Indoor play starts Tuesday, October 15 at 9 a.m. Please consider signing up to “Open” the gym in the morning or in the evening. We need and appreciate volunteers! One big change this year is that you DON’T have to be there the whole time. Once people stop coming and signing in, just count up the money that’s come in for the day and lock up the money box. Whoever is still playing at noon in the morning or at 8:30 in the evening will close down the facility. Thanks and direct any questions to Karen Hedstrom or Paul Krumrie.


Roger Meyerhofer Fall Classic Tournament Our fall tourney is Friday, November 22, 2019 and Saturday, November 23, 2019. We hope to see you there!! You can now register for the tournament. Go to the Links tab (above) and choose the Owatonnaparksrec link. Then create an account (if you haven't registered for prior tournaments) or log in for online registration and credit card payment (only accepts VISA or MasterCard). At the Park and Rec site, click the 3 bars at the left, then click registration, then Activity. Scroll to Events, then program, and then click pickleball. Pick your category and register! Send an email to [email protected] if you have questions or problems and give us your phone number so we can call you back.

Welcome to Owatonna Pickleball Association

We would like to invite pickleball players of all ages and ability levels to join us for our outdoor season starting May 13. If you are a beginner or if you have never played we want you to come and give pickleball a try. We have plenty of enthusiasts who would love to help you learn the game. 

On the right you will find our outdoor schedule.We do encourage athletic shoes with non-marking soles to protect the court surface.  

We feel there is a great future for pickleball in Owatonna and we have many plans for its enjoyment and expansion.We ask you to inquire about the Owatonna Pickleball Association and see the advantages in joining for the play and growth of pickleball in our area. The cost is $10 for an annual membership.  Our membership form is available on our web site just click sign up.



What is Pickleball?

The game started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Washington. He and two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, returned from golf and found their families bored one Saturday afternoon. They attempted to set up badminton, but no one could find the shuttlecock. They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.

Although some sources claim that the name 'Pickleball' was derived from that of the Pritchard's family dog, Pickles, other sources state that the claim is false, and that the name came from the term 'pickle boat', referring to the last boat to return with its catch. According to Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard's wife, the name came "after I said it reminded me of the Pickle Boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Somehow the idea the name came from our dog Pickles was attached to the naming of the game, but Pickles wasn't on the scene for two more years. The dog was named for the game."

paddle pic

The paddle is similar to a ping pong paddle in that it is solid and easily maneuverable with a turn of the wrist. There are several different style and colors of paddles available.

A pickleball is similar to a wiffleball, but it is made with a more rigid, heavy material and has smaller holes. They come in a variety of colors.

How do I join?

Click Sign Up to Join.



Indoor Morning Play Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday
Starting October 15

9:00am - Noon


Christian Family Church

Indoor Evening Play Schedule

Tuesday, Thursday
Starting October 15

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Christian Family Church