Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Strategy and Technique Clinic held at North Georgia Pickleball Club

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia

Today Tom Earley conducted his second summer clinic for Intermediate Plus Pickleball players. After three hours, the players are ready for competition in our 8th annual PB club tournament on September 5-7!

Gary Clark goes down of dehydration - Don't let this happen to you! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Palmetto Indoor Doubles Invitational


Hi to all Pickleball Players,

We hope that all of you are having a wonderful summer season! The Palmetto Indoor Doubles Invitational is being held in beautiful Aiken, South Carolina on August 16, 17 2014. There will be a meet and greet social for all players on Friday night August 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. sponsored by the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department.  

Deadline for mail in entries is July 31, 2014. On-line entry deadline is August 6, 2014. We hope to see you there!!

Cindy and Nancy
Tournament Directors

Monday, July 28, 2014

Adult Pickleball Clinic in Wake Forest, NC

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with the Wake Forest Pickleball Association to sponsor adult pickleball clinics on Tuesday evenings in August. The clinics will be offered from 6-7 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Pickleball Courts, located at 1226 N. White St.

The pickleball clinics are free and open to anyone ages 18 and older, but space is limited to the first 24 registrants.

Register online through Sunday, Aug. 3, at Anyone wishing to register will be required to set up a free account with a unique user name and password. The pickleball clinics can be found by selecting “Programs” then “Adult Athletics.”

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court with a plastic ball and paddle. Easy to learn the game can be played indoors or outdoors and as singles or doubles. No special apparel is required, and equipment will be provided for use by the clinic participants.

For more information about pickleball, contact Joe Vartanesian at

For more information about the pickleball clinics or registration, contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or

Pickleball popularity on the rise in Delray Beach

Published July 23, 2014 -
Pictured from right, Pickleball ambassador Josh Kalin preparing to serve as Merrill Beveridge gets ready to return. Pickelball a game that combines the sports of badminton, racquetball and tennis has caught on at Pompey Park and Delray Beach Community Center. (David DiPino, photo/david dipino / July 23, 2014)

The Picklelball craze combining the best of badminton, racquetball and tennis is becoming popular for residents of all ages and abilities at Pompey Park Recreation Center and Delray Beach Community Center.

The game can be played indoors or outdoors and is traditionally played on a badminton size court with a net similar to what's found in tennis but lowered to just under 3 feet. Pickleball players use a wooden paddle or hard plastic paddle to hit a ball similar to a plastic wiffle ball, serve underhand and allow the ball to bounce once on the opposing player's side before being returned.

"The Pickleball at Pompey Park is great because it's social open play matching up players of all skill levels," said Delray Beach resident and Pickleball aficionado Merrill Beveridge."We have four courts of games playing simultaneously."

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Cary will build pickleball courts in White Oak Park

Published July 24, 2014 -

CARY — Four players stood in the gymnasium of the Brier Creek Community Center in Raleigh, equipped with large paddles and a neon ball as holey as Swiss cheese.

The players lobbed the ball back and forth over a net. They carefully avoided the “kitchen,” a small rectangle near the net that’s off limits.

Was this a large-scale game of ping pong or a weird form of badminton? Maybe some sort of tennis match?

Nope, it was pickleball.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cary (NC) to construct permanent pickleball courts for $18K

Published July 18, 2014 -

Pickleballers: Your time is now. The town of Cary is installing three permanent pickleball courts at White Oak Park.

The installation, which will cost $18,000, was approved as part of the fiscal year 2014 town budget.

Starting Monday, contractors will be converting multi-purpose slabs into the town’s first dedicated pickleball courts, expected to be complete by August 15.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pickleball: Grant growing the sport on the Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Lifelong tennis player turned "Pickleballer" Rena Grant turned her love for the racket into a five-days-a-week obsession.
"Most every time when you mention Pickleball to someone, they'll turn up your nose," said Rena Grant, Pickleball Ambassador of Myrtle Beach. "What is 'Pickleball' and so you have to explain to them what Pickleball is."

Pickleball is a growing sport on the Grand Strand that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis.

According to the USA Pickleball Association website, pickleball was created in 1965 near Seattle as a backyard game for all ages.

The USAPA estimates there are now over 100,000 players actively playing Pickleball, and the Pickleball Ambassador for Myrtle Beach, Grant, is determined to add to that number one person at a time.

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Pickleball picks up fans at SummerGlen

The Pickle Pounders relished a big victory as they took top honors in the SummerGlen Pickleball Club Fun Days Tournament three-day series that wrapped up Thursday night.

"It's amazing everyone stayed, even with the rain delays," said team member Mike Field, as things wound down in the 84-game series.

Pickleball is gaining popularity at the SummerGlen community south of Ocala, just as it has been sweeping the nation, according to the USA Pickleball Association, which is based in Surprise, Arizona.

Ruth Rosenquist, in media relations with the association, said the name of the game is possibly either for the founder's ball-retrieving dog named Pickles or a type of boat popular in Washington state, where the game started.

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