Pickleball

'The expert in anything was once a beginner.' Waterloo Pickleball welcomes all ages and abilities — no membership is required. Connect with other pickleballers in our Facebook group.


On this page

  1. Booking a game
  2. Fees
  3. Learn to Play pickleball clinics
  4. RIM Park schedule
  5. Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex schedule
  6. Free games
  7. League registration
  8. League standings
  9. Contact us

Booking a game

Book a Pickleball time on ActiveWaterloo

Levels of play
Beginner (2.0)

Players are new to the sport, have limited knowledge of the game and want to learn in a fun environment. Staff are there to guide as needed with rules, etiquette and gameplay.

Novice (2.5)

Novice players are starting to understand the basics of pickleball. They are learning:

  • where to stand at the beginning of each point
  • serve in the proper "in" location
  • the two-bounce rule on returns
  • keep score without mistakes
  • keep the ball in play for a few hits
  • aware of a dink shot and working toward this fundamental skill
Intermediate (3.0)
Intermediate players are moving beyond the basics. They will:
  • know basic rules but may not be aware of higher-level rules
  • position themselves well on the court relative to other players and action some of the time
  • working on consistent serves and returns but may lack depth, power and speed
  • understand why shallow dinks are necessary and are working on consistent execution
  • able to rally 4 dinks in a row with a player of equal ability
  • execute backhand shots
  • add more power or softness to the game as needed
Intermediate plus (3.5)

The intermediate plus player understands everything in beginner, novice and intermediate levels, and:

  • knows most of the rules and how they affect the game (including net rules, net post issues, kitchen lines, non-volley zone, etc.)
  • knows more scenarios and positions themselves well on the court relative to other players
  • move quickly to the net
  • sustain rallies easily with strategic hits that may miss the mark
  • serves and returns are almost always deep
  • successfully hits third-shot drops some of the time
  • understand not to pop up dinks but can't execute consistently
  • understand hard and soft game and varies shots appropriately
  • work with their partner to win a point
Advanced (4.0)

Advanced players know the rules and how to play. They also apply strategy well and expect opponents' shots. This player can do the following:

  • hit forehand and backhand with varying speed and control
  • can often finish the point when their opponents give them an opening
  • moderate consistency with drop shots and dink shots
  • starting to understand balls that are attackable and those that should be reset
  • sustain rallies of 20-30 hits without much difficulty
  • almost always plays at the non-volley line and gets there quickly
  • can handle lobs and reset position
  • move as a team with their partner and can cover most of the court
  • be patient and wait for an opening while selectively placing shots
Open

All skill levels are welcome. It is helpful to understand the rules and the basics of how to play.

Family

This program is for multigenerational and family play. All skill levels are welcome. It is helpful to understand the rules and the basics of how to play. An adult must accompany children under 14 years of age.


Fees

This chart outlines single admission costs and multiple visit costs using our FitPass. FitPasses can be purchased online using ActiveWaterloo.

  Single admission 10 visits 25 visits

50 visits

(Pickleball only)

Adult (18+) $5.75 $51.66 $120.55 $229.62

Youth* and older adult (55+)

$4.30 $38.75 $90.41 $172.21

*Youth age is 10 to 17 years old
*Youth 14 and younger must be with an adult


Learn to Play clinics

Are you new to the sport of pickleball? Sign up for a Learn to Play clinic online to learn some basics, such as:

  • an understanding of the basic rules
  • fundamental skills
  • how to keep score
  • game etiquette

Register for a Learn to Play clinic

Clinics are open for registration. We will add additional dates based on need and space availability.


RIM Park schedule

Schedule effective January 2024

Game format:

  • maximum of 52 players, 4 per court
  • players get 1 hour and 20 minutes of continuous play, rotation amongst courts is allowed

Games are played from Monday to Friday.

