General Information

Pickleball is a fun sport for anyone of any age (including over 60)! Pickleball is a racket game similar to tennis but played on a smaller court.   Adult Pickleball for age 18+ is played in the First Friends Church gym.  Open gym format, all are welcome.  Instructions are available, equipment provided.  No fee or registration required for Open Pickleball Mon, Wed and Fri.


 2024:  Beginning Jan 3 Adult Open Pickleball will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 9am-12 (Noon) during the year of 2024.  There will be some cancellations during the year due to church/sports activities. No pickleball in August or December.


NOTE:  NEW DAY AND FEE FOR SHOOTOUT!  Beginning Jan 11, 2024 Shootout will be on Thursdays from 9am-12Noon utilizing all six courts.  No Shootout on Mondays.  Individual fee of $5.00 to participate.  Pay at the Shootout with cash/check made payable to First Friends Church.

There is an online sign up process.  Those that sign up for the shootout can arrive by 9:00 am to warm up. The devotion will be at 9:30 and play will be immediately following.  The first step is to join the ‘First Friends Pickleball on GroupMe’.  See link below to join.  Details on how to sign up will follow in the First Friends GroupMe chat as it becomes closer.
 You’re invited to a new group ‘First Friends Pickleball ‘ on GroupMe. Click here to join:


Please contact Leurene Hildenbrand to receive cancellation notifications.  Email:



Weather Cancellation Policy:  When Plain Local Schools are closed or have a delayed start, then all Pickleball activities at the church are cancelled.  


Director: Leurene Hildenbrand, National, Ohio & Canton Hall of Fame Senior Olympian


Questions?  Call Sports Office at 330-966-6868 or Welcome Desk at 330-966-2800 or email

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