Yonah Mountain Pickleball

Upcoming Events

White County Parks &

Rec - 327 Asbestos Rd.

Cleveland, GA 30528


3 indoor courts in gym

and 6 outdoor dedicated 

courts.  Click on link 

labeled "SCHEDULE".  

Please look there each 

month as our hours 

sometimes change,

especially indoor courts 

during basketball season

Nov through Feb.



Upcoming Tournaments


Go to Yonah Mtn Pickleball

Facebook page to see pictures

of our Yonah Mtn pickleball

Club players in past tourneys. 

Click on the TOURNAMENTS 

Link on top of this page to see 

Up-coming 2017 tourneys,

including the two we will run

in Cleveland May 5th to 7th

and Nov 3rd to 5th.










pickleball court layout




  • What is Pickleball?

    Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America, as well as many other countries throughout the world. EVERYBODY wants to know how the sport got its name. It's okay to refer to it as the sport with a funny name, or "sour" name, or it's a big "dill", or do you "relish" the game? We're used to it. It is a funny name. Long story short, it started in 1965 in the state of Washington, and was named after the inventor's dog, Pickles, who kept chasing the ball.


    We started Pickleball in White County in July, 2015. It has literally changed a lot of people's lives. No kidding. It is so much fun it's addictive! It is great exercise, a good cardio workout as well as excellent for your reflexes and mental focus. But you are having so much fun you don't even think of it as "exercise". A lot of folks describe it as a big adrenalin rush. You hear lots of laughter on the Pickleball courts all the time. Most pickleball players also say what draws them to the sport is how social it is. It's a real fun way to meet people. You really just have to walk through a few games and a majority of the rules make since quickly. As long as you have decent eye/hand coordination and some mobility, a complete beginner can be playing a game within 30 minutes. From that point, it just depends upon how much time you have to play and practice. It's like any other sport in the sense that the more you play, the better you become, and healthier as well. But if you don't want to get real serious, take lessons, go to clinics, and participate in tournaments, a ton of Pickleball players are just in it for the fun, exercise, and the social aspects of the game. There's plenty of room for everyone of all talent levels, age levels, and a great game for the entire family.


    Briefly - the sport is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong (a/k/a table tennis). A lot of players describe it by saying it's like playing ping pong on a big court. It's a paddle sport (like ping pong), not a "strung" racket sport like tennis and badminton. It's played indoor or outdoor on a court the size of a badminton court, with a net 2 inches shorter in the center than a tennis net, a paddle a lot like a ping pong paddle, and a hard whiffle-type ball. You can only do an underhanded serve, although certain side-arm serves are legal as long as you make contact with the ball below the waist. Another unique feature of the sport is a 7-foot section on each side at the net where you cannot hit the ball in the air (that's called a volley); so that section is called the non-volley zone a/k/a "nvz". Some people refer to the nvz as "the kitchen area", as in "stay out of the kitchen!" You can only step in that section and hit the ball if it has bounced first. You cannot be in that area and hit the ball in the air. This keeps the game from being overly aggressive and makes the rallies last longer. However, the more advanced you become, Pickleball can definitely be aggressively competitive in a fun way, believe me! You can only score if your team is serving. One game goes to eleven points, win by two, although you can play other variations of scoring. An average games lasts 10 to 12 minutes. There are no matches, per se, but if playing in a competitive situation to declare overall "winners", most organization's coordinate round robins or double elimination brackets.


    90%+/- of pickleball players only play doubles, but that will change as the average age of a pickleball player keeps getting younger and younger. The size of a pickleball court is only 44' long by 20' wide (less than half the size of the 78' long by 36' wide tennis court; actually it's 1/3 the total square footage). But you need 60 to 64' in total length to allow 8 to 10 feet of space behind the serving line, while a tennis court requires 15 to 20 feet behind the service line. So size wise, you can build 3 to 4 Pickleball courts on a piece of real estate you could only build one tennis court. You can easily get 3 pickleball courts on a standard basketball gym floor without interfering with basketball lines. Dedicated outside pickleball courts have permanent poles and nets, while indoor and outdoor multiple-use courts usually use easily assembled and dis-assembled temporary pickleball nets.


    Our national organization is the USA Pickleball Association ("USAPA") headquartered in Arizona. It's website is www.usapa.org. There is also an International governing body, the IFP, including an IFP rulebook. I am so impressed with how organized the governing bodies are and how they consistently focus on keeping the game and its rules simple, fun, social, and ethical. The sport is promoted through volunteer Ambassadors, most of whom regularly teach Beginner and Intermediate clinics for free and organize social round robins and/or double-elimination tournaments frequently. There are over 1,800 Pickleball Ambassadors in the world today, with 1,400+ in the USA, and growing every day. We are all total volunteers and do it for the love of the game.s


    Search the word "Pickleball" on the Internet and see many helpful resources and literally 100's and 100's of YouTube videos, some better than others. Other helpful websites: PickleballChannel.com; PicklePongDeb.com; AllAboutPickleball.com; and of course USAPA.org


    Help us dispel the myth that it is just an "old person's sport"! Millions of baby boomers retiring over the last 10 to 15 years in their late 50's and 60's are focusing on getting or staying healthy. That is part of the reason the sport has boomed since our knees, hips, and shoulders won't let a lot of us play tennis, golf, ride bikes, hike steep hills, or run like we used to. But it's being taught in elementary through high schools and colleges all over the nation now. The national championship winners are getting younger and younger all the time. Naples, Fla. hosted the first ever U.S. Open Pickleball International Championship in late April, 2016, with over 800 players from 12 countries who participated in over 2,000 games over a 5-day period. The April 30th final games of that championship tournament were televised on CBS Sports. The winners were paid. It is now technically considered to be a pro sport!


    If you are interested in learning/playing pickleball in White County, GA contact Laurie Lee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call the White County Parks & Rec Department's gym in Cleveland - 706-865-5275. If enough people express an interest in learning, we can schedule another Beginners Clinic soon, but we do dedicate one court 6 hours per week to work with beginners as well.


  • The sport of pickleball has been around since 1965
  • It remained a well kept secret until 2008 when the game hit the
    senior market
  • Today it is estimated that over
    2 million people play the game
  • It is estimated by 2018 there will
    be over 8 million players
  • 68% of all players are over
    60 years old
  • Younger people are being introduced
    to the game in record numbers
  • 53% are male and 47% female
  • Places to play are up 62%
    since 2010
  • USAPA membership is up 64%
    since 2010
  • Played in Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, India, England,Australia, China, Spain, France, Singapore, Aruba, Czech Republic and United Kingdom
  • The first ever US Open International Pickleball Competition was held in Naples, Fla in late April, 2016 and drew over 800 players from 8 countries.