Become A Ref/Coach

Big City Pickleball is ALWAYS on the lookout for qualified individuals to Referee & Coach!

Overview of qualifications:

To qualify, applicants should possess a strong knowledge of the game of pickleball (understanding the rules, subtleties, and, of course, complete mastery of what is and isn’t a kitchen violation, etc.). Ideally, you have officiated previously (possibly in college, high school, at tournaments, Club, local leagues, etc.) or have coaching experience.

You may not be qualified if you have only been playing the game for just a few years. However, we have found that passionate players with good people skills can make very good refs and/or coaches, after a little training in the Big City way.

Referee & Coaching candidates should be available to work two or three evenings a week including weekends. For most weekday activities, you should be on-site around 6pm. Weekend and summer start times vary.


Build relationships with players, parents, and staff

Physically lift heavy equipment, move, run, sprint, and play

Physically demonstrate referee signals to participants

Follow the Big City Pickleball referee guidelines

Set up and Breakdown Pickleball nets and equipment

Ability to communicate clearly with players

Digital (email) communication via smartphone (report scores, coaching feedback, send photos, etc).

Requirements for the role

Proof of Vaccination required to enter all indoor facilities

21 years of age or older

Must be consistently available to work evenings 6pm-10pm and/or weekends 10-6pm

Knowledge of rules for officiating pickleball

Referee certifications are a plus but not required

Prior participation as an athlete/coach in a recreational, high school or collegiate program in pickleball

Previous coaching or instructing experience and ability to Coach Kids and Adults is a plus

Good people skills! Motivated and responsible candidates only, please!

Basic tech-savviness (owns/can operate a smartphone, good email communication skills)

We offer a wide variety of programming and we are currently searching for but not limited to:

Work in Brooklyn Queens Manhattan & the Hamptons

Coaches for Classes

Weekend programming


Great pickleball work environment!s

Flexible (weekly) schedule

Staff outings / pickleball matches

Complimentary Open Plays

Big City Pickleball Sports Apparel

Readiness to both referee AND coach is a plus, though we won’t turn you away if you are only comfortable doing one.

Security Positions

Additionally, we are also looking for individuals who can commit to running security at some of our locations. Responsibilities include: arriving on-time, communication with School & Big City Staff, checking ID’s, signing in players. (Must Have A Working Cell Phone AT ALL TIMES!!!) You will also be trained to set up pickleball equipment as well. You must be friendly, comfortable being around lots of people, be able to give clear directions, and stay in communication with everyone.

Become a Big City Pickleball Ref/Coach

Should you be selected for the next steps, moving forward, you must make time for 2 interview sessions. One officiating and one coaching, each for 2 hours.

What is your experience level playing pickleball? Have you ever played in high school/college/club (not mandatory)? How would you rate your skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)? *

Have you ever worked in the pickleball field before (ex: coaching, refereeing, supervising, etc.)? Please explain. *

Have you worked with kids before? If so, in what capacity and which age groups? *

Can you work Monday through Friday evenings at least 2-3 times a week and arrive to our locations by 6pm? *

Do you have weekend availability, if so how often? *

Which areas of the City are you able to work in?

Are you comfortable being in social settings with possibly 50 people or more? *

Are you familiar with Social Media Platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.? *