We are a small, but active club in the beautiful
colonial town of San Miguel de Allende.
We are an all-volunteer run group and welcome your ideas. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch.
Pickleball arrived in San Miguel de Allende in 2010 with a few avid players and quickly took off. Initially, players used a run-down tennis court at the Real De Minas hotel and chalked the lines. A couple of years later, they began the same routine on a tennis court at La Unidad Deportiva… all good fun with 6 to 8 people. In 2016, the Unidad Deportiva allowed the club to paint permanent court lines on the basketball court. When one of the players became a PB ambassador it pushed the awareness factor with visitors and put our club on the map.
Locals play year-round and those who come to San Miguel for the winter months swell the numbers considerably. Comprised of Mexicans and foreigners from all over the globe, (Australia, Canada, France, USA, and Venezuela to name a few) players are friendly and enjoy meeting socially on and off the courts.
In addition to regular play, over the years the club has promoted the game of Pickleball and fitness to the general public through clinics and fun days. Our goal is to continue to grow the game here in SMA, to build permanent courts, and to host tournaments.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have enabled a registration system. You must sign up to play as numbers on the courts are restricted.
Open Play: on the upper courts
Monday, Wednesday & Friday — 8:30 am
Sunday — 9:00 am
Ladies Day: on the lower court
Tuesday — 8:30 am
Advanced Play: on the upper courts
Tuesday & Saturday — 8:30 am
Equipment & Set up
The club has a few paddles available to loan for daily use. These are first-come, first-serve. Nets, balls, and containment nets are all provided by the club.
We appreciate those who get there early and help set up, and those who help take down and put equipment away.
In order to maintain the courts, nets and to purchase balls, our fees are:
50 mxp/day, 100 mxp/week, 300 mxp/month OR
* 1,000 mxp for a year membership (with a one-time fee of 500 mxp).
Fees also go into a fund for building permanent courts. If you would like to help us in this endeavor by making a donation please contact the Club Treasurer.
Location: Unidad Deportiva
* UPDATE: the courts at Unidad Deportiva are open as of March 15, 2021, but with restrictions as to the number of players and length of play. *
See restrictions/policies and reservation system here.
We use court facilities located within the Municipal Sports Complex, “La Unidad Deportiva.” There are 4 outdoor courts available in the mornings for Pickleball. Three of the courts are near the tennis courts and are painted on the basketball and volleyball courts. A fourth court is located below the running track in an enclosed space (a paddle court). Our courts were recently resurfaced and painted making it much easier to see the lines and to make calls on shots!
The Unidad Deportiva is located on Salida de Celaya, 1km past the La Comer grocery store and across the highway from the entrance to Los Frailes. There is parking available. If you don’t drive there is a local bus that will drop you off in front of the entrance.
The Bajio mountains are a beautiful backdrop to our courts which were resurfaced and repainted in 2019.
The SMA Pickleball club is an all-volunteer run organization whose goals are to promote and grow the game of Pickleball in San Miguel and to raise the funds to build permanent courts. If you would like to volunteer for this organization please reach out. Board positions are voted on annually.
Natalia Zapata Hardy
Natalia is originally from Sabinas, Coahuila De Zaragoza and currently lives full-time in San Miguel. She is a terrific Pickleball player.
Gloria Guadalupe Sainz Zepeda
Originally from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Gloria and her husband Doug met and fell in love on the Pickleball court!
Linda is from Canada and one of the original San Miguel pickleball players.
Fred moved to SMA in 2014, from just outside of Detroit, MI. He began learning to play Pickleball almost immediately after arriving and hasn’t stopped.
Peter was born in NJ, and lived in Florida. He discovered SMA house sitting and moved here full time in 2016. He was introduced to Pickleball here and loves it.
R.K. is one of our original Pickleball players having started around 2012 on chalked courts.