More about CTPA Memberships
Cranberry Township Pickleball Association (CTPA) News Release:
There are hundreds of membership available so you do not need to be waiting in a long line on March 18. In fact you would be better waiting a day or two or three so you can get your membership quickly.
When can I join to be a 2024 member? We will open up membership on March 18, 2024. We will have hundreds of memberships available so there is no need to show up the first day.
What is the cost of a 2024 membership? The cost for a membership is $148 for a Cranberry resident and $165 for a non-resident and this membership is good for the calendar year. The membership is good until Dec 31, 2024.
Are you looking to close membership? We have the ability of expanding to over 300 new members. We feel we will have enough memberships to take us through June/July or maybe longer. Once we are at 1850 members we will close membership until we expand our courts or let people in as current members give up their membership.
I want to learn a more on your membership & club? If you want to learn more about CTPA , read this page an ed go to “Member Section” . There is also a tab on the left “Introduction to New Members” that we encourage our you to review everything on that page and all the tabs on that page.
How do I join? You must go to Cranberry Township Customer Service starting March 18, 2024. You must get your photo taken and get your membership card and zip tie. Address/hours/phone of Parks & Rec: 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township PA Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:30pm, Friday, 8:30am-5pm, Saturday, 9am-4pm (closed weekends Memorial Day-Labor Day) 724-779-4386, option 1.
After you registered with the township, paid and get your membership card, you can expect to get an email directly from our scheduling software titled Cranberry Township Pickleball Association in 1-3 days. If you have questions regarding CTPA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are getting a membership for another person besides yourself you are going to need to have the following information.
- A electronic “Head shot” photo on your phone that you can email, so we can print a membership card. (You must have a membership card on display in order to play on our courts)
- Phone number
- Date of Birth
- Email address ( CTPA requires each person to have their own email address for our scheduling software. There is no way to share the same email)
Without the above we cannot issue a membership to someone not present.
For Social players who want to play for Fun
- We match people by their skill level/interest so you are playing with other people who want to play for fun and have the same rights to the court as the most skilled players. Everyone is equal in CTPA.
- We specifically have games gear to fun & enjoyment
- You can schedule your play and be assured a court.
- Better players are there volunteering to help improve your game if you want to do so.
For experienced and serious players
- Level play assures that when you play you always have good competition
- With ladders, multi-level play and shootouts you always have opportunities to compete against better players
- Opportunities to play who you want to play with, without hassle.
- The ability to schedule your play and assure you have enough play in that session.
- The Academy programs & ball machine can help further improve your game.
For those in between; who want to have fun but also want to improve their game
- Yes, you can have the best of both worlds and pick and choose the type of games you want to register for. We get as close as possible to eliminating the negatives of playing on unorganized municipal courts making pickleball that much more fun.
- All the above for a small membership fee in which all money raised by CTPA goes back to building/improving our courts.
- CTPA is an all-volunteer organization that is led by fellow members .Over 200 members volunteer to make CTPA a great experience to play pickleball.
- .You are playing on the best courts in the area and part of one of the largest club in the nation.
- We have 19 dedicated PB courts and in the winter will cover six of those courts with an air dome allowing for 7 day a week, 16 hours/day of pickleball in the winter months. For tournaments we can expand to nearly 40 courts.
Why pickleball is popular
We hear stories all the time about why people love pickleball and how so many people have found a new lease on life because of it – people who thought they were not athletes but now play pickleball several times a week, people who have lost weight, overcome depression and developed a much healthier lifestyle from playing pickleball, people who have built many new social connections and developed lifelong friendships because of pickleball. This is what CTPA offers.
Benefits of Membership
- FITNESS, FUN & FRIENDS: CTPA is all about enjoying pickleball with similar people with the same interests to play.
- EXCLUSIVE HOURS: CTPA Members will have exclusive court hours and access via their membership cards. We ask all members to display their cards during CTPA times.
- LEVEL PLAY/CLUB RATING: To assure enjoyable pickleball our members have club rating to assure fun-level play. All members have the option to be evaluated for a higher level when they are ready.
