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What’s Pickleball?

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Get your ace on the court!

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and is most popularly played as doubles (2v2) on a court half the size of a tennis court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a small plastic ball. The rules are a mix of tennis and ping pong and are easy and fun for all ages to play together.

Indoor and outdoor courts can be reserved online and paddles and pickleballs are available to rent on-site.

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Reserve a Court

Impress your friends by telling them “We’ve got reservations tonight, guys.” But really, please reserve a court in advance because they go fast! With multiple indoor courts, we guarantee you a good time no matter the weather. Bring your friends and see why pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America!

Join a local league

We offer a variety of leagues throughout the year. Compete in men’s, women’s, or mixed divisions ranging from beginner to advanced.

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Rules

Pickleball is a sport in which two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications.

Pickleball 101

Scoring

Game is played to 11, win by 2. Each team member gets to serve until they lose the point, with one exception, the team that serves first only gets 1 serve. The score is a series of 3 number; serving team score, receiving team score, server #1 or #2. Ex. 7-3-2 means serving team has 7 points, opposing team has 3 points and it is the second server about to serve.

Serving

Must serve underhand from behind the baseline, cross-court, into the service area past the kitchen. Only the serving team can score points.

Quirky Rules

After the serve, the receiving team must let the ball bounce, then the serving team must let that return bounce before hitting. After that the ball may be volleyed (hit in the air) or off the bounce. A player cannot strike the ball in the kitchen unless the ball bounces in the kitchen first.

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Meet the Pros

North Kansas City

Jack Oxler

Certified Teaching Professional IPTPA

Jack is a National Champion in 35 & over doubles, a 4-time US Open gold medalist. He’s also a 3-time state games gold medalist and the #2 ranked player in the state of Missouri.

Cristie Sharpsteen – Senior Pro

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Gold Medalist US Open, 2X Gold Medalist KC Open, Bronze Medalist Austin Open, Gold Medalist Huntsman Games, 5th Place Nationals, 4X Regional Champion

Teaching Strategy: The best of you is already in there, I’m just going to help you let it out.

Inspirational Quote: “If you’re not first, you’re last” – Ricky Bobby

Overland Park

Jack Oxler

Certified Teaching Professional IPTPA

Jack is a National Champion in 35 & over doubles, a 4-time US Open gold medalist. He’s also a 3-time state games gold medalist and the #2 ranked player in the state of Missouri.

Cristie Sharpsteen – Senior Pro

PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor

Gold Medalist US Open, 2X Gold Medalist KC Open, Bronze Medalist Austin Open, Gold Medalist Huntsman Games, 5th Place Nationals, 4X Regional Champion

Teaching Strategy: The best of you is already in there, I’m just going to help you let it out.

Inspirational Quote: “If you’re not first, you’re last” – Ricky Bobby


Wichita

Michael Harris

Pickleball Pro

Michael is a former collegiate basketball player who grew up in the Wichita area. After graduating from Conway Springs High School, he attended Emporia State University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation. Since graduating in 2016, he has worked as the Assistant Sports information Director for ESU Athletics, the Sports and Events Coordinator in Dodge City, KS, and finally as the Director of Pickleball at Chicken N Pickle- Wichita. “Before starting at Chicken N Pickle, my only experience playing pickleball was in high school gym class. I truly feel I’ve found a home with such amazing people here at Chicken N Pickle!”


Oklahoma City

Moira Roush

Pickleball Pro

Moira is a 5.5 ranked player, Selkirk-sponsored player and a PPR Certified Pro level instructor. Between 2017 and 2019, she was a USA Nationals 5x medalist and a 2019 silver medalist at the senior women’s pro singles.  Moira is an eight-time US Open 5.0 Champion.

Antonio Lares

IPTPA Certified Pickleball Pro

Antonio is a former collegiate tennis player and now avid pickleball coach. He has taught tennis and pickleball to adults and kids for 5+ years. He loves teaching pickleball to new and high level players. 

Les Leach

Pickleball Pro

In addition to being a pickleball, Les is a driver/paramedic with the Edmond Fire Department. He’s a 2018 Men’s 4.5D National Silver Medalist, a 2019 5.0 MD Mid-South Regional Silver Medalist and a multiple medal winner in State Games of Oklahoma. He’s a Team HEAD sponsored athlete and an all around good guy!

Katelyn Click

Pickleball Pro

Katelyn is a former tennis player turned Pickleball lover. Pickleball started as a family bonding activity that grew into a passion for playing and teaching the sport. Katelyn is a 4.25 player that played in the 2022 Next Gen Pro APP tournament. She has also worked at Chicken N Pickle for 3 years and loves meeting new people while introducing them to the majorly addicting game of Pickleball.


