Monday, January 18, 2016

Welcome to Pickleball at Jojoba Hills!

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the 55+ age group.  It is great fun, good exercise AND you don’t have to be 20 to play it well! The intent of this site is to encourage members, guests and visitors at Jojoba Hills SKP RV Resort to give it try and to help you learn more about this great sport. So let’s get you started! 

Shary, Buzz and Nancy enjoying the game - Photo by Don Schultz

We want to help introduce you to this fun game and incorporate you into our club.  We realize how intimidating it can be to just show up at our doubles daily drop in play from 8:00 - 10:00.  That is why we put together this website to provide information you can use to get started as well as to improve your game. We have several experienced players who are willing to work with beginners and show you how to use the Pickleball Tutor ball machine to enable you to practice.  Feel free to give any of them a call from any park phone or come to the courts about 10:00.  If you come down to the courts before 10:00 then head over to the patio seating area and put your paddle in the rack for Courts 1, 2 and 3.  Court 4 is for more competitive play so if you are already a skilled player then feel free to head down there and put your paddle in the rack.  You can believe us when we say we want you to join us in the fun!

If you have never played before: 
  • Call any of the following experienced players from any park phone to schedule a lesson (you can borrow one of our paddles). 
    • John Strother at 4511
    • Steve Bradford at 4527
    • Mary Bradford at 4527
    • Frank VanVlymen at 4676
    • Alex Spinos at 4205
  • To get the most from your first Beginning Pickleball lesson please take the time to read through the information on "Getting Ready to Play" and "Starting a Game".  Watching some of the short videos will help as well.  
  • It would also be helpful for you to begin to learn the "Basic Rules".
  • Finally please contact us at to get on our contact list so we can keep you informed.
  • You have a paddle (or you plan to borrow one of ours) 
  • You have some familiarity with the basic rules of the game 
Then check out “Getting Ready to Play

  • You know what the court looks like 
  • You know what the Non Volley Zone (AKA the “Kitchen”) is 
  • You know how to tell if the ball is "in" or "out"
  • You know where to stand 
  • You know what the ready position is 
  • You know how to keep score 
Then check out “Starting a game

  • You know how to serve the ball
  • You know how to return a serve 
  • You know how to practice these two shots
Then check out “Continuing to Play

  • You know about getting up to the Kitchen line
  • You know about drop shots
  • You know about dinking
  • You know who takes the middle
  • You know about poaching
Then check out "Where to Learn More"

We look forward to having you join us!

 Participants in the December 2015 Jojoba Hills Pickleball Tournament - Photo by Don Schultz


  1. Nice job Jean! Thanks for all your hard work on this!

    1. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you when you two return to the park.

  2. This is an excellent compilation of pickleball info! I will enjoy digesting it bit by bit but I have just read through the entire thing and watched a few of the videos. This will now be my go-to place for reInforcing what I am learning by reading and watching videos. I am familiar with all of these video sources and have marked a number of them in a YouTube play list but then get scattered and don't tend to use them. However, I love the way you have incorporated the links with your discussion of the various topics. I think this will help me focus and benefit from them. Thank you so much for the tremendous time and effort you have clearly put into this! We are currently visitors at Jojoba and love this place! I am still working on becoming a skilled player but I love pickleball and find it so enjoyable here! Everyone is so friendly and that is so much appreciated. Love the practice board and am excited to try out the tutor as well. It is all one big wow to me!! Thanks again for taking the time and effort to also provide this tremendous pickleball resource and to both you and John to everything you are doing to make this a great place to play pickleball.

    1. Cheryl,
      You are quite welcomed. We are so happy you are visiting our park and hope you continue to enjoy your stay. We are proud at what we have here. I am continually inspired by our members who are so generous with their time and talents.