ARC Pickleball

Have you tried pickleball yet??  ARC South has 4 NEW indoor courts!

  • For our ARC Platinum and Gold members, pickleball is included in your membership.  For our Silver members, there is an additional cost of $15 to use the pickleball courts. Whether you have played before or not, we welcome and encourage you to come to give it a try!  It is a great sport to play with the entire family.
  •  We want to encourage non-members to come to see our courts and find a pickleball community that they love and want to belong to. Non-members will be able to use a guest pass three times per year at $15 per guest pass. After the three guest passes are used membership is required to continue using the club.
  • We have loaner pickleball paddles available at the front desk. We do not have pickleballs available to rent please bring your own.
  • Balls will be provided for private lessons and clinics only.
  • 8 dedicated pickleball courts outdoors and 4 newly constructed indoor pickleball courts at ARC South

  • Pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball, and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a whiffle ball, and games can take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines or specific pickleball courts. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option.
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  • ARC pickleball games are played on our retrofitted hard tennis courts outdoors at the ARC South location.
  • Pickleball is a great family sport and is growing in popularity.
  • ARC will have Pickleball paddles that members will be able to check out at the front desk.
  • Sign up on playtimescheduler.com to see drop-in times and ladder signups.  It is required to sign up for ladders via playtime and it is helpful if you sign up for drop-ins.  Clinics can only be signed up for at the front desk.
  • All pickleball events will be done outdoors on the hard courts at ARC South. In the event of rain, all pickleball events will be canceled.  Cancellations will be posted in the notes on the listing in playtimescheduler.com.

SATURDAY CLINIC – Pickleball 101– 1 hour class – FREE CLINIC for Members/$15 guest fee nonmembers (no additional cost) – max 16 – a beginner’s introduction to Pickleball!  Here you will be taught the basic rules and flow of a pickleball game as well as the fundamental skills you will need to get started.  Great for new and beginner players learning and developing their game.

For all other Pickleball questions, you can contact the Director of Pickleball
Michael Kinnear at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com

Indoor and Outdoor July Schedule

***You MUST use Playtime Scheduler (https://playtimescheduler.com/) to sign up prior to participating in all sessions excepPickleball 101 (register for these with the front desk 828-274-3361). You can reserve indoor and outdoor courts up to 3 days ahead of time as members by calling the front desk. Additional charges of $20/hour apply to indoor courts split between up to 6 players per court. Outdoor sessions do not automatically move indoors in the event of rain or inclement weather but watch your email as we will notify if sessions move indoors and the cost. Pickleball is included for Pickleball members, Gold, and Platinum members at ARC. Silver members and non-members must pay a $15 guest fee and are limited to 3 visits per year. If courts reserved for programs above are not fully utilized, members may use them on a first come first serve basis.

Private Lessons

ARC’s Pickleball Director is available for private lessons. For any questions about private lessons, please contact Michael at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com

Minor League Pickleball AM League
Tentative Key Dates:
● Friday, April 10th – Deadline to sign up
● Friday, April 15th – Draft Completed & Team Announcement
● Week of May 2nd – Matches Begin
● Weeks of June 6th and June 13th Rain dates
● Week of June 20th FINALS

Format:

Co-ed where each team has two women and two men. Matches consist of two games of women’s doubles, one men’s doubles, and four mixed doubles games. Therefore, each player will play two doubles games and two mixed doubles games per match. Players will stay with the same mixed doubles partner for both mixed doubles games but will play against each of the two mixed doubles teams on the opposing team once per match. All games are played one game to 15, win by 1. Your team scores one point for every game won. At the end of the regular season, the 4 top teams will compete in a playoff to determine 1st-4th place.

Team Formation:

Drafting – top 3 rated women and top 3 rated men will draft the players. The actual draft and order of choice will not be public. Draft picks are ordered to balance out teams to create as competitive a league as possible while also allowing drafters to pick teammates strategically and not solely on ratings. For example, with 6 teams, the number one rated female player will have the 12th pick for women and the 6th and 7th pick for men. The number two rated female player will have the 11th pick for women and the 5th and 8th pick for men and so on. The number one rated male player will have the 12th pick for men and the 6th and 7th pick for women. The number two rated male player will have the 11th pick for men and the 5th and 8th pick for women and so on.

Levels:

Two Flights – 2.5 – 3.499 Flight, 3.5 – 4.0+ Flight
Teams in Each Flight: minimum 4, maximum 6

Play Time:
● 2.5 – 3.499 Flight – Every Friday from 8 AM – 10 AM
● 3.5 – 4.0+ Flight -Every Tuesday from 8 AM – 10 AM

Length of the League:

8 weeks – your team will play the scheduled matches on your designated day based on your flight. The 6th and 7th weeks are planned to make up for any missed matches due to weather. The top 4 teams in each flight will go to the playoffs on the week of June 20th. If one or two weeks of rain dates are not needed, we will go ahead and hold the playoffs on the first available Tuesday and Friday for each respective group.

