The Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill
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Pickleball is one of the hottest games around today! It is played on a smaller court with an oversized paddle and a whiffle ball.  The game is easy to pick up, fun to play, very social, and a great way to get exercise!
Players at the club have access for up to 8 pickleball courts. There is new LED lighthing, it’s roomy, and there is netting between courts.
TFCRH has a $49 pickleball membership and with that membership you can play for $6 per day. If you are a non-member , the fee is $9 per day. Drop in play is welcome so if you want to give pickleball a try, come out to the club and join the fun!

5 Ways Pickleball Improves Your Life

By Kia Zarezadeh


1. Lower Blood Pressure

Moving your legs and swinging at the ball raises your heart rate, creating a cardiovascular workout that strengthens your heart.

When your heart is strong, it doesn’t need to work as hard to pump blood through your arteries. And that lowers your blood pressure.

Lower blood pressure means less risk of heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure and stroke. Who knew playing a game could save your life?

2. Burn Body Fat

A casual game of pickleball can burn 250 calories in 30 minutes if you weigh 150 pounds. An intense game burns 360 calories in the same amount of time.

What does that mean? Well, a pound of fat is 3,600 calories. So 14 games of pickleball while maintaining your current diet would cut a pound of fat from your body.

Plus, the muscle you build takes more calories to maintain when you’re at rest. And that means more calories burned when you’re off the court.

3. Improve Balance

Navigating the pickleball court to intercept shots and deliver winning volleys takes diverse movement.

In many activities, such as running and walking, you only move forward. But pickleball players move forward, backward and laterally. Shifting your weight in so many directions trains your body to have better balance. Plus, using your arms and legs together boost your coordination, which is another major factor in avoiding falls.

4. Shorten Reaction Time

Whether you’re driving, cycling or just going for a stroll, the time you take to react to surprises can mean the difference between injury and safety.

Pickleball trains your mind and body to react: “Which way is the ball going? How fast is it going? Where is it? How can I get there?”

The more you play, the quicker you can react. And pickleball drills designed to improve your on-court performance can help with everyday life.

5. Make Friends

Pickleball is a social sport, and most players are older adults. That means each game is a chance to make new friends or bond more closely with old ones.

Those friends can motivate you to play when you’re feeling a little lazy, and the game can serve as a great pre-lunch activity or after-work entertainment.

Open play (no instruction/no beginners)
Mondays, Wednesday,  10:30am – 12:30pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

~Lessons for beginners Fridays 11:00am – 1:00pm as well as open play courts.
~1st Wednesday of every month: 5:30 – 7 pm Pickleball Clinic/Coaching with Margo
                                                  (see attached document)
1st Wednesday of every month: 6:30 – 8 pm Pickleball Clinic/Coaching with Margo
                                                  (see attached document)
Pickleball clinic/coaching by sign up with Margo

by Margo Chase-Wells

CT Pickleball ambassador     4.5 rated player
Nationally ranked #4 in doubles, #5 in singles

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First Wednesdays of the month 5:30 – 7
Beginning October
Rocky Hill Tennis Club 1000 Elm St.

Sign up required
        or call/text at 860-301-2403
MAXIMUM  12 PLAYERS       $15

  • Deep groundstrokes / return of serve placement
  • Backhand practice
  • Dink practice and placement
  • Incorporating “third-shot-soft” into your game
  • Service depth and variety
  • The use of the lob / topspin lob
  • How to handle a “banger”
  • Court positioning in doubles
  • Body position and footwork
  • Removing the pace off a ball / “resetting” to the dink game
  • Overheads
  • How to prepare for a tournament

These clinics are generally geared to the competitive player, but if I get enough recreational club players I can dedicate 1 court to them.
When you sign up, please specify whether you are a competitive tournament-bound player, or club level player.