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 all six 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
  • Southwest Branch at OCC


Sign Up for YMCA Open Play:

  • Browse the YMCA Pickleball Association Schedule to find a location and time that suits you.


    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!