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About Us

We are a small, but active club in the beautiful
colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

We are an all-volunteer run group and welcome your ideas. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with someone on the Board.

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.

To read a Memoriam to our friend and founder, Gordon Asimus, (pictured left) click here.

PB Schedule

In 2021 the Club began using Playtime Scheduler for court sign-up. Courts are restricted to 6 players per session.

Always use Playtime Scheduler to sign up for a game or to open a game, it will save you arriving at the courts and not having anyone there. If you are on the Waitlist and decide to show up anyway, please respect the list and understand that you will not be allowed to play if all signed-up players are present.

 

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.

As you leave the courts, please check for rubbish and deposit in the garbage can near the running track fence.

If there are any articles left behind, please put them in the orange lock box for the owner to pick up at a later time.

 

 

Fees

In order to maintain the courts, nets and to purchase balls, our fees are:
100 mxp/day,  300 mxp/week, 600 mxp/month OR
* 1,500 mxp for a year membership ( a one-time fee of 1,000 mxp, & annual renewal of 500 mxp).

Fees also go into a fund for fencing for the new courts and all equipment that club purchases. If you would like to help us in this endeavor by making a donation please contact the Club Treasurer by emailing info.smapickleball@gmail.com

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 5 outdoor, dedicated pickleball courts. Four courts are located near the running track. A fourth court is located below the running track in an enclosed space (a paddle court). 

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.

In Playtime Scheduler there are two other courts available. One is named “5 de Mayo” as it is near this street. It is a neighborhood basketball court with lines painted for 2 pickleball courts. Street name for Google Maps: Caracol Dorado

Second court is called “La Lejona,”  it is in that neighborhood and near ALMA. Street name for Google Maps: Vicente Araiza.

Note that these courts are NOT managed by the Club. Individual players supply their own nets and equipment. Also, there are no bathroom facilities. There is street parking.

 

2022 Board

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 Zapata Hardy

President

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

Gloria Guadalupe Sainz Zepeda

Vice-President

Originally from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Gloria and her husband Doug met and fell in love on the pickleball court in San Miguel!

 

Lisa Muhn

Lisa Muhn

Secretary

Lisa is a Venezuelan/ American living full-time in San Miguel. A former racquetball and padel tennis player, pickleball has become her favorite sport.

 

Fred Collins

Fred Collins

Treasurer

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 Podesta

Peter Podesta

Member-at-Large

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.

 

Lori Casanova

Lori Casanova

Member-at-Large

Originally from California, Lori moved to San Miguel in 2008.

 

The Bajio mountains are a beautiful backdrop to our open-air courts.

SMA Pickleball

info.smapickleball@gmail.com

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