Cost to Participate: ARC members only, $20 per participant

Things to consider before signing up:
● Can you be committed? (There will not be a sub-list. If you cannot play, you must forfeit your matches.)
● You must be committed to playing with the team that drafts you.
Please email Cenyu Yang at arcpbleagues@ashevilleracquetclub.com if you are interested in participating in the Minor League Pickleball. When emailing, please state which flight you are interested in playing. Spots are limited so please sign up as soon as possible

Minor League Pickleball PM League

Tentative Key Dates:
● Friday, April 29th – Deadline to sign up
● Friday, May 6th – Draft Completed & Team Announcement
● Friday, May 20th – Matches Begin
● Friday, June 10th PLAYOFF

Format:

Co-ed where each team has two women and two men. Matches consist of two games each of women’s
doubles and men’s doubles, and four mixed doubles games per team. Therefore, each player will play two doubles
games and two mixed doubles games per match. Players will stay with the same mixed doubles partner for both
mixed doubles games but will play against each of the two mixed doubles teams on the opposing team once per
match. All games are played one game to 15, win by 1. Your team scores one point for every game won. At the end of
the regular season, teams will compete in a playoff to determine 1st-4th place.

Team Formation:

Drafting – top 2 rated women and top 2 rated men will draft the players. The actual draft and order
of choice will not be public. Draft picks are ordered to balance out teams to create as competitive a league as
possible while also allowing drafters to pick teammates strategically and not solely on ratings. For example, with 4
teams, the number one rated female player will have the 8th pick for women and the 4th and 5th pick for men. The
number two rated female player will have the 7th pick for women and the 3rd and 6th pick for men and so on. The
number one rated male player will have the 8th pick for men and the 4th and 5th pick for women. The number two
rated male player will have the 7th pick for men and the 3rd and 6th pick for women and so on.
Levels: 3.0+ based on your club or UTPR rating
Amount of Teams: 4

Play Time:

Every Friday from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM on the INDOOR COURTS
Length of the League: 4 weeks – your team will play the scheduled matches on your designated day based on your
flight. All matches are held indoors. Teams will go to the playoffs on Friday, June 10th.
Cost to Participate: ARC members only, $50 per participant

Things to consider before signing up:
● Can you be committed? (There will not be a sub-list. If you cannot play, you must forfeit your matches.)
● You must be committed to playing with the team that drafts you.
Please email Cenyu Yang at arcpbleagues@ashevilleracquetclub.com if you are interested in participating in the PM
Minor League Pickleball. Spots are limited so please sign up as soon as possible

Indoor Pickleball Opportunties

Social Ladders

  • ARC hosts multiple fun social ladders throughout the week:
    • Tuesdays 5:30pm-8pm
    • Wednesdays for Beginners (2.0-3.0) 10am-12pm
    • Thursdays Ladies Ladder 4:30pm-7pm
    • Saturday 10am-12:30pm
    • ARC member and pickleball enthusiast, Joel Alnes, will be hosting a fun and friendly FREE Social Ladder on mostSundays from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Players of all levels are welcome
  • Sign-up is required via playtimescheduler.com.  Please reach out to mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com if you have any issues signing up.
  • Sign up for all social ladders will begin on Sundays at 7:00 pm for the following week’s events.
  • Please note:ARC members are permitted to sign up for all weekday Social Ladders and one of the two weekend Social Ladders, but not both weekend Social Ladders unless it is within 24 hours of the start and there are openings.  In other words, at 10am Friday, if there are openings in the other weekend ladder, you can sign up for both.  If you sign up for both prior to this time, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM ONE OF THE LADDERS ON PLAYTIMESCHEDULER.COM.
  • Social Ladders are FREE for ARC members
  • Please arrive at the start time and be ready to play ASAP.  Players not present at the start of the ladder WILL NOT BE WAITED FOR AND YOUR SPOT MAY BE GIVEN TO BYSTANDERS LOOKING TO PLAY.
  • The format is that you will be assigned to a court with 4 or 5 players total of similar skill level.  Top two point scorers move up, bottom two scorers move down.  We track scores which feed into a club rating system used to seed future ladders.  The ratings from ladders are also the means of moving up from a beginner level to intermediate or advanced which opens the possibility to play in those level drop in sessions throughout the week.

Pickleball membership

ARC is offering a pickleball ONLY membership for individuals and for families.  You can also upgrade to our Gold membership to have access to other areas in the facility. Upgrading would give you access to Pickleball, as well as our fitness facilities (including our group fitness classes) and pools at both ARC locations.

If you are interested in learning more about these membership opportunities, please reach out to our ARC Sales Team:

  • Roger Angel (ARC South): 828-707-7877
  • Mike Greene (ARC DT): 828-335-3137

Interested in learning more about our upcoming Pickleball programming or in taking lessons?

