When nets are installed at Harris Township Park at Elm Road, you alone can determine if it is acceptable to play, and how to play.
All are advised to be familiar with CDC recommendations, and guidance provided by respected sources including sport associations – for example, the USA Pickleball Association, which has among other things, suspended tournament play until at least mid-June.
It would be hard to imagine packed waiting areas, or frequent rotation of partners as had been the custom in prior years.
For basketball, five on five games are likely a thing of the past.
Know the risks; you own them.
Basketball and Pickleball nets are currently estimated to be installed no later than June 16th – weather permitting. It could happen earlier.
It is great you like to play. Play safe.
The Intro to Pickleball classes that were held each 1st and 3rd Monday are complete for 2019. Thanks to Almir and the Michiana Pickleball Association for teaching.
And a big thank you to TMPR Sports for providing a new set of loaner paddles for those classes!
This Wednesday (July 24) morning from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, two or more of the pickleball courts at Harris Township Park at Elm Road are reserved by the township. The final number is subject to attendance at the event – a clinic by a pickleball pro.
The public is invited to watch, free.
Pickleball continues to grow in popularity. Upcoming local events offer opportunities to learn more about the sport and observe top caliber players in action.
Michiana Midwest Classic at Notre Dame
For the second year in a row there will be a competitive pickleball tournament with a national draw of over 200 participants including those ranked 5.0, the highest available from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). The event is free and open to the public at the Compton Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th.
The tournament is coordinated by the Michiana Pickleball Association. Inquiries may be directed to http://michianapickleballclub.org or Nick Falletta, President at 574-344-9393.
Clinic by Pickleball pro Laura Fenton Kovanda
This recognized expert will teach techniques on Wednesday July 24 (9 am to noon) at Harris Township’s pickleball courts on Elm Road, between the Harris branch library and fire station. Participating in the clinic requires a fee, but watching from the sidelines is free and open to the public. Contact the Michiana Pickleball Association for more information.
Introduction to Pickleball lessons
One hour sessions are held at 6pm on the first and third Mondays of each month into September, at the same Harris Township Park at Elm Road courts. Instructors are volunteers from the Michiana Pickleball Association. Wear court-friendly shoes. There is no charge. Loaner paddles are provided. Subject to weather and schedule changes.
Paddles may be checked out of the Harris branch library
Interested in learning on your own, before investing in paddles? Paddles and balls are available for check-out from the Harris branch library. This is an ongoing program.
[Laura Fenton Kovanda and Nick Falletta are available to speak with representatives of the media]
Kenneth E. (Ken) Lindsay
Harris Township Trustee
First and third Mondays of the month starting May 6, likely continuing until July.
If you left paddles at Elm Road, please contact the township to claim them.
If you accidently walked off with one or more paddles used during a Beginner Monday session, please return to the township. No hard feelings, we just need it in order to offer any future classes. Look for a PROPERTY OF HARRIS TOWNSHIP asset tag.
Reminder: Paddles and balls are available for check-out from the Harris Branch Library just north of the park.
Introduction to Pickleball is back! Select Mondays from April into July. 5:30 to 7 pm at Harris Township’s Elm Road courts, between the Harris branch library and fire station. No experience or paddles necessary. Wear court shoes. Weather permitting.
4/16, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16 — subject to change
Special thanks to Almir for his efforts last year and this year, and to the local Michiana Pickleball Association for joining the effort this year. You can find them on Facebook, or contact them at MichianaPickleball@gmail.com
All play is at your own risk, and children at the park must be attended.
If you’re itching to play pickleball but don’t have a paddle, the Harris branch library near the Elm Road courts has them to lend.
No paddles required for the Introduction to Pickleball class, Mondays in May, 5:30 – 7pm, weather permitting. Paddles are provided for use during the class.
When you’re ready to buy a paddle, consider a product from Niles-based PaddleTech. They support local efforts to encourage learning and play, including for the class!
Intro to pickleball Mondays in April 5:30pm Elm Road, between library and fire station. No experience or paddles necessary. Weather permitting.