FICC Paddle Courts: Watch, Play, Learn

by Jane Ahrens

The Paddle Courts are open for play and everyone is invited to watch, play and learn the game.
Saturdays in May – May 20 at 9:00-12:00

Memorial Day Weekend!
Saturday, May 27th

Paddle Open House
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Paddle and Refreshments
Everyone is invited!  

FAQs about Paddle

Do I need special shoes for paddle?
The surface of the courts has a little grit; therefore, it is recommended that the shoes be like tennis shoes with a flat and lower profile sole. High profile running shoes increase the risk of twisting an ankle.

Do I need my own Racquet and balls?
No, we have racquets and balls that are inside the red cooler near the courts. If you want to buy brand new balls, come into the Community Center.

Can we use the courts at night?
Yes. The lights are on a timer located inside the warming hut (on the wall to the right inside the door.)

Is there a fee for using the courts?
Not now. The courts are free for everyone to use through the summer. Beginning in September, we will implement a modest user fee (per household) to help with our maintenance costs.

Can I reserve a court in advance?
Yes, we have a paper calendar inside the red cooler. To reserve a court, please write your name in the calendar. The play is first-come-first serve, unless you have reserved a court on the calendar.

How can I find other players on-Island?

Download the free app: TeamReach. The group is called “Paddle on Fishers” and the Group Code is “Fishers.”

(On TeamReach there is a group for pickle, too. It’s called Pickle on Fishers and the Group Code is “Playpickle.”)

I thought we could play pickleball on the paddle courts?
When we were building the paddle courts, the concept was that we could play pickleball on the courts by laying down a membrane/film surface on top of the paddle courts that would convert the surface into a playable pickleball court. Unfortunately, after lots of investigation, we found that most clubs and organizations are finding these films are quite unworkable. Therefore, we didn’t move forward purchasing the films. For now, we plan to put down pickleball lines with tape on one of the paddle courts so that we can play pickleball on it. The surface will be a little gritty and the whiffle balls will get roughed up quickly, but it’s an immediate option. In the meantime, the film/membrane technology is improving, and we are watching and waiting to see when we can purchase a better option. Pickleball can also be played on the town tennis courts.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay. Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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