Pickleball

This "sport" is a combination of tennis and ping pong, played on a badminton-sized court with a net close to the ground, where players use paddles and a small wiffle ball.  Find out more at www.pickleball.com or www.usapa.org.

Open pickleball is played at the Central Park Pickleball Courts, behind Tennis Courts Number 3 & 4 at the corner of South 13th Street and Atlantic Avenue.  Six (6) lighted pickleball courts are available.  The gates at the courts are locked.  Gate keys may be purchased at the Atlantic Recreation Center during normal operating hours for $20 (Monday - Friday from 7:00am-7:00pm, Saturday from 8:00am-4:00pm).

For information about the Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates, an informal group that organizes play at the Central Park pickleball courts and provides equipment, click on the following link:  FB Pickleball Pirates; or follow Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates on Facebook.

Reserved group play schedule (as of 3/01/2020):

NOTE:  The Central Park Pickleball Courts are closed until further notice due to concerns with COVID-19.

  • Sunday:  3:00 - 4:00pm - Courts 1 - 4:  Rating levels 1.0, 2.0, 2.5.  
  • Sunday:  3:00 - 4:00pm - Courts 5 & 6:  Introduction to Pickleball Clinic - Rating levels 2.0 and below (see "Adult Clinics" on this page for more information)
  • Sunday:  4:00 - 6:00pm - Social Play with challenge court
  • Monday:  8:00 - 10:00am - Women’s Open Play (all levels)
  • Monday:  4:00 - 6:00pm - Rating levels 3.5+ with challenge court
  • Tuesday:  8:00 - 10:00am - Rating levels 3.0, 3.5+
  • Tuesday:  10:00am - 12:00pm - Rating levels 2.0, 2.5, & 3.0
  • Wednesday:  9:00 - 11:30am - Courts 5 & 6:  Reserved for clinics (see "Adult Clinics" for more information)
  • Wednesday:  4:00 - 6:00pm - Rating levels 3.0, 3.5+ with challenge court
  • Thursday:  8:00 - 10:00am - Men’s Open Play (all levels)
  • Thursday:  10:00 - 11:00am - Courts 5 & 6:  Reserved for clinics (see "Adult Clinics" for more information)
  • Friday:  8:00 - 10:00am - Rating levels 3.0, 3.5+
  • Friday:  10:00am - 12:00pm - Rating levels 2.0, 2.5, & 3.0

Not sure what playing level you are?  Click on the following link for a description of the levels listed above:  What level am I?

If you would like to be added to the group email list, send a request to fbpbpirates@gmail.com

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Instruction and Clinics

Rod Gibson Tennis Services, a contracted instructor with the City of Fernandina Beach, offers pickleball lessons (private and group) and group clinics at the Central Park Pickleball Courts.  It is recommended that prospective players register for the "Introduction to Pickleball Clinic" on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm to learn the basics of the game.  Call or email Rod Gibson, Director of Tennis & Pickleball, to register:  904-891-6927; rodgibsontennis@gmail.com

Private Instruction

Call or email Rod to register.  24 hours cancellation required.

Private lessons with director:  $60/hour City resident, $70 Non-City; $30/half-hour City resident, $35 Non-City
Private lessons with staff professional:  $50/hour City resident, $60 Non-City; $25/half-hour City resident, $30 Non-City

Semi-private (2 students) lessons with director:  $35/hour City residents, $40 Non-City
Semi-private with staff professional:  $30/hour City resident, $35 Non-City

Group lessons with director

  • 3 students:  $24/hour City resident, $27 Non-City
  • 4 students:  $18/hour City resident, $20 Non-City

Group lessons with staff professional

  • 3 students:  $20/hour City resident, $24 Non-City
  • 4 students:  $15/hour City resident, $18 Non-City

Adult Clinics

All Adult Clinics held on Central Park Pickleball Courts 5 & 6.  Call or email Rod to register.  Space is limited.  24 hours cancellation required.

Introduction to Pickleball Clinic (2.0 and below)
Intended for players new to the game, this clinic will cover scoring, court positioning, and basic rules of the game.
Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm
$10 City resident, $12 Non-City

Improver Clinic (2.0 - 2.5)
Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am or Thursdays from 10:00-11:00am
$10 City resident, $12 Non-City

Intermediate Clinic (3.0 - 3.5)
Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30am
$15 City resident, $18 Non-City

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