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What is pickle-ball?

Pickle-ball is a paddle sport readily played by people of all ages and levels of athleticism.

It is a sport played both indoors and outdoors, on a modified tennis court, badmitton court or a court specifically built for pickle-ball. Players use a paddle made of light weight composite materials and a plastic ball (slightly smaller than a wiffle ball). Delcastle Tennis Center has plans to build pickle-ball specific courts, but at this time use modified tennis courts.

Pickle ball clinics and private lesson will be available beginning September 2019. The schedule will be posted soon.  Private owner and operator of DTC, Boubacar Toure, has proposed a plan to build four pickle ball courts in 2020. This plan has been accepted by New Castle County.

The Court

A pickle-ball court measures 20x44 feet. The net measures 34 inches in the middle and 36 inches on the ends. The court has right and left service courts, with a no-volley zone at the net, known as the "kitchen."


Tennis sneakers are a must. Tennis style clothing is common - but anything comfortable is appropriate.