Monday, January 9, 2017

Pickleball: The Fun, The Fanfare, The Exercise

Published January 9, 2017 -

There’s an addictive quality to the newest paddle sport called pickleball.
It’s easy to see why.
The game is played outside (or indoors) the players are congenial folks who are older in years, and you get to exercise at a pace that makes tennis look like a speeding bullet train.
Not that pickleball is a slow pokers game – quite to the contrary – it can have velocity and ferocity. But not the type you see at the US Open. The pickleball way is tamer and more lighthearted.
You don’t see fierceness or yelling on the courts (like in some tennis games). Instead you see players enjoying the challenge of running around a smaller playing field that allows them to spring into action even with a meniscus tear.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club reaches 500 member mark

Published January 4, 2017 -

Just 21 months after it was organized the Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club (CAPC) registered its 500th Member, Laura Moore of Canada City Michigan. Laura and her husband Dave are coming to the area in February to play Pickleball and enjoy the weather of South Alabama. The CAPC, the 7th largest Pickleball Club in the United States, promotes Pickleball, which is the fastest growing sport in America, by providing a free membership, venues for open play, free instruction, as well as a free Annual Club Tournament. There is a $3 per day facility fee at each of the venues. All CAPC opportunities can be found on the website

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Pickleball tournament raises funds and awareness for mental health efforts

Published January 5, 2017 -

On Saturday, January 7, the Gateway YWCA at 1300 S. Main St. (in Winston-Salem, NC) will hold a pickleball tournament to raise funds for the Mental Health Peer Support Center.

The sport of pickleball is not as popular as other sports – yet. It started in the Seattle, Washington, area in the 1970s. It is currently one of the fastest growing sports not only in North Carolina but in America. The game is similar in style to ping-pong and tennis.

The pickleball program started at the Gateway YWCA several years ago has expanded to providing play five days a week with as many as 50 players participating at a given time. Although mostly-popular with seniors age 50 and older, there are more younger people participating.

The Mental Health Peer Support Center is a place for people who are living and coping with a mental health struggle to be together with other like-minded individuals. Event coordinator Michele Todd Davis says because of her work with Green Tree mental health facilities along with personal experiences, this cause became a passion for her.

“I wanted to find out how to go about reaching the community to address the fact that it does exist because I think a lot of people deal with it but don’t deal with it,” said Todd Davis. “They have experiences with it but don’t know what they are going through.”

She says her working with Laurie Coker, who is the head of peer support for Green Tree, led to the birth of the tournament to help fund their facility. Her introduction to pickleball came as she went to attend a bootcamp style workout. Because the bootcamp was not there, she spotted people playing pickleball and wanted to find out more about the game. She said as soon as she put the paddle in her hand, the game became an “addiction” for her.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Pickleball: Pelican Landing hosts holiday tourney

Published January 2, 2017 -

The Pelican Landing community in Bonita Springs hosted its inaugural holiday "Pickle Jar Tourney" on Dec. 29. All community pickleball players in town and their visiting families were invited to play.

Nate Kemler, a USAPA member, organized it all. There were 40 participants using six courts, with many other family members cheering on the sidelines. First place team each won "The Jar", a trophy made from a jar of pickles, and the second place team won coupons for pickles.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pickleball Facility Grand Opening - Central Park, Plantation, Florida

Published December 11, 2016 -

Join the City of Plantation Parks & Recreation Department, along with the Plantation, Florida Pickleball Association, for the grand opening of 6 new courts on January 6, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

They will also host a small round-robin tournament.  Pre-registration is required. There will be music, free raffle door prizes, and light refreshments.

Central Park
9151 N.W. 2ND Street

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pickled Peach Valentine Classic Pickleball Tournament


The Athens Area Pickleball Association will be hosting the 3rd Pickled Peach Valentine Classic Tournament at The Classic Center February 10-12, 2017.

Pickleball is a combination sport of ping-pong, tennis and badminton played on a miniature tennis court with an oversized paddle and a ball that is similar to a whiffle ball.

“We are thrilled to have so much support from the community and all of our sponsors,” said co-chair Diane Carroll.

“Our main goal is to generate funds in hope of acquiring a dedicated pickleball venue and court in our community,” co-chair Iva King explains. “The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services has certainly helped in getting our sport out in view of the public.”

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Pickleball Tournament Raises Contribution to Ocala (FL) Domestic Violence Center


Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States.  It is commonly played in retirement communities which generally don't have much of an opportunity to compete against players from other areas.  The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest organized a regional tournament hosted by the On Top of the World Pickleball Club in Ocala in early November.  The event attracted almost 100 players who enjoyed the competition and lunch.  More than $2000 was raised from partners, exhibitors and players for a donation to the Ocala Domestic Violence Center.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cocoa Beach Pickleball Inaugural Play

The Space Coast's 16th pickleball facility opened on November 2, 2016.

Cocoa Beach Recreation Center and Gym
321 Ramp Rd
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Play Schedule:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 noon – 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All skill levels welcome.