It is no surprise pickleball is one of the most popular sports in the US — and growing! Pickleball is an activity for people of all abilities and ages. Although it was associated originally with the “gray-haired” crowd, the young-uns are now the fastest-growing demographic.
Whether you purchased your first pickleball paddle years ago or are just thinking about learning the game now, joining a league is a great way to learn the sport, meet other enthusiasts, and test your mettle at the competition.
The Paseo Club is a social club in the Santa Clarita Valley. We have eleven well-lit pickleball courts and a comprehensive department, complete with drop-in games, leagues, tournaments, and charitable events.
In this article, you will learn what a pickleball league is, the benefits of joining a league, and how you can participate in the pickleball leagues at the Paseo Club.
What is a pickleball league?
A pickleball league is a group of players who meet to compete for a predetermined time period. At the Paseo Club, each league session lasts approximately seven weeks.
Pickleball leagues are organized in a round robin format. Games are played with the same partner and against a different pair of opponents each week.
The 5 benefits of joining a pickleball league
There are several benefits to joining a league. But most importantly, it is so much fun!
Pickleball is a social sport. Players may enjoy the visiting almost as much as the playing! Joining a league will introduce you to more players and people to geek out over the sport with.
2. New players
When you join a pickleball league, you get to play with different opponents that you might not normally have a chance to compete against, which improves your skills and technique.
Participating in league play is quite affordable, making it accessible to almost all players.
4. Consistent play at your level
When you play drop-in pickleball, the players are at all different levels. League play ensures you play against picklers of a similar skill set. This helps develop your abilities because you won’t be demolished by the experts or not get challenged by the inexperienced.
5. Build rapport with your pickleball partner
Participating in competitions with your pickleball partner allows you to learn each other's styles, strengths, and weaknesses. It improves communication and increases chemistry.
What is the fee for joining a pickleball league?
It costs $40 per seven-week season to join a pickleball league at the Paseo Club.
Who can join a pickleball league at the Paseo Club?
Any Paseo Club member can join the pickleball leagues.
What if you are a beginner and not yet ranked for league play?
Pickleball is a sport growing in popularity worldwide. We know many people who want to join a league who are new to the sport. That is why we have beginner leagues for beginner or new players.
What are the pickleball leagues at the Paseo Club?
The Paseo Club has three different divisions with beginners through advanced league play.
The Paseo Club has teams of ladies at each level — beginners, 3.0, 3.5, or 4.0 leagues exist in seasons as needed. There are both daytime and evening league options for ladies, and once you and your partner have taken GOLD in any league division, you must bump to a higher level.
Men's teams play on Monday nights. Leagues start at 3.0. When any team takes a GOLD medal, they must bump to a higher level in the league.
Mixed leagues compete on Thursday nights at the 3.0 and 3.5 level, battling it out for the top teams. The Paseo Club’s mixed teams are quite popular, with teams competing in local tournaments. Once you bump into the 4.0 level, you and your partner will compete in the open division, which includes all types of teams.
How do people sign up to join a pickleball league at the Paseo Club?
While you do that, ask to get on the “pickleball list.” The list will provide you with any and all information about pickleball at the Paseo Club, including events, leagues, classes, drop-in nights, updates on the courts, and more!
Final thoughts on pickleball leagues at the Paseo Club
Jen Azevedo is a person of many talents. She is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!