Yonah Mountain Pickleball

Upcoming Events

White County Parks &
Rec - 327 Asbestos Rd.
Cleveland, GA 30528

3 indoor courts in gym
and 6 outdoor dedicated
courts.  Click on link
labeled "SCHEDULE".  
Please look there each
month as our hours
sometimes change,
especially indoor courts
during basketball season
Nov through Feb.



Upcoming Tournaments

Go to Yonah Mtn Pickleball
Facebook page to see pictures
of our Yonah Mtn pickleball
Club players in past tourneys. 


Click on the TOURNAMENTS
Link on top of this page to see

up-coming 2018 tourneys.


STUFF?  Get yourself a nice
discount and help out our
Club at the same time by
ordering from 
and using the discount
code CRYonah as you
check out.  That stands for
"Club Rewards Yonah"
which is our club! THANKS!


2018 Sponsor

Names will

soon be listed














pickleball court layout




  • 2018 Tourney Dates in Cleveland, Ga:
  • May 4th - 6th (register on www.pickleballtournaments.com)
  • June 9th - 1/2 day fun, social tourney.  Register by emailing Laurie Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • September 1st - 1/2 day fun, social tourney.  Register by emailing Laurie Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nov 2nd - 4th - register on www.pickleballtournaments.com
  • See more details on above "Tournaments" link
  • What is Pickleball?

    Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America, as well as many other countries throughout the world. EVERYBODY wants to know how the sport got its name. It's okay to refer to it as the sport with a funny name, or "sour" name, or it's a big "dill", or do you "relish" the game? We're used to it. It is a funny name. Long story short, it started in 1965 in the state of Washington, and was named after the inventor's dog, Pickles, who kept chasing the ball.


    We started Pickleball in White County in July, 2015. It has literally changed a lot of people's lives. No kidding. It is so much fun it's addictive! It is great exercise, a good cardio workout as well as excellent for your reflexes and mental focus. But you are having so much fun you don't even think of it as "exercise". A lot of folks describe it as a big adrenalin rush. You hear lots of laughter on the Pickleball courts all the time. Most pickleball players also say what draws them to the sport is how social it is. It's a real fun way to meet people. You really just have to walk through a few games and a majority of the rules make since quickly. As long as you have decent eye/hand coordination and some mobility, a complete beginner can be playing a game within 30 minutes. From that point, it just depends upon how much time you have to play and practice. It's like any other sport in the sense that the more you play, the better you become, and healthier as well. But if you don't want to get real serious, take lessons, go to clinics, and participate in tournaments, a ton of Pickleball players are just in it for the fun, exercise, and the social aspects of the game. There's plenty of room for everyone of all talent levels, age levels, and a great game for the entire family.


    Briefly - the sport is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong (a/k/a table tennis). A lot of players describe it by saying it's like playing ping pong on a big court. It's a paddle sport (like ping pong), not a "strung" racket sport like tennis and badminton. It's played indoor or outdoor on a court the size of a badminton court, with a net 2 inches shorter in the center than a tennis net, a paddle a lot like a ping pong paddle, and a hard whiffle-type ball. You can only do an underhanded serve, although certain side-arm serves are legal as long as you make contact with the ball below the waist. Another unique feature of the sport is a 7-foot section on each side at the net where you cannot hit the ball in the air (that's called a volley); so that section is called the non-volley zone a/k/a "nvz". Some people refer to the nvz as "the kitchen area", as in "stay out of the kitchen!" You can only step in that section and hit the ball if it has bounced first. You cannot be in that area and hit the ball in the air. This keeps the game from being overly aggressive and makes the rallies last longer. However, the more advanced you become, Pickleball can definitely be aggressively competitive in a fun way, believe me! You can only score if your team is serving. One game goes to eleven points, win by two, although you can play other variations of scoring. An average games lasts 10 to 12 minutes. There are no matches, per se, but if playing in a competitive situation to declare overall "winners", most organization's coordinate round robins or double elimination brackets.


    90%+/- of pickleball players only play doubles, but that will change as the average age of a pickleball player keeps getting younger and younger. The size of a pickleball court is only 44' long by 20' wide (less than half the size of the 78' long by 36' wide tennis court; actually it's 1/3 the total square footage). But you need 60 to 64' in total length to allow 8 to 10 feet of space behind the serving line, while a tennis court requires 15 to 20 feet behind the service line. So size wise, you can build 3 to 4 Pickleball courts on a piece of real estate you could only build one tennis court. You can easily get 3 pickleball courts on a standard basketball gym floor without interfering with basketball lines. Dedicated outside pickleball courts have permanent poles and nets, while indoor and outdoor multiple-use courts usually use easily assembled and dis-assembled temporary pickleball nets.


