Interested in Pickleball, but aren't sure where to start? Start with the basics!

  • Pickleball Lessons at the Copple Family Y. Meet once a week with an instructor who will teach you and 7 other participants the fundamentals of Pickleball and how the game is played.

*Please note, the registration fee for this program offering does not qualify for Open Doors Financial Assistance.

About Pickleball

No matter the weather outside, you can play Pickleball inside!  

Pickleball is a growing sport in the United States — 2.4 million people of all ages and fitness levels play it. The game combines elements of badminton, ping pong and tennis. Two to four players play with square paddles, a small plastic ball with holes (similar to a wiffle ball) and a low net. The court is one-fourth the size of a tennis court.

“It’s easy to learn. It’s much easier to play than tennis,” said Bill Roehrs, a USA Pickleball Association Ambassador who lives in Lincoln and has demonstrated the game at the Cooper YMCA. “Keeping track of the score is the hardest part of the game. To start out, just try to get the ball over the net.”

A former tennis player, Roehrs, 68, began playing pickleball four years ago after his shoulder replacement surgery. “I fell in love with the game,” he said. “It is very social. And it is less stressful on the body than tennis. It’s easy on the wrists. You don’t have to hold the paddle tight or hit hard.”

All Lincoln YMCA facilities also offer designated Pickleball times in our gyms. See gym schedules with Pickleball times noted here.  

Note: If you have access to your own paddles, we encourage you to bring them. Paddles will be available at the branches for those who don't have their own.