- COMPETITIVE PLAY ASSURED: Because of ratings, you are assured of playing against players of a similar skill level.
- MULTI-LEVEL GAMES: We have a lot of games that are pure fun and are multi-level so friends of different levels can play together or a chance for you to play against better players.
- CTPA ACADEMY/PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: CTPA offers our Pickleball Academy that is composed of over 30 different clinics. A great way to improve. Take a clinic and practice the drills they teach you to improve. A proven success to be a better player.
- EARLY PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Starting out can be intimidating and this program are for our PB-1/FT beginners to make them comfortable in playing the game and a chance to improve. It is done in a fun environment with a CTPA volunteer who helps you understand and play the game better.
- EXPANDING PICKLEBALL: As a member, you are helping to pay off the debt for building our facility bigger. with your membership and other fees. There is a feeling of ownership because our organization is run by volunteers.
- LARGEST PB CLUB: CTPA is the largest pickleball association in the state. There are few PB organization that provide a wide range of organized play to satisfy players of all skill ranges in the nation. CTPA does this and more. We are an all-volunteer organization. We program our own schedule and rules....so if there is something specific you like, you can help us make it a reality.
- INDOOR PLAY: CTPA will try to have indoor play at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center and other facilities that we can rent. Each year we try to make more sessions available but we are very limited in space and facilities are not always available. Therefore we cannot make any guarantees that all days and times will be available. There is a small charge to play indoors. Our ultimate goal is to build our own indoor facility.
- All this for less than $8 /month.: One of the lowest price offered in Cranberry Township Parks & Recreation for a sports membership. Click here for the fastest way to learn Pickleball...
New CTPA PB-1/Fast Track Clinic & Early Player Development Program
Anyone who is new to pickleball should start with this 2 hr clinic and then an additional 2-hours in our Early Player Development program. With up to 4 hours of training you are learning the game the correct way. If you are not an experienced player and try to join CTPA as a new member with little or no understanding of pickleball you will struggle to establish a good foundation to learn the game. Most new members who join without the training of PB-1 & Early Learners end up unhappy with pickleball. This is why we developed this program as it transition beginners to properly play the game and build a good foundation to learn additional skills to improve your game further. Our trained instructors have taught over 1500 people and teach the game of pickleball to 400 students/year including some local celebrities.
When I join, what happens next?
If you sign up online, stop by the Parks & Recreation Customer Service desk to get your membership card so we can get you playing as quickly as possible.
You cannot play without a membership card. With your card, you will receive our "Welcome to CTPA" document to answer some of your questions. You can preview the document here, Welcome to CTPA Opens a New Window.
If you have question, please email Contact@CTPApickleball.com Opens a New Window.
NOTE: You must show up in person to get your membership
You can also order your membership in person at Cranberry Township Parks & Recreation desk.
Call 724-779-4 FUN (4386) x 1129 to verify their open hours.
Valid: March 18 - Dec. 31, 2024
This membership will allow you to select one event 7-days in advance and then unlimited events 3 days in advance.
Pickleball the way you want it.
ONE MEMBERSHIP but many ways to play
How we schedule play and the many programs & events we offer!
What makes us unique from a typical municipal court with no organization is how we schedule play and organize events. As a member you can actually schedule play to meet your own calendar and be assured that there will be people there to play and no long waits. And guarantee the quality of play during that session is meeting to your objectives....fun or competitive. You will have your own personal means to reserve your spot for events.
A typical weekly calendar for using our scheduling software is below.
Based on the events use, you can use your phone app or computer to reserve a spot under your name and also know who else signed up for that event. We allow members to schedule up to 6 days in advance and have a wait list function in case someone cancels, that spot can be filled again.
This is an example of a weekly schedule (click image to enlarge)
New Members Classes and Assist Program
We encourage people new to pickleball to start with our PB-1 class to learn the correct way to play pickleball. We have taught hundreds of people how to play the game and the class includes a paddle and ball to get you started. When you join CTPA we offer a new member assist program staffed by experienced CTPA volunteers to help introduce you to the courts, in how to sign up for sessions and will have their own court times available for you to get playing quickly in a no pressure environment.
