Sunday, April 20, 2014

'Pickleball' craze sweeping through retirement communities across the South

MARIETTA, Ga. - The newest sports craze sweeping through retirement communities across the country has reached Cobb County, with lessons and open court time available at local recreation centers and parks.
It's called "pickleball."
Enthusiasts and instructors had a pickleball exhibition recently at the Fullers Recreation Center off Robinson Road in east Cobb County.
Shouts of "I got it" filled the air along with the "pong, pong, pong" sounds of a hollow ball being batted back and forth by two ladies swinging paddles at center court.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The new game in town: Pickleball craze reaches Cobb rec centers, parks

MARIETTA - The newest sports craze sweeping through retirement communities across the country has reached Cobb, with lessons and open court time available at local recreation centers and parks.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pickleball: There’s a new game in town

Cobb PARKS is offering a new program called Pickleball and there will be an exhibition 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the gym at Fullers Recreation Center, 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta. Pickleball ambassadors will demonstrate the very basics of the game. Open Pickeball sessions will begin at Fullers on April 14 and run 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through May 30.

Pickleball is a simple game designed for all ages and any athletic ability level. The game combines elements of badminton, tennis, racquet ball and ping-pong, and is played on a badminton-sized court. It is played as a singles game or doubles game.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Two New Tellico Village Amenities Break Ground in Eastern Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

America’s fastest growing sport is blazing the trails in Eastern Tennessee. Pickleball has been around since the mid 1960’s and is popular with today’s Baby Boomers because it’s physically easier than tennis and is more social. Players can easily talk with each other because of being closer to the net.

Keeping up with demands, eight lighted Pickleball courts are under construction at the Tellico Village Wellness Center. The Pickleball Club membership has grown quickly at Tellico Village, one of the best master-planned communities in Eastern Tennessee. In just five years, there are 350 Pickleball Club members with a waiting list to join the club. The Wellness Center land parcel is huge and has plenty of elbow room for new Tellico Village amenities. The proposed site plan includes 4 more Pickleball courts, 2 more tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor infinity edge pool, community gardens and Performing Arts Theater.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pickleball gaining popularity in Northeast Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Pickleball has been called the fastest growing sport in the country.

There are 6,000 places to play pickleball around the country, and dozens of courts and groups around the First Coast that are gaining traction.

Despite what the name would suggest, there are no pickles actually involved in pickleball. It's a modified tennis-style game played with wiffle balls and tennis-elbow friendly paddles.

"We play on courts half the size of tennis courts," said 71-year-old George Catalano.

He's been playing since 2006, after having both knees replaced.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Profile: Pickle Ball Queen

When Myrtle Beach resident Rena Grant moved from Tabor City, N.C., to central Pennsylvania, the U.S. was newly engaged in World War II. Shortly after her move, at just 19 years old, she found a job through a friend that almost tripled her weekly pay. She went from bookkeeping at $18 a week in Wilmington, N.C., to $50 a week working at an aeronautics company making airplane parts for the war effort. There she would eventually meet her husband, Richard Grant, have children, and return to her first loves, athletics and volunteering.

Rena Grant was recently chosen as the City of Myrtle Beach’s Volunteer of the Year from among 600 volunteers, an honor for which she received a $500 cash stipend. Grant volunteered some 788 hours in 2013, mostly on the pickle ball courts at the Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium. She celebrated her 90th birthday in November.

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Clear One Deadline Approaching

Hi to all Pickleball Players,
The Clear One Skill/Age tournament deadline is approaching! On-line registration is open until Sunday, March 30. The direct link for registration is

 Embassy Suites Hotel, Orlando North, located at 225 Shorecrest Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701 is offering Suites for $99 a night. This includes a King or Two Queens in a closed off bedroom, with separate living space, Wi-Fi, made to order hot breakfast , free parking, pool, exercise room and other hotel amenities. Please book as soon as possible, rooms are limited. Use CODE "PKL" and let them know you are with the "Pickleball Doubles Invitational Tournament."  You may also call the hotel directly at 407-834-2400 or 1-800-362-2779 (24 hrs.) to make your reservations.  



Pickleball Palooza Tournament

April 26, 2014

Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach, FL

A1A (3rd Street) and Florida Blvd

10:00am- finish

Beginners to 3.0 level, all ages

Establish your playing level at

You are invited to join us for a casual blind draw doubles tournament and social!
Food, beverages and equipment provided.
We have six courts available for the tournament and a practice/warm-up court.
Awards presented to the winners.

Please bring a chair, sunscreen, and
be ready for FUN!

Players meeting at 9:30am
Teams drawn at 9:45am

Double Elimination Tournament to Follow

Registration Fee $10.00 
(Part of the fee will be shared with the Neptune Beach Senior Center)      

RSVP by April 22, 2014 to