Starting a Club

Why Start a Pickleball Club?

Loosely fit groups of players works; however, a club offers more options, fosters cooperation, and a promotes comrade among all players.

Further, even though a club may have membership fees, these fees are usually minimal, and when compared to other activities (e.g. Movies Theater, Sporting Events, etc.), a club offers a great value! With organization and planned events, the fee is well worth the joy received when being part of a cooperative group.

  1. To organize local pickleball players and promote pickleball play of all levels in the surrounding areas.
  2. To consolidate resources to promote the sport of pickleball in the area.
  3. To provide a means of communication and sharing of information about pickleball in the local area to members and potential members.
  4. To organize play locations, times & types of play.
  5. To provide a unified voice in promoting pickleball play in the area and be able to work with local communities to expand and foster play locations.

Steps to developing a pickleball club

  1. What is your mission?
    Develop a mission statement that reflects your goals for your club.
    See attached examples of Mission Statements from organized clubs. (Page 4-5)
  2. What are the club goals?
    a. Organization of play locations and times?
    b. Contacting local municipalities to improve play locations?
    c. Negotiating with local facilities for better rates and support of pickleball play?
    d. Social events?
    e. Long term goals should be considered from the beginning, even if not immediately addressed. Do you want to have a goal of a dedicated pickleball facility? This will require members that are able and willing to solicit money and resources from the community. Look for members who have those types of contacts within the community.
  3. Determine what area you would serve.
    a. List all areas that you expect to draw members from.
    b. Determine who your current members are.
    c. Would you draw in or invite others playing in the area?
    *How do you contact these other players?
  4. Who are your leaders?
    a. Who currently organizes play? Enlist their input and encourage all to work together for common goals.
    b. Determine leadership structure and roles. (page 6)
  5. Who would be willing to accept leadership roles in getting things running?
    a. Discuss among current leaders. Often when a group forms, a “board” is set in place to make decisions for the good of the group. All sections of group should be represented by those willing to discuss issues and goals going forward.
    b. Consider Bylaws or Charter (see examples of Bylaws, pages 7-14)
  6. Who are your members?
    a. Analyze who your current players are in your known group.
    b. Are there others playing pickleball in the area that you might invite or include?
    ** The greater the number of members the more power you might have to get things done as a community based club.
  7. Dues:
    a. Will you want to have dues?
    b. What would they pay for?
    c. How will they be collected?
  8. Will you want regular club meetings or postings on a set format to update
    members?
    a. How often meetings?
    b. Format of meetings?
  9. What will you name your club?
    By what means will you organize your members, activities and/or dues collection?
    a. Website?
    b. Use available apps and resources?

Leadership Structure

Any club will need some sort of leadership or governing structure. The type of organization will determine whether the structure should be formal or relaxed. In other words, will you operate through an elected Board of Directors or create a less formal club management arrangement?

Here are some of the key leadership roles to consider:

  • Leader: This role is a key representative who can lead the club and act as a spokesperson. Example titles: President, Board Chair, Revolving meeting leader, etc.
  • Deputy Leader: This role is a supportive role that offers a back-up for the Leader. Example titles: Vice-President, Vice-Chair, etc.
  • Treasurer: This role is responsible for keeping track of club money, fees, expenses, paying bills, taxes, etc.
  • Communications Manager or Secretary: This role is responsible for internal communications: meeting minutes, drafting objectives, keeping track of goals for activities, dates for gatherings, sending out meeting reminders and invitations, etc.
  • Membership Manager or Officer: This role is responsible for maintaining member records

Sample Mission Statements | Sample Bylaws 1 | Sample Bylaws 2 | Sample Bylaws 3

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