The Palatine Pickleball Club was established in 2015. Now, nine years later, more than 3,700
enthusiasts have chosen to become “Palatine Picklers.” They receive informative and photo-filled, monthly
newsletters, can purchase a variety of T-shirts and caps bearing the club logo, and can participate in events
such as ladders, King/Queen of the Court tournaments, Family Fun Tournament for non-spousal relatives of
Members, untall ladies tournaments, widows tournaments, treetoppers tournaments for men 6’ plus, a
variety of age group tournaments, lefties tournaments, bionic tournaments for those with a new knee,
shoulder, or hip, Halloween costume tournaments, ugly holiday sweater tournaments, Petite Picklers
tournaments, Heavy Hitters for guys 210+, etc. We also have occasional social events.
Extremely popular is our mentoring program with four, free
sessions each week during the outdoor season. We serve 100-150 newer Palatine Picklers each
year. We also have social events, bi-weekly intermediate level intramurals year round, charity
events, a Facebook presence, and more. We also promote regional tournaments run by members of our club.
We are an extremely welcoming and nurturing club. Regardless of experience, age, or ability,
you’ll love being a Palatine Pickler. While at least 80% of our members are at least 50, we
have some as young as 10.
Many of our members come from more than 20 miles away to play with us,
passing other playing options along the way. One reason is we have equitable playing
time for all, and, when numbers justify, we separate competitive and rec players. A Pickler can
rack up to play in either. If they win three in a row in rec, or lose three in a row in competitive,
they then rack up with the other group. For outdoor play get your name upside down on both
sides of your paddle where the handle meets the blade. For indoor play get your name on the
very top of your paddle. will work in the respective
Though not an affiliate of the Palatine Park District, we do work with them to best reach our
mutual goals. They provide all the indoor and outdoor courts on which we regularly play. In
June of 2019, we had our Grand Opening of the six Hamilton, outdoor courts with lights until
10:00 p.m. These may be the most beautiful courts in the suburbs. With two cages of three
courts, we let players decide where to start. If they lose three games in a row in the competitive cage or win
three in a row in the rec cage, we ask they go paddle up in the other cage – at least until they should come
If you have yet to try the country’s fastest-growing sport, Palatine is a great place to get
started. Let me know you’re coming, and I’ll make sure there’s an extra paddle for you. You
can reach me by clicking the “Contact Us” tab or emailing me at PalatinePicklers@gmail.com.
Pickleball is the easiest paddle or racket sport to learn, but it’s usually described as the most
complex and most addicting. Hope you join us, and thanks for visiting our website.
Founder & President
R Barry Shatwell (Bear)
Palatine Pickleball Club
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