Palo Alto Pickleball Club
Welcome to the Palo Alto Pickleball Club
Drop-in Play, Seven Days a Week!
Meet our more than 700 members of every age. We enjoy all levels of play, but the one thing we have in common is that we all love and want to share the joy of pickleball!
Pickleball and friendships. Our motto is “Arrive as a Stranger and Leave as a Friend”
We play on 15 outdoor public courts at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Download/view more info HERE.
15 courts sunrise to 3:00 p.m. 7 days a week.
8 courts 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week (8 with lights).
Download/view more info HERE.
It's great to have a place for fun exercise where we don't have to plan ahead. We can drop in for 30 minutes or 3 hours and always find a good game, great camaraderie, and a warm welcome.
Club members and visitors abide by certain court-sharing guidelines. Download/view more info HERE. Learn how to play and how to improve your game at USAPA. Read the USAPA Sportsmanship Guidelines HERE.
To become a PAPC member, please download the application form below and read the instructions for Palo Alto residents and non-residents. Application forms can also be found at the courts
Non-residents may be placed on a waiting list for reasons explained on the application.
Whether or not you are a PAPC member, everyone is welcome to play pickleball at the Mitchell Park courts.
Benefits & Dues
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Challenging play for all ages and abilities
Round robins and tournaments
Challenge ladders for all levels
Potluck pickleball parties
Magnetic name tags
5% discount at Pickleball Central
discount code: CRPAPC
Membership questions HERE.
Beginner Sessions, Clinics and Lessons
New to Pickleball?
A Club volunteer will be hosting a Getting Started session for Palo Alto residents three or four times a month at the courts near the Magical Bridge Playground (see dates and times below). No reservation necessary, no prior experience necessary, no equipment necessary, no club-membership necessary. Please come on time because we have a lot to cover. Look for the person in the orange vest near the storage locker.
We regret that we do not have the court capacity to offer these sessions to non-residents, and encourage those who live in other communities to call their recreation departments for information about classes and courts nearby.
Upcoming Getting Started sessions will be announced a few days in advance based on weather forecast and availability of volunteers. Please check back regularly.
Next Getting Started sessions:
Thursday September 22nd, 7:30-9:00 am (early morning)
Thursday September 22nd, 12:00-1:30 pm
Moving on Up - Skills and Drills (PAPC members only, beginning June 6)
Each week will be a stand-alone clinic, so it will be a week-by-week signup process through PlayTime Scheduler. Sessions are run by Chuck Kaspar, PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor, as well as club volunteers.
Signups are on PlayTime Scheduler each week. Please sign up for only the one level that best describes your playing level.
Since we cannot reserve courts, these sessions will depend on court availability. In the event that courts are full, programs may be delayed.
Please bring a paddle with your name and contact information on it, a ball, a name tag, suntan lotion, maybe a cold drink, and a smile!
We will meet at 1 pm by court P15 and play on courts P11, P13, and P15 with 1 instructor and 2 assistants for 12 players. There will be 4 players on each court with an instructor or assistant. The clinics end at 2:15 pm.
Mondays, Beginners Clinic for levels 2.75 to 3.00 (12:00 to 1:15 pm)
Our journey of learning pickleball from A to Z begins with building a solid FUNdamental foundation. We start from the very beginning. This includes the history of pickleball, a continental paddle grip, proper stance and paddle position, court positioning, strategy, and focus on teamwork, court etiquette, and smart, high percentage kitchen line play, serves, return serves, third shot drops.
Tuesdays, Intermediate Clinic for level 3.25 (12:00 to 1:15 pm)
Our Moving on Up - Skills and Drills continues building on the #1 clinic.
Wednesdays, Advanced Clinic for level 3.5 (12:00 to 1:15 pm)
This is for players who want to work towards maximizing their potential or becoming advanced players at the 4.0+ level. This is focused on strengthening skills including strokes for the backhand, volleying, and may include the use of topspin, side spin, and underspin strokes depending on the readiness of the players.
Classes & Lessons
For those looking for formal lessons, click HERE.
GOLDEN STATE PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
BAY AREA SENIOR GAMES
Round Robin & Potluck (see 2018 photos)
4TH OF JULY
Firecracker Tournament & Potluck
Round Robin & Potluck
If you're interested in organizing group play at Mitchell Park, or you just want to see who's playing, sign up online at playtimescheduler.com. If you sign up for the San Francisco Bay Area, you will be able to view a weekly calendar of pickleball sessions color-coded by county. You can also opt-in to be notified by email whenever someone organizes a session at Mitchell Park.
The Club's ball machine check-out is on pause until further notice.
"Oh, what a pickleball!" Punch Magazine, July, 2021
"Pickleball's Popularity" Palo Alto Weekly, August 2, 2019
"Pickleball Picking Up Steam on New Courts at Rengstorff Park" Los Altos Town Crier, June 19, 2019
Daily Post, April 27, 2019
"Palo Alto Pickleballers Volley for a Win in Battle Over Courts…" Peninsula/Press March 19, 2019
Viking Sports Mag Online, December 3, 2018
Palo Alto Online, April 8, 2018
"New Pickleball Courts Planned for Mitchell Park" Palo Alto Online, January 5, 2018
"Pickleball goddess on a mission to get more courts" – The Mercury News, July 6, 2017
Channel 7 ABC News host Amanda del Castillo came to Mitchell park to do a news segment about our club.
(April 29, 2019) View news segment HERE.
"Behind the Headlines - The Rise of Pickleball". Palo Alto Weekly podcast interview with Monica on pickleball's popularity (August 2, 2019).
Video from Stanford School of Journalism