SPORTIME Schenectady unveils pickleball membership and programs

The club released an extensive menu of pickleball clinics, leagues and open play, including nighttime and weekend play

SPORTIME Schenectady’s five indoor, dedicated pickleball courts are slated to open Sept. 25, 2023. The club released a large slate of pickleball programs ranging from open plays to beginner clinics and advanced leagues. They also offer skill-specific classes like how to hit with your backhand and a “Topspin / Speed Up & Attack Clinic.”

Click here to view Sportime’s schedule of Fall/Winter 2023-2024 pickleball clinics, leagues and open play

SPORTIME hopes to become the region’s leader in pickleball instruction with programs that introduce beginners to the game and provide pathways for advancement.

Sarah Sharpe, Sportime’s general manager, said the club’s pickleball programs will be “a launch pad for people who want to learn and then have avenues to go from there.”

SPORTIME is using the same philosophy that drives its tennis education programs by providing players with sequences of classes that advance their pickleball game.

Four of Sportime’s staff underwent training to become IPTPA-certified pickleball instructors.

Receive information on the best clinics and programs for you by filling out Sportime’s player profile profile form.

Sportime’s parent company has 60 pickleball courts across its 17 clubs and will add another 40 courts by next fall. To help build Schenectady’s pickleball offerings, Sharpe looked at what was gaining traction and popularity at the company’s Port Washington and King’s Park clubs.

Sharpe also incorporated local player’s feedback. One plea she heard often was from working people dying to play at night and on weekends. Sportime answered. The pickleball schedule offers nighttime and weekend clinics, leagues and open plays.

Almost all of Sportime’s offerings will be available to non-members. The club’s pickleball membership will cost $20 per month and provides:

  • 7-day advanced court-time reservation
  • Member rates on clinics, lessons, open play sessions and events.
  • Free monthly clinics and court-time
  • Reciprocity at all SPORTIME clubs offering pickleball

Click here to view Sportime’s 2023-2024 season pickleball drop-in rates, court rental fees and membership rates

Sportime’s five courts will all be enclosed by fencing. One stadium-sized court will have space for bleachers and vendor tables for tournaments.

Sportime is also rolling out an app so both members and non-members can sign up for programs and check-in to the facility quickly.

During the second phase of construction at Sportime, the LED lighting will be reconfigured to better illuminate the pickleball courts and work will be completed on a pro shop for both pickleball and tennis, lobby, lounge and locker rooms.

For pickleball inquiries, registration and enrollment assistance, email pickleball coordinator, Mike Amico, at mamico@sportimeny.com or call the club at 518-356-0100.

This link will bring you to the most up to date schedule and pickleball court rates: https://www.sportimeny.com/Schenectady/Forms