Pickleball

This is the landing page for Intramural Pickleball at UNMC.

For information on the Fall Outdoor Pickleball, Fall Indoor Pickleball, Spring Pickleball, or Summer Pickleball leagues or to sign up, select from the following links:

Fall Outdoor Pickleball
Fall Indoor Pickleball
Spring Pickleball
Summer Pickleball

About Pickleball


A blend of Tennis/Badminton/Ping Pong, Pickleball is the best sport you've never played. Pickleball matches are contested by teams of 2 players using a paddle and a lightweight, perforated, plastic ball (similar to a wiffle ball) on a badminton court. Pickleball is easy for beginners to learn, with many first-time players discovering they are naturals. Yet, with it's high ceiling for mastery, Pickleball matches can quickly become fast-paced and competitive allowing more experienced players ample challenge.

League Play
The season will be composed of round-robin play followed by a post-season playoff tournament. The winner of the playoff tournament will be awarded the Intramural Championship T-Shirt. 

Fall (Indoor) & Spring -- Intramural Pickleball is played at the UNMC Center for Healthy Living (CFHL) gymnasium. Access to the gym is granted to league participants even without a membership.

Summer & Fall (Outdoor) -- Outdoor Intramural Pickleball is played at the UNMC Ice Rink. From May - October, the UNMC Ice Rink will be lined with 2 regulation Pickleball courts. Portable nets will be set up on select weekdays for general campus use and for exclusive use by Pickleball leagues during scheduled matches. 

Equipment
Equipment will be provided by the Center for Healthy Living, although participants are welcome to use their own equipment if they would like. 


Competitive Divisions


Competition in many of the leagues is offered at two separate levels in order to accommodate players of all skill levels. That means that one team will only play other teams who elect to play in the same division. The divisions are described below

Elite (Division 1) - The Elite division is the most competitive division for intramural leagues at UNMC. Participants in this division generally have a wealth of experience in the sport they play and are looking to play other highly experienced players.

Intermediate (Division 2) - The Intermediate division is new for 2020! As the name suggests, the level of competition falls between the Elite and Recreational divisions. The Intermediate division is ideal for participants who aren't experts at their sport but desire a quicker, more competitive pace than the Recreational division.

Recreational (Division 3) - The Recreational division is the most casual level of intramural leagues at UNMC. Teams in the Recreational division are generally composed of participants who are new to the sport and/or primarily interested in playing for fun/leisure.


Never Played? No Problem!


Players of all skill levels are welcome. Each season sees its share of beginners with little or no prior experience. The video below gives a brief overview of the essential rules of the game.

 

 


How do I sign up?


Captains must 1) create a team through EZLeagues2) instruct their teammates to register with that team in EZLeagues, and 3) pay the registration fee at the front desk of the Center for Healthy Living by the registration deadline.

Individuals without a team must sign up through EZLeagues. Once registered, an individual may a) choose to be added to team in need of players OR b) form a new team with other individuals unattached to a team.  


If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please contact the Campus Recreation Coordinator (alec.carstens@unmc.edu) or the Center for Healthy Living front desk at 402-559-5254.


Who may sign up?


Registration for Intramural Pickleball is open to UNMC/Nebraska Medicine staff, faculty, students volunteers, retirees, and the spouse/parents/children (aged 16 or older) of someone who belongs to any of the previously mentioned groups.

In addition, individuals who don't belong to any of the previously mentioned groups may participate. The number of non-UNMC/Nebraska Medicine individuals allowed on a team is subject to sport-specific limitations.

In this case, Pickleball teams must always have one UNMC/Nebraska Medicine individual (although that person may have more than 1 non-UNMC/Nebraska Medicine individual as a partner).


League Registration:


All league participants must register through EZLeagues.

Participants will not be asked to create an account or password. Simply fill out the relevant information and click submit.

All teams must must pay the registration fee at the front desk of the Center for Healthy Living for their registration to be considered complete! 


Registration Fees:


The registration fee covers all costs associated with the league, including facility access for league participants and spectators for the purposes of scheduled league games. Participants do not need to have a membership to the Center for Healthy Living in order to participate in intramural leagues. 

The registration fee must be paid in full at the front desk of the Center for Healthy Living (CFHL) by the registration deadline. Any team that has not paid the registration fee in full by the registration deadline will be responsible for paying a $15 late fee added to the league registration fee. 


Refunds:


Refunds for Intramural Leagues are available up to seven (7) calendar days before the first scheduled date of play. No refunds will be given after that point.


If you encounter any issues, please direct your questions to the Campus Recreation Coordinator (alec.carstens@unmc.edu), the Assistant Recreation Coordinator (john.glissmann@unmc.edu) or to the Center for Healthy Living front desk (402-559-5254).