Learn to Play

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America because the rules are simple and the learning curve is short. What keeps people playing is that the game can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

How to Start?

  1. Watch some online videos that explain the rules and how to score (see below);
  2. Grab some court shoes and a paddle; and
  3. Start playing!

Pickleball Players are a friendly group. Beginners are included in many places, including Murdo Frazer, Little Cates and Normanby courts most mornings.

Paddles come in a variety of sizes, grip lengths, weights and materials. You won’t be a beginner for very long, so we suggest you consider a higher-quality used paddle that may cost the same as a new lower-quality paddle. For more thoughts on your first paddle from the pros, Watch This.

Check our News and Events page for dates and venues of free club clinics/intro events, about once a month.


NVRC and West Vancouver Recreation are offer lessons. Check their websites for details or phone:

  • John Braithwaite Community Centre – (604) 983-6471
  • Parkgate Community Recreation Centre – (604) 983-6350
  • Gleneagles Community Centre – (604) 921-2100
  • Delbrook Community Centre – (604) 987-7529

NSPC put out a call for instructors and these names were forwarded. Please make your own inquiries about qualifications.

Helpful Videos:

Pickleball Rules: The Definitive Beginner’s Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTvPYdKZqO0

How to Keep Score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoheCHp6IDw

More Resources:

Click here to see the official Rule Book from Pickleball Canada.

Click here to learn about NSPC court etiquette.