Monday, March 23, 2015

Floyd County (GA) welcomes new sport called pickleball

Published March 22, 2015 -

Serves up! Pickleball is a newcomer in the Floyd County sporting community.

Pickleball is described as a combination of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton that uses oversized wooden paddles and wiffle ball. While the court is a similar setup to tennis, the court is smaller and the net is slightly lower.

The game is typically played in doubles, decreasing the amount of court that has to be covered per player as well.

Bob Hood, pickleball coordinator of the Parks and Recreation Authority, discusses the global nature of this unique sport,

“Pickleball is the most fun game you can play. It has been played since 1965, but has exploded over the past 20 to 30 years. It is also the fastest growing game in the United States at this time, and around the world there are over 400,000 pickleball players.”

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sun City's Lowcountry Pickleball Classic returns in April

Published March 17, 2015 -

The second annual Low Country Pickleball Classic will be held again in Sun City April 17 through April 19.

The women's doubles match will kick off the tournament at noon Friday, April 17 and a Lowcountry boil will be held that day at 7 p.m. at a cost of $15 per person.

Mixed doubles will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18 followed by men's and women's singles at 6 p.m. Men's doubles will take place at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Pickleball picking up steam with women

Published March 13, 2015 -

It’s true, most of the “girls” playing pickleball enjoy the social aspect of the game and head out to the courts for fun. Improving their skills and having a little friendly competition is great but it has to be fun.

Fun is just what they had when the Highlands Ridge Pickle Pals invited Tanglewood’s Sweet Pickles to meet at the Sun ‘n Lake courts recently. They switched partners and opponents after each 10-minute game to give the ladies a chance to meet one another on the courts before the social time that followed play.

Sue Schinderle started the Pickle Pals this year and planned the meeting with Tanglewood. Susan Price coordinated the Highlands Ridge team and was joined by Sandi Cisler, Karen Dorman, Candy Gilles, Donna Landers, Judy Majick, Deborah Morgan, Beth Morishige, Pat Olesek, Cheryl Racicot, Phyllis Reeves, Susan Shaner, Deb Stewart and Joan White.

Price explained that Pickle Pals has allowed more ladies to feel comfortable about coming onto the courts where experienced ladies and beginners play without having to compete with men. Pickle Pals has expanded beyond the courts with social events hosted in players’ homes.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Most Improved

 Posted March 11, 2015 -

Celia Babcock (third from right in bottom row) was presented the Most Improved Pickle Ball Player award of 2015 at the Canton (GA) Family YMCA on Friday, March 6.

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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources’ Fourth Annual Pickleball Slam

Published March 12, 2015 -

Registration deadline nears for county’s fourth annual Pickleball Slam tournament

SARASOTA COUNTY – If you are one of the millions caught up in the pickleball craze, there is still time to enter Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources’ Fourth Annual Pickleball Slam.

This year’s tournament takes place over three days at two locations to accommodate more players and skill levels. Competition will be held on the indoor and outdoor courts at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, and the indoor courts at Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, Wednesday-Friday, March 25-27. The registration deadline is Friday, March 13.

The Slam is an open-play tournament, double elimination, USAPA rules. Players may compete in up to two events; Men’s (March 25), Women’s (March 26) or the Mixed Doubles (March 27) Divisions. The cost is $10 for first event, $5 for second event.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Highlands Ridge takes league championship

Published March 4, 2015 -

SEBRING — On Sunday the top five teams in the South Central Florida Pickleball League met at the Sun ‘n Lake courts to determine this year’s league champions.

Unlike regular season play, where the A, B, C and D partners on each squad play against all of the pairs from the opposing team, “shootout” play matched only pairings at the same level. Points were awarded for each win, but varied according to the rankings. Ten points were up for grabs in meetings between ‘A’ rated teams, with seven points on the line for ‘B’ team matchups. The ‘C’ rated matches were worth five points and three points were up for grabs in the ‘D’ matches.

In round one, teams played the best two of three games to 11 points. Tanglewood, who finished second in regular season play, met fifth place Sun ‘n Lake. Tanglewood’s A team of Wayne Buck and Debi Yandell defeated Barb Taylor and Linda Kramer 11-9, 11-5. In the B flight, the Sun ‘n Lake duo of Ross Myles and John Prentice took Tanglewood’s Mark Telfer and Grant McLaughlin in three games, 11-3, 7-11, 11-4.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Pickleball makes debut Thursday in Rome

Published March 2, 2015 -

A sport with an unusual name may lure Rome’s active adult community into even more activity as pickleball starts up Thursday at the Thornton Recreation Center.

Pickleball is a game similar to tennis, according to Tammy Bryant, special populations coordinator for the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority,

“It is sort of a combination of tennis and ping pong,” she explained. “It can be played indoors or outdoors. The net is lower and the paddles are bigger.”

Bryant said the game is a great alternative for seniors who are worried about the stress a full game of tennis could put on their bodies.

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Pickleball comes to Golden Isles

Published March 2, 2015 -

Charlie Crawley figured his love of tennis would keep him fit and healthy throughout his retirement years.

But then his knees began to make the boundaries of that court appear more and more expansive, and that little yellow ball all the more elusive.

“My knees just wouldn’t let me do it,” the St. Simons Island resident said. “It just became too much.”

Fortunately, Charlie and wife Susan Crawley have discovered pickleball.


“I usually get a smile when I mention it,” Crawley said. “Then I explain what it is.”

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