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Ten courts of fast-paced action!


Come try it at La Camarilla.  Free lessons every Thursday morning.  Lots of players to meet and play with every morning 8:30 – 11:00am and Monday – Thursday evenings 6:00 – 8:30pm.

Jim Valleskey has been a pickleball instructor at LaCamarilla since 2015. He is an IPTPA certified pickleball instructor. He is a former USPTR tennis pro with 43 years of coaching experience at the high school and club level. As a counseling psychologist he was the director of counseling programs at three different high schools during his educational career.   We are excited to have his expertise at La Camarilla.

He is also the author of a new Pickleball playing book available on Amazon: Click here to purchase.

Pickleball only memberships are available or you can play Pickleball with a Full La Camarilla membership.

Meet our pro.

Jim Valleskey
IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructor 630-464-7298

Lesson Schedule from Jim

Beginning Pickleball Intermediate Pickleball Beginning Pickleball

2/12 , 19, 26 and 3/5

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

$60 members/$70 non-members


2/8, 15, 22 and 3/1

Time: 10:30am – Noon

$60 members/$70 non-members


2/9, 16, 23 and 3/2

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

A Brief History

The sport of Pickleball is exploding nationwide and La Camarilla is pleased to have added more courts and programming to accommodate it!

Pickleball is a game for the whole family. So it’s only fitting that it was invented by a family, too. The game got its start back in 1965, in Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride away from Seattle, WA. When Congressmen Joel Pritchard, William Bell and Barney McCallum came home from a game of golf one day to find their kids bored and restless, they set out to create a game that would engage them through the lazy days of summer.

They wanted to create a game that would be challenging, but still accessible. They handed the kids table tennis paddles and a whiffle ball, and lowered the net on their badminton court. In the coming days both kids and adults alike fell in love with the game, and as they played the rules evolved (to include the non-volley zone, for instance) and solidified to their present incarnation.

Pickleball caught on fast with friends and neighbors. People began making their own Pickleball paddles, which were more suited to the game than table tennis paddles, using a wood jigsaws and marine plywood. Those who had access to badminton courts simply lowered the net. Others set up courts in their driveways and backyards, drawing lines with chalk. News of the fun new game spread by word-of-mouth.

Pickleball continued to gain in popularity over the years for players of all ages, and in 1972, Pickleball was officially incorporated to give the game a proper hub and keep up with the demand for paddles, balls, nets and other gear. Today Pickleball is played all over the world and there are more than 2,000,000 people playing Pickleball in the U.S. alone, and the game is growing exponentially!

IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructor 630-464-7298

Jim Valleskey