pickleballHeld on September 20, 21, 2014 at Delaware State University Wellness Fitness Center, Dover, DE

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Second Annual Eastern Shore Pickleball Get Together Photos:

Dudley & Nancy

Several door prises were awarded. Pictured: Dudley Sluder, (event organizer), and Nancy Bradshaw.


People were really moving!


Fun for all ages!

Pickleball: DSO Sport Description and Rules

pickleballAn 11 point game, Pickleball combines elements of tennis, squash and ping pong.

The racquets resemble ping pong racquets but have larger heads and longer handles.

The outdoor ball resembles a whiffle ball, but is a little thicker/heavier, while indoor balls can be whiffle-like or even made of foam.

The court is the same size as a badminton court, but the net is at the level of a tennis net. View a Pickleball court and Rules.

Coordinator Information

Georgia & June

Co-Coordinators: Georgia Billger & June Fortney

I was first introduced to the game of pickleball while attending the Huntsman Volleyball Tournament in Utah. I willingly signed a petition to make pickleball a National Senior Olympics event. And then I forgot about it for five years.

I started playing at the YMCA in Rehoboth and then moved on to organizing our own program along with June Fortney calling ourselves Delmarva Dills.

Currently we play twice a week - Mondays at Shields Elementary and Tuesday nights at Rehoboth Elementary School. Once spring arrives and our "snowbirds" return fortified with new skills we will be playing 3 and then 5 days a week arranging different times of day for players who still work.

Our goal is to promote play throughout the state. Many of our players travel to Delaware Stare University to support Dana Aultman's program and to Ocean Pines in Maryland. There is also a group that plays in Middletown. We'd like to challenge "Upstate" to pick up the paddles and get started. You'll love the game.

To further promote pickleball I would like to organize "fun " tournaments like Dudley Sluder ran last fall. Partners were put together by picking names out of a hat. Special play dates for women's doubles, men's doubles and co-ed matches could be arranged between groups from different communities.

We want senior citizens to be made aware of the fun to be had, and the friends to be made. Come on out. Right now we are a small, but tight knit group.

- Georgia

Contact Information:

Georgia: 302-227-9210 Phone: Email: gojoe57@gmail.com

June: Phone: 863-512-0333, Email: jgfortney@msn.com

Training Opportunities:

Kent County

Dana's group is currently playing indoor Pickleball at the Milford Boys and Girls Club (M, W, F).

CONTACT INFO: Dana C. Aultman dana.aultman@comcast.net

Ocean Pines (Maryland Delaware Border)

All players interested in winter pickleball at Ocean Pines. Starting Monday 1/2 the play time will be 2:30 to 4:30. The Thursday. time will remain 10:00 til Noon. The Sunday time is to be determined. The new PH# for the rec center is 410-641-7052. This is the # for the front desk.

CONTACT INFO: Dudley Sluder snowbirds77@yahoo.com

Sussex County

An active Pickleball group plays several times a week at several venues.

CONTACT INFO: Georgia Billger at 302 -227-9210 or gojoe57@verizon.net, or June Fortney at 302-644-9693 or jgfortney@msn.com.


Indoor pickleball will be played and taught at the Mid-County Senior Center in Sherwood Park, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 every Friday from 1 to 2:30.

Outdoor pickleball practice to be held weekly on Tuesdays from 10 AM to Noon at Sherwood Park tennis court on Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808.

Wilmington PAL Center - Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 to 11:30.

CONTACT INFO: Peggy Olivero p.olivero@comcast.net or 302-388-2705.

Hockessin PAL every Monday and Wednesday evening 7-9pm through November. $5pp Drop-In fee Please bring your own racquet & balls… three courts available Starting December 2nd, Monday evenings 7-9pm & Wednesday mornings 10am-12Noon $5pp Drop In