The St. James Pickleball League

New in March 2017: a group of people at St. James who are up for some fun and fitness are starting a regular pickleball league as a way to live into our call to wholeness and wellness. We'll meet in the gym of the Keene Recreation Center on Washington Street on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9-10:30 am.  Come for just an hour or come all morning - whatever days you might be free.

Note: For the summer, we are meeting outside at the Jonathan Daniels School tennis courts*, and not at the Rec Center.  And in addition to Mon, Weds and Fri mornings, we are also there on Weds evenings from 5-7!  We'll be back in the rec center in the fall.

If you are wondering, "What on earth is pickleball?" it is a wonderful racquet sport that is kind of a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping pong.  It is played on a badminton sized court, has a tennis-like net, and players use a whiffle ball and solid, light weight racquets, sort of like oversized ping pong paddles.  People of all ages enjoy pickleball, which has the excitement of tennis without as much stress on the joints.  Or, it has all the strategy of ping pong, only bigger.  Or the enjoyment of badminton, only faster.  The sport is becoming very, very popular in certain parts of the country. Keene's time has come.

You do not have to have ever played pickleball before to take part in our league.  Many of us are total beginners.  Very happily, we have our own USAPA ambassador, Rich Kalich to coach us!  (USA Pickelball Association - yes, it's a thing) If you've ever played any court or table racquet sport you'll catch on very quickly.  If you haven't, it'll only take you a bit longer. You also do not need to have any equipment to play.  We have everything you'll need to get started available.

We hope that once we're up and running, we can challenge other Keene congregations and organizations to form their own teams and come play with us! If you want to learn more about pickleball, you can visit the USAPA website HERE.  And if you want to double check that someone will be at the rec center on the morning you'd like to come, contact Rich or Elsa


* The Jonathan Daniels School is located at 227 Maple Ave in Keene.  To find the tennis courts, enter at the school entrance, and take a left toward the school district building (which is first) and the Jonathan Daniels school. Take a right into the driveway that goes between the school district building and the school playground.  The tennis courts are around the back of the school and there is a place to park right near them.