Please review the information below, and also check the Play Schedules page for designated play hours.
- Challenge (Drop-In) Play – If court is occupied, next 2 (paddles on fence) may “challenge in.” Challenge should be acknowledged. There is a 3 game maximum; must rotate out (4 new players in).
- Open Play – Time period for “non-structured” play. Players may stay on court for time period listed (allows for families/friends to play together for duration listed).
- Skill Level Play – Only the skill levels listed may play on the courts for designated period following Challenge (Drop-In) rules. Beginners/notices may play on developing player courts.
- Ladies Play – Ladies on designated courts/times.
- Social Play – For developing players or those who are learning or looking for a safe court to play.
- Any court not being used for it’s designated use becomes a “Challenge (Drop-In)” court.
- During peak play times, host may signal 4-on/4-off if courts become congested.
- Proper attire required at all times, no offensive language or inappropriate behavior.
How to Play at Prescott Public Courts
- Challenge (Drop-In) Play (described above) is every day, unless other events are scheduled (see Calendar). Events may include FREE LESSONS, TOURNAMENTS, OR CLINICS.
- If court demand is low during Challenge (Drop-In) Play (there are open courts), simply find 2 more players and enjoy. If courts are FULL (high demand period), place paddle(s) on the fence (of a similarly skill level court) and “challenge in.”
- Winners may stay for a maximum of 3 games, then rotate out.
- Losers depart, next challengers play.
- Host may designate courts by skill level as an aid to players.
- If more than 4 paddles are on a court’s fence (extremely high demand, waiting to play), your host may “blow the whistle” announcing 4-on/4-off (during any time of day). Once this has been announced, ALL 4 PLAYERS must leave the court after their game has ended, and the next 4 players take the court. Play under 4-on/4-off rules will continue until court demand drops or host signals Challenge (Drop-In)-Play rules are in effect.
- If you would like to play privately with the same group, please select an Open Play time.
- Please observe Skill Level Play signs, if displayed on courts. Players may play UP 1/2 level (i.e 3.5 to 4.0). Courts displaying a skill level without enough players at that skill level may invite in other skill levels (up or down).
- A court displaying a skill level with no players (empty) becomes a Challenge (Drop-In) Play court for any sill level until such time as the host removes the skill level sign, or additional players within the posted skill level request to play.
- The practice board on Social/Open Court 4 is available for use if no one is playing on that court and no one is waiting for a court. If you are there to play on one of the two Social/Open courts, please use Court 3 first if both are available.
Questions or comments, please contact the on-site host (badge displayed on sign board at the courts).
City of Prescott Recreation Services Rules
Please adhere to the following:
- Report damage or unsafe conditions to Recreation Services Office.
- Please wear non-marking athletic shoes.
- Pets are not permitted on the courts at any time.
- Any object that may cause injury to a player or damage the courts is prohibited.
- If the court is occupied with players, do not enter the court while play is in progress.
- If a ball is hit into your court, call “BALL IN COURT” and stop play. If necessary, replay the point.
- During Open Play time, if players are waiting, please limit time to 1 hour.
- Please demonstrate good sportsmanship. Foul or derogatory language is not acceptable.
- Items found unattended should be taken to the Recreation Services Office.
- Courts are for pickleball play only.
- Schedule or programs, lessons or other scheduled play must be approved in advanced by the City of Prescott.
- Schedule can be found at the bulletin board.
- If members of the Prescott Pickleball Association are present, paddles and balls will be made available to visitors.
- Users of this facility assume the risk of injury.
Lost and Found
Recreation Services Office
Grace M. Sparkes Memorial Activity Center (Old Armory Building)
824 E Gurley Street, Prescott AZ 86301
The courts are public. Professional pickleball instructors cannot charge for lessons without contacting the City of Prescott to pay a users fee and provide proof of insurance. The lessons provided by PPA for PPA members are a benefit of membership and are offered under the PPA insurance.