ACTC Pickleball Program

2018 Spring - Summer Program

Playing pickleball outside during the spring, summer and fall months is a wonderful way to stay active and socialize. 

Enjoy playing in beautiful and historic McMahon Park, on cushioned courts and access to full amenities in the clubhouse.

Pickleball at McMahon Park - Program Features: 

  • Courts are member maintained at historic McMahon Park in Aurora; 

  • On site court monitor to assist members in July & August; 

  • Wind protected & cushioned courts (easier on knees and joints); 

  • Amenities include access to club house; bathrooms; barbecue coffee; water etc;
  • Organized social tournaments, barb-b-cues, special events over the summer;

Drop in to play at the times listed above. Ideally, arrange with some friends to meet you at the pickleball courts. Pickleball is a social game so there is a constant mixing up of players on our 2 courts. 

Let people know that you are just learning and you will be matched with players at your level. Informal instruction is given by more experienced players.

Performance Assessment Training System - PATS

From time to time we rung the PATS Pickleball program. The PATS System is and ideal way for players to learn and practice proper stroke mechanics. Player Buddies help each other practice 8 core pickleball stroke skills. 

One court will have the SIMON ball machine set up for players who choose to learn to play pickleball through the PATS system. The PATS system gives groups of players (Player Buddies) an opportunity to learn proper stroke techniques and have their shot progress assessed. The PATS system is for all players - regardless of skill or experience. 

The nets are already on court # 3 (end court). If you are first to arrive you can pull the divider net across court #3 so that any balls from tennis players don't interfere. There is a pickleball equipment bag in the clubhouse and extra paddles and balls if you need them. 

Go to the Registration page to register online or fill in the membership form.
  Friday 10:30 -1 pm

2018 Pickleball Program News

Greetings and welcome to the 2018 pickleball season.

In this announcement I've included important updates on our pickleball program.

The Performance Assessment Training System or PATS is now a regular part of our Pickleball Program at McMahon Park. The PATS system is for beginner, intermediate and tournament competitive players.

One court will be dedicated to the PATS program. The SIMON pickleball machine will be set up by our Court Monitor. Player Buddies in groups of 4 will follow the PATS system. Please visit the PATS page for more details to learn more about the PATS system.  

Program Schedule

The courts are ready for players at the times listed below. The weather is still hit and miss with the rain, but do drop by when the weather is cooperating. 

Our program is self - run by members. That means that you pull out the pickleball nets from the fence and put them away when there is no one left to play. Net setup only takes 5 minutes.              

Monday 10:30 - 1 pm 

Tuesday 1:00 - 3 pm 

Friday 10:30 to 1:00 p.m. 

Opening Day - In Person Registration

Pickleball players, are you new to the club? Maybe you were a member last year? Regardless, you are invited to celebrate the official opening of the 2017 pickleball season. 

Our opening day celebration will be announced soon. There will be a free bar-b-cue event hosted by the ACTC Board of Directors. Courts #1 & 2 will have tennis and court #3 is dedicated to pickleball. 

If you are new to pickleball, we will have instructors on hand to help you learn to play the fastest growing sport in North America. Beware, pickleball is an easy game to play and is addictive. 

On opening day we also accept in-person registrations. Board members will be present to answer questions about all our programs for 2017.

Procedures - Nets - Clubhouse - Shoe Tags etc.

Drop in to play at the times listed above. Ideally, arrange with some friends to meet you at the pickleball courts. pickleball is a social game so there is a constant mixing up of players on our 2 courts. 

If you are new to pickleball, let people know that you are a beginner player. You will be matched with players at your level. Also, informal instruction will be given by more experienced players.

For new pickleball players I encourage you to come out after May 15. The weather will be warmer and more opportunities to play. Returning pickleball players may choose to come out in the first 2 weeks of May.

The pickleball nets are already positioned into the fence on court # 3 (west court). You lift the end of the pickleball portable net and wheel it into position on the court. Look for the pickleball net marker to position in the net in the right spot. There are locks on the end legs that secure the pickleball net in position. 

There are divider nets between court 2 and 3. You can pull the divider net across to stop any balls straying between courts. There is a pickleball equipment bag in the clubhouse and extra paddles and balls if you need them. 

Shoe tags will be available throughout the year. The shoe tag identifies you as an active member of the Pickleball program.

When players are finished for that particular day, we ask that you move the nets back to the side of the fence. You lift one leg of the pickleball nets through the hole in the fence and push the nets flush to the fence.

Health and Safety

 The United States of America Pickleball Association has an excellent list health and safety issues for pickleball players. It's a must read for all players starting out or have played pickleball for some time. Proper shoes, warming up, staying safe on the courts, cool down after games and many more tips can be reviewed.

Pickleball Opening Day Social & Registration

Over 30 members attended our opening day social. We had several new people come out that never played pickleball. The Pickleball Committee hosted a free delicious barbecue that everyone enjoyed. 

A Growing Community of Pickleballers

On Friday August 4th, we enjoyed some beautiful weather for pickleball. For the first time this summer we taped 4 courts for 28 players that came out to enjoy pickleball with old and new friends. With almost 60 pickleball members registered, the Pickleball Program Committee is feeling confident that we are reaching new people unfamiliar with pickleball and also attracting current players who like the pleasant outdoor environment and resources at the Aurora Community Tennis Club. 

ACTC Pickleball Pan Am Event

This turned out to be an outstanding day organized by our Pickleball Committee. We had 36 pickleball players turn out and 9 new members joined our Pickleball Program. We had experienced players on hand to offer instruction. Prizes were given out to 6 participants. A wonderful lunch was hosted by the Pickleball Program Committee. We look forward to many more such events over the summer and in the future. The slide show will give you a small taste of the fun everyone had.

ACTC Opening Day - Pickleball Rocks

What an outstanding day. The weather threatened but we played on. A great mix of Pickleball and tennis combined with an outstanding barbecue lunch hosted by the Board with support from volunteers. Here are a few slides to show you how the day went. Please note how much fun the junior tennis players had on the Pickleball courts. Thanks to Annette and John who helped the youngsters and older tennis players learn how to play Pickleball.

Explanation of Pickleball

PATS is a trademark name for the Pickleball PATS Program

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