 3:15 to 5:15pm. Sessions will be limited to 16 people on 4 courts, in accordance with IPTPA rating guidelines.  

The cost is $20 for the clinic plus a facility fee of $5, or use your Carolina Courts Flex Pass.

A similar clinic being offered in High Point on September 24th is SOLD OUT with a waiting list, so do not wait to make your reservation

Pickleball - An Overview

A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

View below information from the US Pickleball Association (USPBA) or visit their website at

The Basics
1.  A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

2.  Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.

3.  Played with a paddle and a plastic ball.

A Game for Everyone

The USAPA currently estimates there are now over 100,000 players actively playing pickleball.

· Pickleball facilities are located in all 50 states.

· Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high schools.

· Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active in towns and retirement communities.

· Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments.

Brief History
Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts. 
Click Here For a complete history of the game.pickleball court

The Court 
A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

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When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials,including aluminum and graphite. Players will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball itself is unique, with holes through it like a wiffleball and there are different ball models intended for indoor and outdoor play. The ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis ball and is usually white or yellow in color. New bright color balls are also gaining in popularity.

Players wear just about anything comfortable… athletic shorts, sweatpants, polo shirts, t-shirts, etc. Tennis-style dresses and skirts for females are also common. Comfortable tennis shoes are also important. As for accessories, players may wear hats, visors, safety glasses, sweatbands and light jackets or sweatshirts for cold, outdoor play. Official USAPA logo apparel items are now available… Click Here!

Helpful Links
For more information regarding pickleball, please visit these links:

Pickleball Rules Summary | A general overview of the rules of the game.

Skill Development | Tutorials, playing tips, and instructional video clips.

Pickleball Mania | A humorous look at the addictive nature of pickleball.


Pickle Ball at Carolina Courts

Pickle Ball at Carolina Courts