Racket and Paddle Sports
Racket and paddle sports are games in which players use rackets or paddle to hit a ball or other object over a net.
Rockville Recreation and Parks offers both pickleball and tennis classes. As a result, some courts are reserved for class use and are closed to the public. You can see when courts are closed due to classes by viewing the court schedules page.
Our community centers offer open gym schedules featuring pickleball and many other sports. A center membership or a day pass is required.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and Rockville has tennis courts with pickleball lines, as well as drop-in play at its community centers, classes and leagues.
Pickleball is a paddle sport that is a cross between Tennis, Badminton and Ping-Pong. Pickleball players use an oversize paddle to hit a wiffleball across a badminton-sized court in singles or doubles play.
To learn more about your level of play visit: Player Skill Ratings - usapickleball.org
Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Players use a tennis racket to strike a tennis ball into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuverer the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will. To learn more about your level of play visit: Player Skill Ratings - National Tennis Rating Program
Adult Pickleball Traditional Leagues
Doubles Team Pickle Ball League. Can be Men’s, Women’s or Coed teams. All teams play together. Three Divisions (self-rated): Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced. Each game will be best 2 out of 3 and last approximately one hour. Games are played between 6-9 p.m. at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park.
Adult Pickleball Ladder League
In this new coed pickleball league you will have the opportunity to test your skills against players with the same skill levels. Each week, players will be placed in groups of four in order of your ranking on the ladder for match play. The USAPA numeric rating system will be used to rank your skill level (https://www.usapa.org/player-skill-rating-definitions/). All players will play three doubles games in a round-robin fashion with the other three players of the foursome. Games are played between the hours of 6-9 p.m. at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park. Players must be 18 years or older.
Pickleball Social Play
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 10 a.m.-noon.
Interested in trying out pickleball? Come to our pickleball socials and learn how to play the game in a supportive and friendly social setting. We rotate through players so everyone has a chance to play.
Want to learn tennis with your child? This class teaches tennis fundamentals to both adult and child at the same time. Great family activity. Price includes parent and one child: register child only. Adults should bring a racket. All other equipment is provided. For children 6-10 years of age.
Tennis – Net Generation I
Enjoy tennis in a fun environment using smaller-sized rackets and softer balls on a smaller court. Learn grip, basic strokes and a variety of tennis-related games. Bring a water bottle and a racket, if you own one, otherwise a junior racket will be provided. For children 5-7 years of age.
Tennis – Net Generation II
Learn and improve ground strokes and techniques as you meet other players in a fun setting. Rally skills and court coverage will be included and learning how to play games, based on skill development. Bring a water bottle and a racket if you own one, otherwise a junior racket will be provided. For children 8-10 years of age.
Tennis Skills and Drills I
Develop and improve fundamental skills, including use of proper grip, racket preparation and swing path. Participate in a variety of fun tennis drills and games that will keep you moving. Bring a racket and water bottle. For youth 9-12 years of age.
Tennis Skills and Drills II
Focus on practicing and improving strokes, and rally skills. Learn scoring for singles and doubles, based on skill development. Bring a racket and water bottle. For youth/teens 12-15 years of age.
Tennis for Adults/Teens
Learn and enjoy the sport of tennis through instruction, drills and game play situations. Ground strokes, serves, volleys, and strategies will be covered based on skill levels. Register for the appropriate level. Please note your level may be changed at the discretion of the instructor. Bring a tennis racket. For players 16 years and older.