Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pickleball Clinic To Be Offered At Parks And Recreation – Brevard NC

Published November 27, 2014 - www.transylvaniatimes.com
 
Pickleball is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country. Although it has been around since the '60s, it is just now catching on around the country and in many places around the world.

But what is it and why is it so exciting?

"First of all, it is a game played on a court half the size of a tennis court with paddles and a whiffle ball," said John Jessen, who runs weekly pickleball clinics at Transylvania County Parks and Recreation.

"It has all the strokes of tennis, but you do not have to be a tennis player in order to play the game. That's one of the reasons it is so much fun."

Anyone can learn to play. Players only have to cover an area about 10 by 15 feet, so less running is involved and the game is less stressful on the body.
 
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pickleball becomes huge hit at community center

Published November 25, 2014 - www.northfortmyersneighbor.com

Mike Welter of Cape Coral has built his life around a sport that is a combination of tennis and ping-pong, and he's not the only one.

Pickleball has become all the rage at the North Fort Myers Community Center. What started as a hearty group of six people and one court has become a huge hit, with more than 60 players coming in for the four sessions per week the center offers.

While many who play the game are seniors looking to stay in shape, there are some younger players who have fallen in love with it.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

North Carolina Holiday Smash Pickleball Tournament Huge Success

Submitted by Robert Nibarger, District Ambassador, Piedmont District - North Carolina
 
Holiday Smash Pickleball Round-Up
November 22, 2014 - Carolina Courts, Concord, NC

Over 120 Pickleball enthusiasts from the Atlantic South Region participated in the 1st Annual Holiday Smash Pickleball Tournament and Holiday Food Drive. Carolina Courts, the indoor host, was chosen because of the superior facilities which included over 80,000 square feet of indoor space, restrooms and a snack bar. Pickleball teams participated in a Round Robin tournament whereby each team plays each over 5 or more matches then plays a "head to head" match to determine bracket or age group winners. Carolina Courts has been chosen by the United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) to host the upcoming Atlantic South Pickleball Regionals scheduled for March of 2015. Local pickleball clubs from Bailey’s Glen Subdivision, Cornelius NC, and Sun City Carolina Lakes along with North Carolina USAPA Regional Pickleball Ambassadors provided volunteer support for the tournament. Special thanks to our Bailey's Glen and Sun City Pickleball volunteers.

Winners posted soon at www.carolinacourts.com.

Pickleball is one of fastest growing sports in the United States with over 2,000 places to play within the United States. For more information, please contact www.ncpickleball@aol.com and www.usapa.org

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Too cold to play? Bah! Humbug!

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia



Throughout the past two weeks of cold weather, if there was a degree over freezing and sunny skies (even the hint of sun!), the North Georgia Pickleball Club was on the courts! We had four courts with players waiting last Saturday; we cancelled Monday only because it was raining! This week we have players coming from Peachtree City (GA), Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN We also plan to play at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PTC locals dominate USAPA annual pickleball tournament

Published November 18, 2014 - www.thecitizennews.com


Tyson Sandlin and Chris O’Brien won decisively in their brackets during the first annual Pickled Peach Tournament held in Athens, Ga. Neither Sandlin nor O’Brien lost a game, which placed them against each other for the championship.

In a game normally played in 20 minutes, the two battled for 45 minutes. It was a contest of speed versus size. Sandlin was fast while O’Brien possessed long reach and a bigger size. Eventually Tyson squeaked past his longtime friend and fellow player, 15-14.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

USAPA Nationals VI in Buckeye, AZ

Congratulations to all the winners from the Atlantic South Region!

Gold Medalists
Joshua Elliott – The Villages, FL: 17-18 Junior Men’s Doubles, 13-14 Junior Men's Singles, 11-14 Junior Mixed Doubles
Rachel Elliott – The Villages, FL: 11-14 Junior Mixed Doubles
Robert Elliott – The Villages, FL: 19+ Men’s Doubles
Kyle Yates – Ft. Myers, FL: 19+ Men’s Doubles
Phil Bagley – The Villages, FL: 35+ Men’s Doubles, 35+ Mixed Doubles
Brian Staub – The Villages, FL: 35+ Men’s Doubles
Denise Boutin – The Villages, FL: 55+ Women’s Doubles
Alison Fulton – Lady Lake, FL: 55+ Women’s Doubles
Diane Bock – The Villages, FL: 60+ Mixed Doubles

Silver Medalists
Rachel Elliott – The Villages, FL: 11-14 Junior Women's Singles
Matt Staub – The Villages, FL: 19+ Mixed Doubles, Open Men’s Doubles
Diane Bock – The Villages, FL: 55+ Women’s Doubles

Bronze Medalists
Kyle Yates – Fort Myers, FL: 19+ Men’s Singles, Open Mixed Doubles
Brian Staub – The Villages, FL: 19+ Mixed Doubles, Open Men’s Doubles
Phil Bagley – The Villages, FL: Open Men’s Doubles
Jodi Elliott – The Villages, FL: 35+ Women’s Doubles
Lydia Willis – The Villages, FL: 35+ Women’s Doubles, Open Mixed Doubles
Byron Freso – Wimauma, FL: 55+ Men’s Doubles
Harriet Kalin – Delray Beach, FL: 75+ Women’s Singles

Saturday, November 15, 2014

University City YMCA Pickleball

Submitted by Robert Nibarger, District Ambassador, Piedmont District - North Carolina

The University YMCA of Charlotte kicked off its pickleball program on November 13th as members of the Bailey’s Glen Pickleball Club (Cornelius, NC), presented Pickleball 101, and informed players on basic rules, strokes and drills. The University YMCA is located at 8100 Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte, NC. According to USAPA Piedmont Ambassador Bob Nibarger, pickleball is growing “roots” in the Charlotte area as he receives calls almost weekly. To learn more about pickleball in the Piedmont Region of NC, send an email to ncpickleball@aol.com or visit www.usapa.org for places to play in NC.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickleball Education Program

Submitted by Robert Nibarger, District Ambassador, Piedmont District - North Carolina
 


Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickleball continues to promote the sport by conducting clinics for old and young alike.  Frank Kinder, local pickleball coordinator, recently conducted a two-day skills clinic.  Other clinics have featured Coach Moe and Deb Harris.  The Sun City program continues to grow with new courts scheduled in the near future.