Many people ask who are new to pickleball if they can join CTPA without taking PB-1 and the answer is YES, But you must own a paddle, know the rules and be able to play the game. Consider that PB-1 includes a paddle, a ball and 2 hour of lessons PLUS a three 2-hr sessions of Early Learners you are getting much more than what you are paying for the course. But we also understand that classes fill up fast and some people do not want to wait until the next class. More information, PB-1/FastTrack
Early Player Development Program
Early Player Development is not a beginner’s class, its purpose is to help knowledgeable players develop better playing skills by emphasizing forehand, backhand, serving and all basic pickleball strokes. Game play is part of each session. All players attending receive individual attention. A ratio of 1 to 6-8 students to a coordinator is the norm. This program helps players gain more confidence in their pickleball skills. Players can continue to develop their pickleball skillset by attending the Academy Classes offered through CTPA. This program is free for members.
Variety of Play - Fun Play
We have expanded to wide variety of games that are played with fun fitness and friends. Games like UP/DOWN Split, Winners stays on and split, round robins and other games allow for a fun experience and the ability to play with friends of different skill level.
More Serious Play
We are one of the few PB clubs in nation that rank our members for better play. See rating procedures on the left hand tab of this page for more details of our club rating system. But, what it does is assures you quality level play against opponents for equal skills and many opportunities to play against players better than you in match or ladder play.
We have members who live several hours away because they can be assured to be able to play against for equal level vetted through our rating system. Our club evaluation procedure for rating has been very well received by members.
IMPROVE YOUR LEVEL OF PLAY! Pickleball Academy
Our Pickleball Academy consists of over 30 different level specific clinics. If you consider the many 2 and 3 day camps the cost of these are about $35 to $50/hour squeezed into a small timeframe. and you forget all you learned. Most of our clinics are 4/1 ratio and just $25 in which we will teach you drills to continue your improvement on your own or with a friend in the next weeks. Once you perfect it, come back and take another clinic and then practice the drills to improve that shill-shot. This is a more logical way to learn and a lot less to do so.
While many of our members do not care about ratings, they still want to play a better game. Its a fact that the better you are the more you enjoy the game. The Pickleball Academy will make a better player out of our members.
Don’t be turned off with all this Rating talk...... We have many enjoyable and fun games.
If you are a casual or social players you do not need to get a higher rating, Don’t be turned off by ratings....there are many games out there that rating is not even an issue. Many members never even play level play. So if you just want to play and have fun there are a lot of options for you. See "CTPA games" on the left hand tab of this page for all the games we play.
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?
About 15% just want to play for fun. They have no interest to be rated or even care if they win or lose. They are there with Friends, having Fun And Getting Exercise.
Another 15% of our members are very serious about the game. Pickleball is a passion and they want to play very competitive matches, focused on improving and a lot interested in tournament play.
And, about 70% of our member want the opportunity to test their skills in match & ladder play and want to improve to get to the next higher "Club rating". But, they also want to at times have fun and play in a no-pressure environment in games like UP/Down-Split, Round Robins, and Challenge Courts. .
ONE MEMBERSHIP but many ways to play.
PICKLEBALL the way YOU want to play.
Memberships are not refundable for any reason.
CTPA membership is good for excellent outdoor play from mid-April to mid-October. This is when we are playing on 19 courts with many free events available.
Winter Play from mid Oct to Mid April is pay as you go for all indoor play & outdoor play. Outdoor courts may be available for use from mid-October to mid-April but is not guaranteed and there will be a small fee to play them. Being a current CTPA member will give you better booking opportunities for winter play than nonmembers.
New memberships includes one event 7-days in and unlimited 3-day selections of events.
Membership are based on a calendar year.
As a member our refund policy does not refund back to your credit card but to club credit only, which you can use for any Court Reserve fee base events, lessons , clinics or membership. Please go to "Intro to New Members for further details".