  • Michael Kinnear is the Director of Pickleball at ARC and is happy to answer your questions!
  • Reach out to Michael via e-mail at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com, 828-808-3260

Pickleball Policies & Etiquette

  • Have good sportsmanship and respect all players regardless of skill levels.
  • Be courteous of others by demonstrating appropriate behaviors and using appropriate language. I.e. Not hitting the balls in anger into the net or throwing paddles, and no cursing or profanity especially when there are younger children around.
  • The team on the tall fence/wall side generally serves first in recreational play.
  • The default format for drop-in and open play is one game to 11 wins by 1 in order to keep players mixing and reduce waiting time.
  • Make sure your opponents are ready before serving. If you are not ready, put your paddle up in the air.
  • Line calls are the responsibility of the receiving side. You are welcome to politely disagree, but their call stands unless they defer to the other team. Unless you are 100% sure the ball is out, it must be called in.
  • Don’t offer unsolicited coaching.
  • If you are crossing an active court to get onto an open court or leaving a court, wait until the current point is over. This also applies when a playing ball rolls onto a different court. Walking behind a playing court to retrieve the ball may cause a distraction.
  • For everyone’s safety, if a ball rolls into your court or your ball rolls into another court, immediately yell “BALL ON COURT!” to prevent any players from sustaining a possible injury.
  • Drop-In Session Etiquette: At drop-in sessions, you are required to mix in with all the players that signed up. ***If you do not want to mix and play, please make a private reservation on available courts with the front desk. If more players are present than courts available, the default system is to stack paddles to play in the next open court. Winners stay and split on the court as the runners-up come off the court and stack paddles. Whenever possible, partner with someone you have not yet played with.
  • Open Play Etiquette: At open play, all levels are welcome and are required to mix in and play with everyone regardless of skill level listed on playtime. We encourage players to help each other grow and learn from one another even though some games may not be challenging or competitive. It’s about building a positive and welcoming environment that is inclusive for all levels. If more players are present than courts available, the default system is to stack paddles to play in the next open court. Winners stay and split on the court as the runners-up come off the court and stack paddles. ***If you do not want to mix and play, please make a private reservation on available courts with the front desk.
  • When making private reservations, please have the first and last name of each person who will be on the court. This is especially important for indoor court reservations, to make sure court time charges are spilled correctly. ***For example, if one person calls to make the reservation for the court and doesn’t add the additional names to the reservation, they will be charged the full amount for the court fee. For liability purposes, all names of players must e provided so ARC knows who is on the property at all times.
  • When bringing a guest, please have them stop by the front desk. They will need to have a profile created if they have never been here before. (This can take some time if the desk is busy, having them come to the desk before your scheduled reservation will give you access to the full time of your reservation.) They also need the sign the liability waiver and pay the guest fee prior to playing and will not be allowed to play until these steps are completed.

Pickleball Policies & Etiquette

  • Have good sportsmanship and respect all players regardless of skill levels.

 

  • Be courteous of others by demonstrating appropriate behaviors and using appropriate language. I.e. Not hitting the balls in anger into the net or throwing paddles, and no cursing or profanity especially when there are younger children around.
  • The team on the tall fence/wall side generally serves first in recreational play.
  • The default format for drop-in and open play is one game to 11 wins by 1 in order to keep players mixing and reduce waiting time.
  • Make sure your opponents are ready before serving. If you are not ready, put your paddle up in the air.
  • Line calls are the responsibility of the receiving side. You are welcome to politely disagree, but their call stands unless they defer to the other team. Unless you are 100% sure the ball is out, it must be called in.
  • Don’t offer unsolicited coaching.
  • If you are crossing an active court to get onto an open court or leaving a court, wait until the current point is over. This also applies when a playing ball rolls onto a different court. Walking behind a playing court to retrieve the ball may cause a distraction.
  • For everyone’s safety, if a ball rolls into your court or your ball rolls into another court, immediately yell “BALL ON COURT!” to prevent any players from sustaining a possible injury.
  • Drop-In Session Etiquette: At drop-in sessions, you are required to mix in with all the players that signed up. ***If you do not want to mix and play, please make a private reservation on available courts with the front desk. If more players are present than courts available, the default system is to stack paddles to play in the next open court. Winners stay and split on the court as the runners-up come off the court and stack paddles. Whenever possible, partner with someone you have not yet played with.
  • Open Play Etiquette: At open play, all levels are welcome and are required to mix in and play with everyone regardless of skill level listed on playtime. We encourage players to help each other grow and learn from one another even though some games may not be challenging or competitive. It’s about building a positive and welcoming environment that is inclusive for all levels. If more players are present than courts available, the default system is to stack paddles to play in the next open court. Winners stay and split on the court as the runners-up come off the court and stack paddles. ***If you do not want to mix and play, please make a private reservation on available courts with the front desk.
  • When making private reservations, please have the first and last name of each person who will be on the court. This is especially important for indoor court reservations, to make sure court time charges are spilled correctly. ***For example, if one person calls to make the reservation for the court and doesn’t add the additional names to the reservation, they will be charged the full amount for the court fee. For liability purposes, all names of players must e provided so ARC knows who is on the property at all times.
  • When bringing a guest, please have them stop by the front desk. They will need to have a profile created if they have never been here before. (This can take some time if the desk is busy, having them come to the desk before your scheduled reservation will give you access to the full time of your reservation.) They also need the sign the liability waiver and pay the guest fee prior to playing and will not be allowed to play until these steps are completed.
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