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.
Monday, April 3rd at 5:30 pm at the new park on Elm Road, between the library and fire station. No experience necessary. An instructor will introduce the sport, then facilitate practice play. Loaner paddles and balls will be provided – courtesy of Niles’ own Paddletek (thanks!). Please wear non-marking shoes. No charge. Weather permitting. Approximately 90 minutes, that is until 7 pm.
This is the first class opportunity; there may be more.