If you’ve got a group of pickleball players in a community, at some point someone will bring up a question. “Shouldn’t we form a pickleball club?”, she’ll say. People typically react to this question one of three ways.
The two binary answers are either “Yeahhhhhh….that’s the ticket! That’s what we need! A CLUB!”, or “No! And not only no, but HECK no!”. We have already provided a section on the pros and cons of clubs. But sometimes you get the third answer, a more thoughtful. “Well, OK, maybe we should, but how do we do it?! And this latter question requires some examination of the detail on starting a pickleball club.
- That question is explored at length in this first link. Starting Your Club
- This second link gives you a look at a couple of different ways to write by-laws, one of which (Bend) includes functional job descriptions for the board officers. By-Laws
- This link explores the various types of legal entities non-profit sports clubs can take, and walks through what one club researched and the decisions they made. This is terrific!
- This third link is one of the things you will eventually need a club in order to provide…a Certificate of Liability, very difficult to arrange personally but required by many public agencies when you want to run a tournament or have an event. Certificate of Liability (this will be available soon)