SCOTTSDALE, AZ—March 30, 2021—Pickleball is taking the world by storm: one dink shot at a time. Mountainside Fitness is joining the frenzy as the King of the Swing by offering the game at three of its Valley Locations: Scottsdale Shea, Mesa and Surprise. Perfect that backhand and get in the court.

The Basics

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and is played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. All ages and skill levels can enjoy the game.

The 5 Rules of Pickleball

There are only 5 main rules to pickleball; making it a perfect game for all skill levels to learn and master.

  1. The ball cannot go out of bounds.
  2. Proper serving regulations have to be followed: an underhand serve diagonally across the court at one foot distance from the baseline.
  3. There needs to be One Bounce per side - no more and no less.
  4. During the serve the ball is not allowed to touch the no volley zone.
  5. Pickleball is played to 11, 15, or 21 points; you can only score a point on your serve and you must win by 2 points.

The Must Know Terms

  1. Dink Shot: A soft and controlled shot that ideally lands at your opponent’s feet
  2. Kitchen: the non-volley zone
  3. Ace: A serve that is not returned by your opponent

“Pickleball is a fun way for members of Mountainside Fitness to get in their work-out and play a competitive game with their friends and family at the same time,” said Craig Cote, CEO of Mountainside Fitness. “We are constantly evolving and thinking out of box and court in order to add to our offerings here at Mountainside Fitness, and Pickleball is definitely a fun one.”

At all three locations, the Pickleball courts are available:

  • Monday - Friday: 8am - 2pm
  • Saturday: 2pm - 4pm
  • Sunday: 8am - 12pm

Reserve a 45-minute time slot through the Mountainside Fitness App up to 24 hours in advance. Mountainside Fitness will provide game balls at the front desk, but members should bring their own paddles.

Members can enjoy pickleball as a part of their membership, and Mountainside Fitness is offering a special for new members. Their first 30 days are free, $0 enrollment fee and 1 free Stretch-Fit sessions for the month of April. Memberships include access to M Virtual Fitness and access to 18 Valley locations.

To sign up, visit for information on classes and memberships.

Members of the community still have an opportunity visit Mountainside Fitness during an Open House for free. Since January, Mountainside Fitness has been offering a free week rotating at each of its 18 Valley Locations through June. Visit this link to see the open house schedule.

For media inquiries, please contact Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon at or 480-495-3806.

About Mountainside Fitness

Mountainside Fitness is Arizona's premier and privately-owned health club currently operating 18 locations & 105,000 active members in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Established in 1991 by Valley native Tom Hatten, Mountainside Fitness is proud to offer guests more than 80 group fitness classes per week, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, on-site childcare, complimentary towel service and a wide range of amenities with friendly service, at an affordable price. Mountainside Fitness is dedicated to helping members achieve their goals by offering a team of committed professionals, beautifully appointed full-service locker rooms, the option for executive treatment with personal lockers and laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and the M Café serving smoothies, bottled beverages and healthy snacks. To learn more about Mountainside Fitness, visit or download the mobile app--search on iTunes or Google Play for Mountainside Fitness. Follow us at @mountainsidefit on Instagram and Facebook.