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, or contact Wesley Long at or 757-593-7130.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jaffe’s Jewish Jive: How I Got Pickled

Published June 15, 2016 -

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 -

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 -

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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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Atlantic South Regional Players Take Home the Hardware

From Regional Director Karen Parrish
What an amazing experience it was for everyone in attendance at the 2016 US Open Pickleball Championships! The Atlantic South Region showed that we are a force to be reckoned with:

Gold Medals – 33     Silver Medals – 41     Bronze Medals – 37

Congratulations to our very own District Ambassador Jim Ludwig and the Spirit Promotions Team of Terri Graham and Chris Evon as well as Creative Director and Social Media Director Johnathan Clay, Co-Tournament Directors Dan Whitley and Tom Utterback, and US Open Media and Hospitality Director Connie Martin in addition to the countless number of volunteers including referees. There aren’t enough words to say how much we appreciate your hard work and dedication and look forward to next year’s tournament. 

Pickleball was on the map before, but this tournament has launched us to the next level. For complete results and pictures make sure you check out their website at

IMPORTANT:  Play from the tournament will be televised on CBS SPORTS NETWORK on May 20 and May 23 at 7PM (ET).

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Goose Creek Pickleball Tournament

The first Pickleball Tournament held at the Goose Creek Community Center on April 28, 2016 was a huge success!  Twenty-six (26) teams, with players from all over the Charleston, SC area competed in the double elimination, random draw tournament. There were five (5) beginner teams, twelve (12) intermediate teams, and nine (9) advanced teams.

Beginner Division:

1st place: Kelly Bocock & Leticia Kenty

2nd place: Linda Crace & Jim Moseley

Intermediate Division:

1st place: Mark Cohen & Gene Borzendowski (our Recreation staff member who filled in last minute!)

2nd place: Mike Hutchinson & Charlotte Proper

Advanced Division:

1st place: Kim Fravhiger & Sam Shaw

2nd place: Paula Belfiore & Barb Doughty

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Funny name can’t dissuade pickleball’s loyal following

Published April 29, 2016 -

A little-known sport with a funny name, pickleball inspires a passionate following. Just look around the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships at East Naples Community Park this week.

Nearly 1,000 players have descended on Southwest Florida from all over the country for what is the sport’s largest tournament ever. It’s not only people in town, but entire pickleball clubs that travel nationwide to compete.

Groups from Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia and Utah popped their tents and flew their flags in East Naples Community Park on Friday. The clubs set up lawn chairs and dipped into coolers between the hundreds of skill-level matches during Day 3 of the U.S. Open.

“We all love the game,” said Mike Murphy, 61, who traveled with a group of six from Cleveland, Ohio. “We love the competition, and you need to travel to play the better players.”

While they came from all around to test each other, Sheena Maclean-Bell likely traveled the farthest to seek out top competition. The 39-year-old tennis coach crossed an ocean to be in Naples this week.

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