Novice pickleball leagues, clinics and programs for Winter 2023/2024

There are a lot of opportunities for new players learn pickleball and get some play time in the Albany, Schenectady and Clifton Park area. Here are some of the programs going on this winter 2023/2024.

SPORTIME Schenectady

SPORTIME Schenectady has come beginner clinics coming up: One is for Junior Players on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. ($99 for 4 classes). And the other is a Family Learn to Play. This could be parent-child or siblings and a parent or an aunt and niece/nephew… This is on Saturdays starting Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon and is also $99 for the 4 classes.

Also the “Friday Family Play” from 5 to 7 p.m. is meant as Open Play that is family-friendly and inclusive of different ages and levels. 

Call Sportime to register at (518) 356-0100 or browse their full schedule.

Gina Family clinics in Clifton Park

Pickleball instructor Gina Family will be teaching clinics at the new indoor courts at The Hockey Hut in Clifton Park:

  • Monday Clinic- 12/4 – 4:00-5:15-Skills and Drills – The Volley
  • Monday Clinic 12/4- 5:30-6:45-Pickleball 101
  • Monday 12/11 – 4:00-5:15-Lob Retrieval and Overhead Smash
  • Monday 12/11 – 5:30-6:45 – Skills and Drills – Dinking and the Third Shot Drop
  • Monday 12/18 – 4:00-5:15- Pickleball 102
  • Monday 12/18 – 5:30-6:45 -Pickleball 101

Go to the Hockey Hut website or call 518-371-1469 or email CPPickleball@myhockeyhut.com.

Southern Saratoga YMCA in Clifton Park

Southern Saratoga YMCA in Clifton Park runs a Learn to Play pickleball every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and 10 a.m. It is free to members, non-members could pay a $20 drop-in fee.  Registration goes through the front desk at (518) 371-2139.

SSYMCA is launching several youth pickleball programs…

Teen Pickleball – 3 hour learn to play pickleball followed by a round robin tournament on Dec. 28 12/28/23 – 12/28/23  $40 for members/ $80 for non-members 

Youth Pickleball – 3 hour learn to play pickleball followed by a round robin tournament.  12/27/23 – 12/27/23  $40 for members/ $80 for non-members 

SSYMCA has a monthly 70-and-over league that starts Friday and starts fresh each month.

SSYMCA also has a 3-week program for intermediate skills and drills in January – taught by Susan Comito starting Jan. 3.

The Clifton Park branch is planning some advanced novice programming in the future.

Xtreme Pickleball, Amsterdam

Xtreme Pickleball, an indoor pickleball facility with four courts in Amsterdam, offers free Learn 2 Play clinics which teach the basics of pickleball in a fun, group setting. Next sessions are Dec. 10 and Jan. 7 12 to 2 p.m. There is a 16 person limit on each clinic. Sign up on Team Reach with group code “xtremepickle” and click on Learn 2 Play on schedule to add your name.

Xtreme Pickleball is currently running a Beginner League on Thursday evenings (which is full) but are starting a beginners New Year’s League on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 5-7 pm for 8 weeks. Cost is $60 for members and $100 for non-members. Sign up at xtremepickle.com/new-years-league.

Xtreme Pickleball will also be hosting Up and Down the River Ladder Play Nights for beginners starting in January. 

True Pickleball, Latham

Thursday 6-8 p.m. Beginner-Intermediate Ladder League. $195. 8 weeks starting January 11th. Call (518) 776-1170.