Monday

  • Intermediate: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Intermediate: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (52 spots)

Tuesday

  • Open: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Open: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Beginner and Novice: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. (28 spots)

Wednesday

  • Beginner: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (28 spots in Gyms 1 and 2)
  • Advanced: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (28 spots in Gyms 3 and 4)
  • Intermediate: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (52 spots)

Thursday

  • Open: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Intermediate Plus and Advanced: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Beginner and Novice: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. (28 spots)

Friday

  • Intermediate: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Open: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (52 spots)
  • Open: 8:15 to 9:35 p.m. (28 spots)
  • Intermediate: 9:45 to 11:05 p.m (14 spots)

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex schedule

Schedule effective January 2024

Game format:

  • maximum of 20 players, 4 per court
  • players get 1 hour and 20 minutes of continuous play, rotation amongst courts is allowed

Games are played from Monday to Sunday.

Monday

  • Open: 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.
  • Beginner: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Open: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m.

Tuesday

  • Open: 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.
  • Novice: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Open: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m.
  • Open: 5:00 to 6:20 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Open: 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m.
  • Beginner: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Open: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m.

Thursday

  • Open: 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 9:00 to 10:20 a.m.
  • Novice: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Open: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m.

Friday

  • Open: 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.
  • Beginner: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Intermediate: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m.

Saturday

  • Family: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. (10 spots)
  • Family: 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. (10 spots)
  • Open: 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.
  • Open: 3:00 to 4:20 p.m.

Sunday

  • Beginner: 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.
  • Novice: 2:00 to 3:20 p.m.
  • Intermediate: 3:30 to 4:50 p.m.

Free games

Thank you to our sponsor, Chartwell Retirement Residences, for free pickleball sessions. 

Register up to 72 hours in advance.

Find and register for free pickleball


League registration

Winter Pickleball Tuesdays – RIM Park (18+)

Register as a team (4 people) or as a free agent. Registration is open.

  • games are at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex
  • game times are at 9:15 and 10:15 p.m.
  • runs November 21 to January
  • includes 8 weeks of play, three matches a night and no sit time
  • levels of play: Recreational, Intermediate and Advanced

Winter Pickleball Mondays – WMRC (18+)

This league is currently full. To join the waitlist, email CARL@waterloo.ca.

  • games are at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
  • game times are at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 p.m.
  • runs January 8 to March
  • includes 12 weeks of play, three matches a night and no sit time
  • levels of play: Recreational, Intermediate and Advanced

Winter Pickleball Tuesdays – WMRC (18+)

Register as a team (4 people). Free agent spots are currently full – join the waiting list.

  • games are at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
  • game times are at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
  • runs January 9 to March
  • includes 12 weeks of play, three matches a night and no sit time
  • levels of play: Recreational, Intermediate and Advanced

League standings

Monday League - WMRC

Intermediate 1 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Y-Pack 15 7 8   159 164 -5 21
Shake and Bake 15 10 5   191 125 66 30
Newbies 15 9 6   169 163 6 27
Empty Netters 15 4 11   126 187 -61 12
Mature Swingers 15 6 9   140 181 -41 18
Bread & Butter 15 12 3   186 123 63 36
T-Bones 15 10 5   194 124 70 30
Get Pickled 15 11 4   193 113 80 33

Intermediate 2 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Indy #1 15 2 13   93 195 -102 6
Talkin Bout Practice 15 1 14   95 211 -116 3
Dietz Dual 15 4 11   100 190 -90 12
Pickles on the Side 15 10 4 1 188 130 58 31
Team Next Gen 15 9 6   161 140 21 27
Batman & Robin 15 9 5 1 174 133 41 28

Recreational 1 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Dink Sisters 15 7 6 2 156 154 2 23
TBD 15 14 1   201 94 107 42
Not Gherkin Around 15 5 9 1 143 174 -31 16
Team Brown 15 8 7   151 153 -2 24
Beabobby 15 13 1 1 191 93 98 40
One Hit Wonders 15 5 9 1 129 181 -52 16
Mello 15 4 11   141 181 -40 12
Dink Divas 15 4 10 1 132 155 -23 13

