Friday, December 19, 2014

The Pickleball Effect

Posted December 18, 2014 -

I have to say, when I first heard there was a sport with the name Pickleball, I scoffed and did not give it another thought. I mean, come on, I consider myself a serious athlete, and the name alone oozed a comic, non-serious flavor that I initially turned my nose up to. A few months passed, and I kept on hearing mention of this game, a game named after the inventors dog, Pickles. I decided to peek my head into an area gymnasium and get a closer look. What I found was a group of people, ALL Ages, ALL skill levels, having a BLAST!! There were matches going on where the competition was top notch, as well as matches going on where the players were “newbies”, just learning how to play. The mix of all these types of players was AMAZING and from that moment on I have been ADDICTED!!

I now play EVERY chance I get, teach the game to anyone willing or wanting to pick up a paddle, sharing the game with EVERYONE I Can!! That is the reason for this blog!! I want to put into words and pictures everything that makes Pickleball so addictive, to show everyone the reasons behind this International Phenomenon!! I plan to travel to the ends of the state and beyond, introducing the people and players that are so colorful in personality and full of life, energy and enthusiasm!! My desire is that everyone experiences “The Pickleball Effect”!!

Four Warriors Going To Battle during the Pickleball Marathon at the YWCA in Winston Salem, NC!!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Clearwater (FL) hosts pickleball clinic

Published December 17, 2014 -

CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater will host a free pickleball clinic and exhibition from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex, 1000 Edenville Ave.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Lee County pickleball players impress at Senior Games

Published December 15, 2014 -

Mike Welter couldn't have been more pleased.

Not only did the Cape Coral resident win three medals in three days of pickleball competition at the Florida Senior Games, but he certainly wasn't alone in his accomplishments.

"I'm very, very proud of the Lee County players," said Welter. "They have done really, really well here. We were amazing in singles."

How good? Five-gold medal good.

Among them was Fort Myers' Barry Waddell who defended his 50-54 singles, mixed and men's doubles titles this weekend.

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Senior Games concludes with more local gold

Published December 14, 2014 -

The Florida International Senior Games & State Championships concluded Sunday in Lee County after nine days of competition featuring nearly 2,200 athletes over the age of 50.

When the final pickleball match ended Sunday evening at the Estero Recreation Center, it closed out more than 33 hours of the game between Friday and Sunday.

Barry Wadell teamed with Robert Denmark, both of Fort Myers, to win his third pickleball gold medal in men's doubles. The duo repeated as champions in the 50-54 age group. Waddell won the men's singles 50-54 age group gold medal Friday and teamed with Kimberly Shaw to win a mixed doubles 50-54 age group medal Saturday. Waddell and Denmark won all three matches in two games Sunday after Waddell and Shaw were pushed to three games in all four of their wins on Saturday.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Local pickleball players golden at Florida Senior Games

Published December 12, 2014 -

Six local pickleball players were victorious in singles competition at Estero Community Park on Friday. Fort Myers’ David Warner won his fourth consecutive gold medal in the 60-64 age group, taking three matches en route to the championship. He defeated Guy Gauthier, also of Fort Myers, in the final, 11-2, 7-11, 11-1.

Cape Coral’s Robert Welter was undefeated in four matches and won his third gold medal in four years. He defeated Michael Thaler, of Briny Breezes, 11-9, 11-9, in the championship match of the 60-64 age group. Welter won the same age group in 2013 and the 55-59 age group gold in 2011.

In women’s singles, Bonita Springs’ Kimberly Shaw rebounded from a three-game loss to Meg Krenzer, of Hilton, NY, to win a 15-point championship match, 15-4. Krenzer lost to Shaw in the second round and won three elimination bracket games to set up a rematch in the championship round.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pickleball? It’s seniors’ new thing

Published December 10, 2014 -

Most Mooresville (NC) residents have probably never played Pickleball, or even heard of it. But it’s a recreational activity that’s gaining steam in the area, one that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong to become popular with local seniors.

Pickleball is not a new sport, as according to the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) it was invented in 1965 by three fathers looking to create a new game to alleviate their children’s summertime boredom. However, the game has recently grown a local following, leading the Mooresville Recreation Center to add weekly play times at both the War Memorial Center and Talbert Recreation Center.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cornelius Parks Summer Pickleball Youth Camp 2015

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

Planned growth is the theme for Cornelius North Carolina Pickleball as the local parks department is planning for Youth Summer Pickleball Camps beginning next year. Pickleball is alive and well in the Charlotte NC area. However, there are several gaps. These gaps include limited gym space for indoor play, limited evening hour availability, lack of youth programs and not offering pickleball to all age groups. At least one of these gaps, no youth programs, will be addressed this next summer. Note: Earlier in the year the local pickleball club (Bailey’s Glen) challenged a group of students at Hugh High School. While the club won the first event, the students pledge to get revenge on the courts. The summer youth camp details are not available at this time but a meeting has been requested between the Parks Department and local pickleball enthusiasts representing the USAPA.

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