Mission

The Heber Valley Pickleball Club promotes the growth of Pickleball in Wasatch County and supports all levels of participation in a welcoming, friendly, and fun social environment. The club advocates for the expansion of and improvements in public courts, facilities, and equipment used for Pickleball, and encourages equitable access to open play regardless of diversities in skill, demographic characteristics, special needs, or club membership.  For club members, the club organizes tournaments, clinics, and social events supported by club membership dues and member volunteers.

The Heber Valley Pickleball Club Values . . . .

  1. Having fun and making friends

  2. Openness and inclusiveness toward whomever shows to play

  3. Competitive play at all skill levels

  4. Sportsmanship and being a good sport

  5. Mixing teams and partners

  6. Equitable access to court time

  7. Building one’s skills and suppor>ng the play of others

  8. Playing safe and watching out for the safety of others

General Court Usage Etiquette for Core Play Hours 9 AM -11 AM

The following are recommendations by the HVPC Board.  The number and composition of players will be constantly changing throughout the week and day, so these guidelines will need to be adapted dynamically by the people who are there.  Hopefully, this general structure can help sort things out particularly when the courts are in full use.

  1. For the Core Play Hours, OPEN rotational play is the basic expectation in which any player can choose to rotate onto any court of their choosing. Open Play is a collaborative effort. Be aware of others’ desire to play and have fun and be willing to fit in and to play with anyone.​

  2. To help navigate our 9 outdoor courts, courts will be loosely designated for more aggressive/competitive play (eastern-side courts 4,5,6) and less aggressive/fun play (western side courts 7,8,9).  If waiting to get on a court, place your paddle in arrival order on either Court 5 fence (more competitive ) or Court 8 fence (more fun ) for the level of play you seek.  Players please look at the fence line before starting a new game to see if paddles are waiting to play.  Nevertheless, any open court is open to any level of play.  Old courts, 1, 2, 3 have no prior designation and are open for anything.

  3. Higher skilled players are encouraged to occasionally play with lesser skilled players. Lesser skilled players are encouraged to stretch their comfort zones, but avoid games that are far above their playing ability. The object is for everyone to have a fun and challenging game.

  4. In OPEN play, play at a level that is competitive and fun for each participant in a game. Be mindful of your opponents’ skill levels; do not humiliate or smash on lesser skilled players, instead, work on your so_ game and placement. Help lesser skilled players learn and improve their game.

  5. Rotate off the court at the end of the game if others are waiting and wait your turn to play. It would be inconsiderate for a small number of elite players to rotate only among themselves on two or three courts if there are many lesser skilled players waiting to play on the remaining courts. Consider CHALLENGE courts or a private group arrangement outside of core open play hours.

  6. Two CHALLENGE courts may be organized wherein a challenging team plays the winning team of the previous game. Any pair can challenge another pair expecting play to be at a competitive peak. Challenge winners may face up to two additional challenges before rotating out (a total of THREE games).  Challenge courts may be established for both advanced and less advanced players (preferably courts 4 and 9). To challenge, a pair will hang their paddles outside the challenge court. 

  7. Other forms of organized, open play (such as King’s/Queen’s Court, clinics, and drills) may be arranged and announced in advance for all club members to participate. This type of organized play should be schedule outside of peak open play hours and/or be limited to a reasonable amount of time depending on the number of people waiting for regular open play.

  8. Private groups should organize their play outside of the core playing hours and limit their time of possession of the court if other courts are full and others are waiting to play. 

  9. We must remember these are Public Courts - so others who are not part of our club will be using them also.   If they chose not to rotate in with our club, then they will be expected to follow the guidelines for the courts implemented by the Wasatch County Recreation Department.