Recreational 2 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Bwitched 15 5 9 1 144 169 -25 16
Day Dinkers 15 9 5 1 166 111 55 28
B & D 15 7 7 1 156 141 15 22
The Picklers 15 11 4   180 140 40 33
Purple Power 15 9 5 1 191 144 47 28
The Briny Bunch 15 5 10   108 184 -76 15
Lesters 15 5 10   89 168 -79 15
Juicy Pickles 15 4 11   122 160 -38 12

Tuesday League - WMRC

Intermediate 1 Division 

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Dink-a-Ling 12 10 2   182 93 89 30
Arctic Tundra 12 7 4 1 142 120 22 22
Attackers 12 9 2 1 158 87 71 28
Arthur Island PA 12 8 4   154 109 45 24
Dawson Duo 12 4 8   92 164 -72 12
Chef 12 1 11   83 169 -86 3
Jolly Volleys 12 1 11   83 165 -82 3
Ball Handlers 12 6 4 2 149 117 32 20

Intermediate 2 Division 

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
McDougall Ballers 12 6 5 1 143 117 26 19
Sum O Dat 12 5 6 1 107 134 -27 16
Team Sidez 12 4 8   119 138 -19 12
Beth and Megan 12 7 4 1 122 112 10 22
C & H  12 3 7 2 131 136 -5 11
Kitchenettes 12 3 7 2 108 158 -50 11
The Dinking Duo 12 9 3   139 102 37 27
Smash Sisters 12 6 3 3 125 103 22 21

Recreation 1/Intermediate Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
VTM 12 3 8 1 103 143 -40 10
Pickled Pink 12 2 8 2 110 160 -50 8
NSF 12 8 1 3 139 101 38 27
Burt & Cranny 12 8 3 1 148 98 50 25
Indy #2 12 9 1 2 153 99 54 29
The Pickle Boys 12 7 4 1 145 134 11 22
Not Our Fault 12 1 9 2 112 146 -34 5
Nature Power Paddlers 12 3 7 2 108 143 -35 11

Recreation 2 Division 

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Indy #1 12   12   38 176 -138 0
Underdogs 12 3 9   96 148 -52 9
Kitchen Heat 12 3 9   105 144 -39 9
Still Waters 12 5 6 1 138 130 8 16
Real Dills 12 6 5 1 138 128 10 19
The Picklas 12 8 4   133 124 9 24
Lester4 12 11 1   171 64 107 33
Paddlers 12 11 1   175 78 97 33

Tuesday League - RIM PARK

Intermediate 1 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
The Ballin Picklers 12 12     180 54 126 36
Smash and Dink Duo 12 7 4 1 132 111 21 22
San & Di 12 5 7   133 131 2 15
99s 11 5 6   116 126 -10 15
Indy #4 12 4 8   109 152 -43 12
2 Old 4 Tennis 11 2 9   54 141 -87 6
Hot Pickle 12 9 2 1 154 102 52 28

Intermediate 2 Division

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Picklebros 13 12 1   187 93 94 36
Kris' Team 12 8 4   142 97 45 24
Pickle Brothers 12 5 7   128 143 -15 15
In a Pickel 12 7 5   148 113 35 21
Indy #2 12 4 8   115 142 -27 12
Pickle Power 13   13   66 194 -128 0

Recreation 1 Division 

Team NameGPWLTPFPAPDTP
Talkin' Bout Practice 12 8 4   131 80 51 24
Dill or No Dill 12 5 7   75 127 -52 15
Sugarwoods 12 9 3   148 83 65 27
Indy #3 12 3 9   99 143 -44 9
The Pickles 12 6 6   103 121 -18 18
Team Hazel 12 2 10   68 135 -67 6

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To contact City of Waterloo staff about Pickleball, email pickleball@waterloo.ca or call 519-884-5363 x17239.