Energizing the Lives of Seniors in Perry Hall, MD

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Pickleball Sponsored by Seven Oaks 

We will play indoors June 29 through August 5 at Perry Hall Middle School and then outdoors at the school until the end of August. We hope to be back indoors at Honeygo Regional Park in September. 

Court 1 will be for beginners and Court 2 & 3 for Advanced Play. Enter through the door on the side by the trailers. Do not use the main entrance to the school! 

Perry Hall Middle School (Indoors) - Tuesday, June 29-Aug. 5 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday—12:30-2:30 pm—Open Play
Wednesdays—12:30-2:30 pm –Instructional for Beginners

PHMS (Outdoor Play) Outdoor Courts
Mon, Wed, Fri. 8 a.m.-Noon through August 6
Mon-Friday from 8am-12 pm from Aug 7-Sept 3.

If you'd like to join our beginner program on Wednesdays please use the sign up link below to let us know to expect you in attendance. 

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with a paddle and plastic ball. All equipment is provided however most players bring their own paddle. Please wear sneakers. We play indoors from Sept-May at Honeygo Regional Park and in the summers at Perry Hall Middle School. New players are required to attend the Monday instructional program. Honeygo does not follow the senior center closing schedule. Players should send an e-mail to kyoung@baltimorecountymd.gov to request to be added to the Pickleball e-mail distribution list. All players must be 60 and over and a member of Seven Oaks Senior Center. Click on the button below to download our pickleball brochure. 

Upcoming Closings 

Play Schedule (Sept-June at Honeygo)

Instructional Beginners  11:30 am-1pm 

9 am-12:30 pm - Intermediate/Advanced Play
12:30-3:30 – Walk On Play (All levels)*

11 am-1pm - Intermediate/Advanced Play

9 am-12:30 pm- Intermediate/Advanced Play
12:30-3:30 pm Beg/Novice Play
11am -1 pm Beginner/Novice Play
1-4 pm Intermediate/Advanced Play

 *"Walk-On Pickleball Play is designed for any skill level player to participate in a rotation of practice recreational game and select their foursomes from those attendees present.  If attendance is low players can mix up their foursomes with low skilled and high skilled players."  There are no skill sign-up or restrictions for Walk-On Pickleball    

USAPA, IPTPA, IFP and WPF define Pickleball skill levels as:

Level 1.0 - Beginner Stage I
New—has minimal knowledge of the game. 

Level 1.5 - Beginner Stage II
Has taken at least one beginner lesson
Learning to play the game, scoring and some basic rules 

Level 2.0 - Beginning Stage III
Has participated in novice and beginning skills practice
Moves around the court in a balanced and safe manner
Gets some serves “in”
Realizes aspects of score-keeping, rules and where to stand on the court during serve, receive of serve, and general play
Has some basic stroke skills, backhand, forehand, volley but has obvious weaknesses
Familiar with where to stand in doubles play 

Level 2.5 - Beginning/Novice
Able to serve “in” more regularly
Knows the two bounce rule and demonstrates it most times
Knows where to stand on the court during serve, serve receive and general play
Is mastering keeping score
Aware of the soft game and occasionally tries to dink
Working on form for ground strokes, accuracy is variable
Makes longer lasting slow paced rallies
Sometimes lobs with forehand with varying degrees of success
Beginning to approach the non-volley zone to hit volleys
Court coverage is weak but is improving
Knows fundamental rules and can keep score 

Level 3.0 - Beginning/Novice
Working to keep the serve and serve receive deep
Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone when opportunity is there
Trying to make flatter returns (where appropriate)
More aware of their partner’s position on the court and moving more as a team
Developing more power in shots
Beginning to attempt lobs and dinks with little success and doesn’t fully understand when and why they should be used
Demonstrates improved skills with all the basic shot strokes and shot placement but lacks control when trying for direction, depth or power on shots 

Level 3.5 - Novice/Intermediate
Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game
Gets high majority of serves “in”
Able to serve and return serve deep
Hits to the weak side of opponent often
Demonstrates more strategies of playing during games
Works better with partners in communicating, covering court, moving to net
With varying consistency executes: lobs, forehand/backhand ground strokes, overheads, net volleys, and sustained dinking
Starting to use drop shots in order to get to the net
Knows when to make some specific placed shots in the game
Working on mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage
Hits fewer balls out of bounds or in the net
Dinks mostly in opponents' kitchen and dinks lower over the net
Able to sustain dinking in the game
Has a moderate number of unforced errors 

Level 4.0 - Advanced Stage I
Beginning to play more consistently in all phases of the game
Anticipates opponents shots resulting in good court position
Primarily plays offensively
Controls and places serves and return of serves to best advantage
Puts strategy into play in the game
Consistently varies shots to create a competitive advantage
Works and moves well with partner – easily switches court positions when required
Very comfortable playing at the non-volley zone. Works with partner to control the line, keeping opponents back and driving them off line
Can block volleys directed at them
Has good footwork and moves laterally, backward and forward with ease
Uses strategy in dinking to get a put-away shot
Consistently executes effective drop shots
Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies: drop shot, lobs and fast paced ground strokes
Hits a low number of unforced errors per game 

Level 4.5 - Advanced Stage II
Able to regularly convert a hard shot to a soft shot
Exhibits patience at a superior level
Shows noticeably increased skills, a higher level of strategy, quickness of hands and movement, judicious use of power, superior placement of shots, anticipation of play, sustained volleying skills, superior put-aways – all with consistency
Understands strategy and can adjust style of play and game plan according to opponents strength and weaknesses and court position
Beginning to master dink and drop shots
Makes very few unforced errors 
Level 5.0 - Advanced Stage III (under 35 years of age eligible for "Pro" status.
Has mastered all skills and strategies
Dependable in stressful situations
Athletic ability, quickness, and agility separates these players​