Pickleball Open GymOpen Gym Schedule
Effective January 5th a per player fee of $2.00 is paid for each Pickleball Open Gym use at both Marshalltown Commmunity College and Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.
Sundays 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. and 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3 courts available
Play will be at Veterans Memorial Coliseum until otherwise noted.
Thursdays 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3 courts available
2 courts will be designated for reserved playing time. The other court(s) will be designated for open/drop-in/instructional play. Call our office to reserve your playing time! Equipment provided if needed.
Bring in clean, dry shoes to play in!
Directions to Babe Harder gym:
Simply enter through the #7 doors and go to your right to Babe Harder gym!
Two courts will be waiting for Pickleball play!
Parks & Recreation reserves the right to change times and/or policies as the demand for playing time increases or decreases.
Don't know how to play Pickleball?
Contact the Parks & Recreation and a staff person may be available to join you and teach you and your friends how to play this incredibly fun game!
In case of inclement weather, call our cancellation line 641-754-5779, check our Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter.
Interested in your own equipment? Parks & Recreation has partnered with Sports Page Sporting Goods to be your Pickleball equipment provider! Stop out to their store (Marshall Town Center) or give them a call 641-753-5888. Pickleball equipment is IN STOCK and ready for you!
What is Pickleball?Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Fun for almost any age, Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America; especially in the baby boomer/zoomer demographic!
2013 Pickleball ScrambleMarshalltown Parks & Recreation hosted our first pickleball tournament Saturday, November 16, 2013! 34 participants from 17 cities took part in the 3 different tournament formats offered; social scramble, competitive scramble, open singles.
Tournament results are listed below.
Competitive Singles Social
L-R: Steve Stone, Chad Weir L-R: Steve Stone, Lyle Theisen L-R: Roger Bauder, Ashley WagelBobcat Pool Results
Tiger Pool Results
The Marshalltown Parks & Recreation department would like to sincerely thank the Marshalltown Community College Athletic Department and Dan Huntley for using Babe Harder Gymnasium, Adland Engraving for the awards, Steph Gilbert for her help with the score tabulation, Steve Stone for his assistance and guidance and most of all the participants. We are humbled by the turnout and are looking forward to scheduling our next tournament!
What is a "Scramble"?
A scramble is another name for a round robin or pool play tournament format. Players are divided into groups or pools based on skill level (not gender). In the case of Pickleball, your player rating. If you have 24 people in your tournament you split the tournament field into 3 groups of 8. Using player ratings you place the 8 players with the lowest ratings in one group/pool, of the remaining 16 players the next 8 players with the lowest rating are placed in the next group/pool, and your final group/pool of 8 players should be the highest rated players in the tournament. This format is very popular as it places similar skilled players into groups where the games are fun, competitive and the playing field is more even.
After your groups/pools have been established, you begin round robin/pool play. This is where this tournament format gets fun. During play you play with everyone in your pool once, and against everyone twice. Whether you win or lose, you keep the points you and your partner score during the game, and keep a running total for round robin/pool play.
For example, Player A and Player B are playing against Player C and Player D. Players A & B beat Players C & D in their game 11 - 9. Point totals for the players would be A(11) B(11) C(9) D(9). The next game Players A & D play B & C. A & D win 11 - 7. Player totals are now A(22) B(18) C(16) D(20). After all play has concluded the player with the most points wins! See the score sheet example below if needed.
For more detailed information visit these two websites!