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Sports and Recreation

At the Y, sports and recreational activities are something special. Friendly competition (even with yourself), lots of variety and a supportive environment means team sports and recreation is fun again, and it makes for a healthier lifestyle and a good story or two.

So many activities serve to restore our spirits and energy, get us outdoors or test our limits. And for many of us, they’re the foundation of active living and rewarding relationships. Many recreational activities are available at your Y, so it may be time for you to try something new.

Like all Y programs, sports and recreation is open to all, with financial assistance available.



Pickleball – New Game at Sequoia YMCA

Pickleball is not a new game, but it is new to Sequoia YMCA.  If you are looking for a little friendly competition, look no further than Pickleball. Pickleball is a unique sport that combines ping pong, tennis and badminton. The game is played by 2 or 4 people on a badminton-sized court using paddles and a wiffleball. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

When & Where Can You Play Pickleball?

In the Gym

  • Monday                                  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday                   12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday                             2:00 pm – 3:30 pm - Pickleball for Beginners (More Information)

Pickleball is open to the community.

FEE                                                Members Free
                                                     Monthly $10* ($45 program membership fee required)

How do you play Pickleball?

Basic Overview
Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court:  20′ by 44′. The ball is served diagnally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.

Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking”.  The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played with singles or doubles.

The Serve
Serves are to be made diagonally, starting with the right-hand service-square and alternating each serve. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley zone in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.

Serves should always be underhand with the paddle below the waist, and the server must keep one foot behind the back line when serving. The ball should be hit into the air without being bounced. The serving side will continue to serve until there is a fault on the service, at which point the service will be given to the opposing side. (However, if the ball touches the net but still lands within the appropriate service court, the serve may be taken over.)

To volley means to hit a ball in the air without first letting it bounce. This can only be done when the player’s feet are behind the non-volley zone line (seven feet behind the net).

Double Bounce Rule
Each team must play their first shot off the bounce. The receiving team must let the serve bounce and the serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before playing it. Once these two bounces have occurred the ball can either be volleyed or played off the bounce.

A fault is committed when the ball:

  • Is hit out of bounds
  • Does not clear the net
  • Is volleyed from the non-volley zone
  • Is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side

Who Serves First?
Toss a coin – the winner of the coin toss chooses whether to serve first, or not to serve first.

Find Friendly Competition & Fun with Pickleball at the Y!

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