    Our national organization is the USA Pickleball Association ("USAPA") headquartered in Arizona. It's website is www.usapa.org. There is also an International governing body, the IFP, including an IFP rulebook. I am so impressed with how organized the governing bodies are and how they consistently focus on keeping the game and its rules simple, fun, social, and ethical. The sport is promoted through volunteer Ambassadors, most of whom regularly teach Beginner and Intermediate clinics for free and organize social round robins and/or double-elimination tournaments frequently. There are over 1,800 Pickleball Ambassadors in the world today, with 1,400+ in the USA, and growing every day. We are all total volunteers and do it for the love of the game.s


    Search the word "Pickleball" on the Internet and see many helpful resources and literally 100's and 100's of YouTube videos, some better than others. Other helpful websites: PickleballChannel.com; PicklePongDeb.com; AllAboutPickleball.com; and of course USAPA.org


    Help us dispel the myth that it is just an "old person's sport"! Millions of baby boomers retiring over the last 10 to 15 years in their late 50's and 60's are focusing on getting or staying healthy. That is part of the reason the sport has boomed since our knees, hips, and shoulders won't let a lot of us play tennis, golf, ride bikes, hike steep hills, or run like we used to. But it's being taught in elementary through high schools and colleges all over the nation now. The national championship winners are getting younger and younger all the time. Naples, Fla. hosted the first ever U.S. Open Pickleball International Championship in late April, 2016, with over 800 players from 12 countries who participated in over 2,000 games over a 5-day period. The April 30th final games of that championship tournament were televised on CBS Sports. The winners were paid. It is now technically considered to be a pro sport!


    If you are interested in learning/playing pickleball in White County, GA contact Laurie Lee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call the White County Parks & Rec Department's gym in Cleveland - 706-865-5275.

PICKLEBALL FUN FACTS facts and figures about the sport of Pickleball


    The sport of pickleball has been around since 1965.

  • It remained a well kept secret until 2008 when the game hit the senior market.

  • Today it is estimated that over 2.5 million actively play the game (See note at bottom of page)

  • It is estimated by 2018 there will be over 8 million active players.
    68 percent of all players are over 60 years old.
    Younger people are being introduced to the game in record numbers.
    53% are male and 47% female.

  • Places to play in the US are up 62% since 2010.  White County, Ga. had no courts until mid-2015. We now have a total of 21 courts: 6 outdoor and 3 indoor public courts at the White County Parks & Rec Center in Cleveland; and 10 private courts in gated communities - 2 indoor and 4 outdoor in Skylake in Sautee, and 4 outdoor in Innsbruck in Helen.  And Truett McConnell University has 2 indoor courts in their new Wellness Center in Cleveland on their practice gym floor.

  • Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club, Inc. was created in White County, Ga. in Dec, 2016, and approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization due to its dedication to teaching the sport, educating our community about its health benefits, and commitment to operate tournaments for the benefit of nonprofit organizations in White County, Ga. Please like us on Facebook to stay up with our progress.

  • Towns County (Hiawassee), Ga opened 14 dedicated outdoor courts in Sept 2015.  Habersham County (Clarkesville) lined 3 courts in their aquatic center's gym in Oct, 2015.  Rabun County (Tiger/Clayton) lined 9 courts in their 3 Rec Dept gyms in Jan, 2016.  Lumpkin County (Dahlonega) lined 3 courts in their Rec Dept's gym in Dec., 2016.

  • In addition to the United States, pickleball is played in Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, India, England,Australia, China, Spain, France, Singapore, Aruba, Czech Republic and United Kingdom, with new participating country names being added quickly.

  • The first ever US Open International Pickleball Championship tournament was held in Naples, Fla in late April, 2016 and drew over 800 players from 8 countries. The prestigious Sports Destination Management organization named that event as the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. That one tournament was responsible for booking over 1,500 room nights and having an economic impact on the Collier County/Naples, Fla area of $2.5 million in the first year of the event. CBS Sports dedicated a one-hour segment showing replays of some of the championship matches.

  • The second US Open Pickleball Championship Competition held April 23rd through 30th, 2017, again in Naples, Fla, and again with coverage by CBS Sports.  This time they drew 1,271 players, ages 12 to 90, from 17 countries and 39 States in the USA. The 3rd US Open in Naples, Florida will be held April 21st to 29th, 2018.   Learn more at www.usopenpickleballchampionship.com.


  • NOTE:  Number of people playing pickleball in the United States: A lot of statistics you might see on our national organization's website www.usapa.org do not include players and courts in private member locations (clubs, HOA's, Senior communities like Del Webb, YMCA's, etc.), nor do they include any schools (PE programs) for elementary, middle, & high schools, collegiate, etc. or any after school settings such as Boy/Girls Clubs, etc. As USA Pickleball Association's volunteer Ambassadors for this sport, we have been asked to use the SFIA's data which was made available for pickleball for the first time in the summer of 2015.

    SFIA (Sports and Fitness Industry Association) produces an annual report that's derived from a number of industry surveys and other data harvesting methods. According to their 2016 Participant Report, they reported pickleball currently has 2.5 million players in the US with an expectation of reaching 8 million by 2018. SFIA is the premier trade association for top brands, manufacturers, retailers and marketers in the American sporting goods and fitness industry and have been in existence since 1906. Most national governing sports bodies use the SFIA's numbers for general participation for their sport. If you quote their participation number, you need to reference SFIA and not USAPA as the source.