Sunday, October 19, 2014

Players drive from The Villages for Pickleball Competition in Sun City Center, FL

Published October 18, 2014 - www.photonews247.com



SUN CITY CENTER, FL – The Pickleball Tournament in Sun City Center attracted players all the way from The Villages, Florida for a chance to win a medal and say hello to friends. The competition was part of the 34th Annual Tampa Bay Senior Games 2014.

The video features three teams that include Lewis & Jane from Kings Point. And from The Villages there is Mark & Kandy and Diane and Mark Bock.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Englewood pickleball courts to open

Sarasota County (FL) Parks and Recreation will host a grand opening celebration for its newly designed outdoor pickleball courts at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, at 10 a.m. Friday, October 24, 2014.

This free event will showcase the six permanent pickleball courts and feature demonstrations by the Englewood Pickleball Club. Loaner paddles and balls for recreational play and light refreshments will round out the event. The recognition ceremony is planned for 10-10:30 a.m., followed by open court time until noon. 

This event, open to the public, is a great opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind facility in Sarasota County, learn about this popular game and discover all that the Englewood Sports Complex has to offer.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

Davie renovates and improves pickleball courts

Published October 16, 2014 - www.sun-sentinel.com


Pickleball continues to grow in popularity, and Davie has taken notice.

The town recently renovated and improved the courts at Pine Island Park. The courts received a sports surface coating, each now has a tennis-style net attached to permanent posts, and the work expanded the number of courts from five to six.

"The courts were concrete gray with white court lines," said Phillip Holste, the town's development administrator. "Three of the courts were laid out east/west, and the afternoon sun is a problem with players. The courts will now be blue with white lines, and the surrounding area between and around the courts will be green. This color scheme adds a look of professionalism to the courts. In addition, all courts are laid north/south, which will eliminate any problems with players looking directly into the sun when playing."

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Connestee Pickleball Tournament Raises $8,000 – Connestee Falls NC

Published www.transylvaniatimes.com

On Sept. 26 and 27, pickleball players from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia participated in an Advanced and Intermediate round robin tournament at the Connestee Falls pickleball facility. This was the fourth year of the tournament and funds raised have increased every year.

Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country, is a hybrid of tennis, racquetball, and ping pong. The court is about one third the size of a tennis court, the paddle is the size of a racquetball paddle, and the ball is similar to a Wiffle ball. The fast-paced game has become very popular with seniors because it provides lots of exercise but involves shorter running distances than tennis, and is consequently less strenuous for aging knees.
 
The $8,000 was raised through sponsorships by local businesses, registration fees for players, donations from Connestee Falls residents, and a raffle. The tournament was part of the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program that raised approximately $60,000 for Transylvania County students this year.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pickleball in Peachtree City, GA

Pickleball demonstrations and free lessons will be given on October 12, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the Peachtree City Tennis Center on Planterra Way. Pickleball, the great game with the funny name, is coming to PTC. Members of the “Sun City Pickleball Club” will give demonstrations and free lessons. Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong and is easily played by all ages, indoors and outdoors. Peachtree City resident Joel Kinsman has been appointed Ambassador for the “PTC Pickleball League”. Any inquiries or to RSVP, contact Joel at PTCpickleball@aol.com or call 770-487-0071.

Pickleball taught at the NC Recreation and Parks Annual Conference


During Sept. 21 – 23, the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association held their Annual Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina. Parks and Recreation directors, program leaders and staff from across the state gathered for this three day event. Calvin Vaughn, Guilford County Ambassador conducted two “Pickleball for All” sessions at the conference. Session One focused on how to start, fund, sustain and provided an introduction to the fundamentals of a Pickleball Program. Session Two was a hands-on demo of the game. The demo session was set up in the vendor main hall where 100s of parks and recreation staff, vendors and convention staff got to watch and participate. One NC Recreation and Parks Board Member said, “Pickleball was the highlight and one of the more exciting parts of the conference.” Many were excited about implementing Pickleball into their programming. Joe Borrelli, the NC Eastern Regional District Ambassador was a great help in providing support to Calvin and teaching beginners during both sessions.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Winter Garden Pickleball Doubles Tournament

Winter Garden, Florida is having its first Pickleball Tournament. Dates for the tournament are November 8, 9 2014.  On-line registration is open and can be accessed by going to www.pickleballspecialties.com tournament page and click the Register Now button for the Winter Garden tournament.

This will be an age level/skill tournament. We are looking forward to a great weekend of Pickleball in Winter Garden!   Hope to see all of you there!

Cindy and Nancy
Tournament Directors



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pickleball Craze Rolls into Alpharetta (GA)

Published September 25, 2014 - http://patch.com/georgia/alpharetta/pickleball-craze-rolls-alpharetta


 
The pickleball passion has now reached the city of Alpharetta.

This sport, which is growing in popularity due to its easy learning curve, is a combination of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong and can be played by residents of all ages.

Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department will offer pickleball at the Wills Park Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. The center sits at 11925 Wills Road.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this free program and equipment will be provided for athletes.

For more information, call 678-297-6140 or activeadults@alpharetta.ga.us.