Friday, July 15, 2016

Venice Community Center to offer evening pickleball

Published July 15, 2016 - www.mysuncoast.com

SARASOTA CO., Fla. (WWSB) - The Venice Community Center will begin offering evening pickleball on Mondays beginning July 18.

The open play session will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Monday. This is in addition to the morning open play on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and the afternoon advanced play from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Seniors participate in Delray Beach Senior Games, quality for state competition

Published July 1, 2016 - www.delraynewspaper.com


A total of 110 pickleball players from across South Florida recently participated in the 27th Annual Delray Beach Senior Games, a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games State Championships, which will be held Dec. 3-11, in Clearwater.

While the 2016 edition of the Delray Beach Senior Games was dominated by pickleball play at Pompey Park, 1102, NW Second St., and Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW First Ave, events for basketball skills, billiards, bowling, Croquet, golf, swimming, racewalk and track & field, took place at venues across Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.

“I started playing pickleball about two years ago. I would describe pickleball as mix of tennis, ping pong and racquetball,” said Jack Donadio, a resident of Palm Isles in Boynton Beach. “Pickleball is easier on my knees than tennis. I play about three times a week.”
Donadio won two medals in the competition.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Myrtle Beach Seaside Classic

The Myrtle Beach Seaside Classic will be held September 9-11, 2016, at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center in South Carolina.  The sports center is a beautiful indoor facility that will accommodate 25 indoor pickleball courts.  

The event will kick off on Thursday, September 8 with player clinics in the afternoon. A meet-and-greet dinner will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with great food, entertainment, and door prizes!

Singles has been added to this tournament and they will be played on Sunday, September 11. There is an additional $5 fee for the singles events.

You may register online at pickleballspecialties.com.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Georgia State Games Pickleball Championships

Pickleball Madness Heads for the Georgia Games
150 participants register for Championship event 

MARIETTA, Ga.— The Georgia State Games are excited to kick off the second annual Pickleball Championships this weekend at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, GA.

The tournament runs Friday through Sunday with singles starting at 12 p.m. Friday, doubles at 7 a.m. Saturday and mixed singles and doubles at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Last summer was the first year Pickleball was offered as a Georgia Games Championship Event and has already grown to become one the largest Pickleball tournaments in the state in year No.2 , with more than 150 registered participants.

“We knew the sport of Pickleball was growing pretty rapidly when we introduced it last summer,” said Georgia Gamed Executive Director Eric Pfiefer. “We only opened it up to Georgia residents last year, but this year we have people coming from as far as New York, we’re really excited about how popular it has become.

The tournament will be a professionally operated event and will follow all USA Pickleball rules and regulations. Competition will be divided into six age groups and will be combined if necessary. 

Participants receive a Georgia Games t-shirt and a Pickleball Central drawstring bag as part of the registration fee. 

For additional information about the 2016 Georgia Games Pickleball Championships visit georgiagames.org/2016-pickleball-championships, or contact Wesley Long at staff.wesley.long@georgiagames.org or 757-593-7130.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jaffe’s Jewish Jive: How I Got Pickled

Published June 15, 2016 - www.atlantajewishtimes.com


Being one to stay fit and well read on topics of senior fitness, I wondered what all the fuss was about pickleball. I read that The Villages community in central Florida has 162 pickleball courts and a line to play starting in the early morning.

A combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong,
pickleball started in Seattle in 1965. It’s a game for all ages; thus, it’s not so senior-oriented. You have to have quick reflexes and be able to move about the court.

Linda Cahn, an ex-tennis jock, said: “It’s a misnomer that Pickleball is for older people. I get a good workout, and it’s quick, quick, quick — and more fun than yoga.”

The serving is easy. The court is smaller than a tennis court, and you have to wait for a bounce before charging the net.

Learning about five basic rules is a priority and is not difficult. I was told about “the kitchen area,” a sometimes forbidden, lined-off rectangle close to the net. (I wonder if that term originated from men who want to stay out of the kitchen and not do dirty dishes.)


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Amazing Suncoast Woman: Babs Dembroski

Published June 8, 2016 - www.mysuncoast.com

Babs Dembroski will turn 89 on October 15th. But she's more active than most teenagers.

"I run every morning and then I do yoga and then I go to the gym to work out, then I do pickle ball."

She plays pickle ball several times a week since discovering it here at the Euclid, when she moved to Sarasota (FL) a couple of years ago.

"It keeps you young, it makes you feel good and keeps you active so you can meet a lot interesting people and get out of the house."

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring pickleball classic held in Towns County

Published May 26, 2016 - www.claycountyprogress.com


The Georgia Mountain Spring Pickleball Classic was held at the Towns County Pickleball Complex in Hiawassee, Friday-Sunday, May 20-22. More than 260 players from the local area and from a dozen states traveled to Hiawassee for the event. Competitors and spectators traveled from as far away as Florida, Michigan and Colorado.

Volunteers from the Georgia Mountain Pickleball Club as well as several members of Hayesville's Mountain Lakes Pickleball Club assisted in setting up for the tourney and managing other activities.

Professional players presented clinics on Thursday prior to the tourney for players to improve their game skills. Nationally-ranked players Deb Harrison, Dee Ahern and Byron and Marsha Freso led the well-attended clinics.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

USA Masters Games: Big News!

USA Masters Games

Pickleball will be included for the first time as one of the sports at the USA Masters Games for the first time, July 22-24, 2016.  The Games fee has been reduced to $60 per person.  Registration is open through June 30, 2016.  Get in the Games today!

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