Pickleball at the Y

At the YMCA of Central New York, we’re rising to the challenge of providing our members with the opportunity to learn and play pickleball!

Pickleball is:

  • Easy to learn and play
  • Great exercise
  • Inexpensive
  • A ton of fun

Pickleball culture is:

  • Welcoming to new players
  • Social
  • Inclusive
  • Makes it easy to find others to play with, anywhere you go

For all these reasons, Pickleball is America’s Fastest Growing Sport!


How to Get Involved:

Open Play” is offered at five different Y locations for active YMCA Members. If you’re a newcomer to pickleball, you can expect to find a community of friends who will help you get started.

  • Hal Welsh East Area Family Branch (Fayetteville)
  • Manlius Branch
  • Northwest Family Branch (Baldwinsville)
  • North Area Family Branch(Liverpool)
  • Downtown Branch


Sign Up for YMCA Open Play:

  • Browse the YMCA Pickleball Association Schedule to find a location and time that suits you.
  • Show up at the appointed time. Bring a paddle if you have one, or ask for a loaner paddle upon checking in at the Y front desk. Balls are provided.
  • If you’re new, ask for someone to explain the protocol used for play, and to help you get started playing if needed.


Become a Master at the Manlius Y

It’s often said that Pickleball is “easy to learn and difficult to master.” The Manlius YMCA, offers a comprehensive pickleball program that will put you on the road to mastery for YMCA Members and Non-Members.

Looking to play in organized round robins or leagues? Or want to learn to play with the guidance of a teaching professional?

Our coaching team is PPR Certified (Professional Pickleball Registry) and uses state-of-the-art coaching methods to help you learn or improve your game. All programs are held on four indoor pickleball courts located on tennis court #1. 


How do I find a Pickleball Program for me?

  • Pickleball 101, weekly clinics, or lessons are ideal ways to learn the strokes, strategies, and rules of pickleball in a systematic way.
  • Weekly Pickleball Clinics allow you to learn at your own pace. Note that each clinic has a recommended playing level to ensure you’re in the right group.
  • Round Robins are for players who are already familiar with the game. Numbers are limited and rotations will be organized by one of our teaching staff.
  • Join a League: Play every week with a regular group.
  • Private or small group lessons are tailored to you or your group’s needs.

Browse Manlius Y Pickleball Programs


Register for a program that’s just right. 

All pickleball series, clinics, lessons, and play must be registered in advance.

Pickleball 101 or Leagues:

  • Call 315.692.4777 or stop by the Manlius YMCA to sign up.
  • Register online
  • Week-by-week attendance is available, space permitting. Call 315.692.4777 or stop by the Manlius Y up to one week in advance to confirm.

Round Robins:

  • Call 315.692.4777 or stop by the Manlius YMCA to sign up.
  • Sign up for round robins up to one week in advance.

Open Pickleball Play or YMCA Member Pickleball:

  • Call 315.692.4777 or stop by the Manlius YMCA to sign up.


Pickleball Safety

When playing pickleball, we recommend wearing:

  • Tennis, pickleball or other court shoes. Unlike running shoes, court shoes provide the support needed for lateral movement on gym or tennis court surfaces.
  • Eyeglasses or protective eye-ware.



Contact James Burgess at jburgess@ymcacny.org or Veronica Hotaling at vhotaling@ymcacny.org for help!


It's a great day for pickleball! 
See you on the courts!