San Antonio

Armando Valderas

Certified Teaching Professional IPTPA

Mando fell in love with pickleball as soon as he slammed the ball. Coming from an athletic background he picked up on the game quickly and was determined to be the best he could be. After growing a passion for pickleball, Mando joined CNP and the IPTPA in hopes to share his knowledge of this amazing sport.

Mya Miller

CERTIFIED TEACHING PROFESSIONAL IPTPA

Mya started playing pickleball after her father drew lines in the backyard and couldn’t stop playing since. Once CNP opened she knew this was the place she wanted to be. After playing for a couple of years she became a member of the IPTPA and has helped others grow not only their game but love for pickleball. During her spare time, Mya enjoys competing in tournaments.

Gary Martin

Certified Teaching Professional IPTPA Level 2 & COmpetitive Tournament Player

I’m a retired teacher and coach of 30 years. Began playing pickleball in 2021 and was quickly addicted. With a great passion for teaching and coaching it was a natural transition for me become a pickleball pro and help players of all levels improve and grow their game at CNP.


Grand Prairie

Juliet Peoples

Pickleballer

Juliet is a Level 2 IPTPA Certified Instructor and has been playing for 4.5 years. She loves sharing the game and is personable and patient. She also enjoys meeting people and introducing them to the joy of the game. Juliet demonstrates the strokes of pickleball very effectively and gives good feedback to help you improve your game. She believes there is room for improvement in everyone’s game, and she continues her own journey to improve her playing and coaching skills. “Success in pickleball comes with putting the time in to improve your skills”

Juliet focuses on making your time with her fun and enjoyable while learning and/or improving your skills. She always has a smile on her face and is fun to be around.

Jay Lateko

CERTIFIED TEACHING PROFESSIONAL IPTPA

Jay Lateko has been involved with the Pickleball community for the last 7 years. Jay has over 30 years of experience coaching tennis and pickleball from beginners to advance tournament-level players of all ages. He is IPTPA certified level 2 and is passionate about spreading the joy of pickleball from recreational to competitive. Jay is also an experienced tournament player and has multiple Gold Medals in sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments.


Grapevine

Laura Kemp

DIRECTOR OF PICKLEBALL, PPR and LEVEL 2 IPTPA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Laura is a former 7th grade science teacher, tennis player, coach, and instructor. She is a PPR and Level 2 IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructor. Laura has earned several medals throughout the country competing in Singles, Mixed Doubles, and Women’s Doubles.  She also played in a wheelchair after knee surgery and is a US Open Gold Medalist in Wheelchair Doubles and Silver Medalist in Hybrid Doubles. Laura serves as a board member for the Para Pickleball Program to bring Pickleball to ALL players is also on a mission to grow our Junior Program welcoming players of ALL ages.

Wanting to learn directly from our pros? Contact Laura Kemp to set up a lesson.

Clint Head

PPR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

After 10 years of tennis, Clint has quickly fallen in love with Pickleball. He is a PPR Certified Coach with a heart that is ready to teach and spread the game to as many people as he can.

Joy Thetford

LEVEL 2 IPTPA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Joy taught tennis, racquetball, badminton, and other activities at TCC-NE from 1971-2012. During that time she received many outstanding teaching awards. When she retired in 2012, she became involved with pickleball, becoming a member of USAPA and SSIPA / USSP. She became an Ambassador for Keller, TX area and has been a volunteer instructor at many locations including N. Richland Hills, Watauga Rec Center and Keller Senior Activity Center. She understands the importance of learning the basics and practicing drills for continued improvement in the sport. She has held a 3.5 + to 4.1 rating in Women’s Doubles and Mixed doubles for years and has won numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in sanctioned and unsanctioned events. She is super excited to be involved in the Chicken N Pickle Pickleball program in Grapevine!

Susan Edelman

PPR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Susan is an accomplished former high school and collegiate tennis player along with being a former high school tennis coach.    

She has been playing pickleball competitively for the past 2 years and loves the sport and the fun that comes with it. Susan has recently retired from teaching after 28 years and has taken her love for teaching, positive attitude, and competitive spirit to the pickleball court to help others get to the next level or just fall in love with the sport.

Jonah McWilliams

PPR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Jonah has grown up playing all different sports, but fell in love with baseball the most. 

Shortly after playing baseball, he was introduced to pickleball by his mother who just needed a fourth person to play at the local YMCA.
He has played competitively for 5+ years all over the DFW area.
He is PPR certified and can’t wait to share the court with anyone willing to learn and get better!  


GLENDALE

CJ HOYT

CJ Hoyt, a West Phoenix native, is a Certified IPTPA instructor and has won multiple gold medals in the men’s 4.5 division while competing in the state of Arizona. CJ earned a degree in Hospitality Management from Northern Arizona University and is the founder of Flagstaff Ranch Pickleball and the Flagstaff Open Pickleball Tournament. When he’s not on the court, you can find him spending time with his children, Viktor and Veronika, and their furry friend, Rocky the Rottweiler.