Friday, May 22, 2015

Naples, FL: Home of the National Pickleball Championships

Published May 22, 2015 - www.naplesherald.com


Naples locals will find themselves in a bit of a pickle by the time next April comes around. Collier County has been selected to host the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The 2016 tournament will be the first of its kind and is projected to bring more than 1,000 athletes to the area.

Chris Evon, the executive director of the United States Pickleball Association (USAPA), estimated that there are more than 400,000 active pickleball players in the United States with pickleball facilities located in all 50 states. Although it is more popular among seniors, it is quickly becoming a widely-known sport among athletes of all ages.

“The culture is growing,” Evon said. “The sport has been around 50 years and it is really starting to take off. The average pickleball player is between 60 or 70 years old. The reason is because it is a great sport where you don’t have to cover a lot of area. If a player has an injury problem in their hip or shoulder, it’s easier on their joints then other sports. There is lots of technique and strategy involved and is very challenging, but the younger community is starting to grab on and there are very good high-level players.”

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fast growing sport of pickleball to be on display at rec center

Published May 20, 2015 - www.greenvilleonline.com

Pickleball on display

Pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis, will be on display at 6:30 p.m. May 28 and June 2 at the Tryon Recreation Center tennis courts on Oakland Avenue. Instructors will provide lessons and play games. The Greer Recreation Department invites area residents to come out and give it a try.

CLICK HERE to read more.





Registration underway for pickleball tourneys

Published May 13, 2015 - www.tbnweekly.com

SEMINOLE (FL) – Seminole Recreation and St. Pete Beach Recreation have partnered for two upcoming pickleball doubles tournaments.

The first will be held Thursday, June 4, 9 a.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 29.

The second tournament will be held at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Thursday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. Deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 21.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Want to learn to play pickleball?

Published May 20, 2015 - www.islandpacket.com

The Hilton Head Island (SC) Pickleball Club is hosting free public clinics at the Island Recreation Center at 20 Wilborn Road behind Hilton Head Island High School.

The clinics will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 1, 3 and 5, or 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 2 and 4. People can also come any weekday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

CLICK HERE to read.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Register for Englewood (FL) Indoor Pickleball League

​SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will host an indoor, mixed doubles pickleball league at the Englewood Sports Complex Gymnasium, 1300 S. River Road, each Monday from June 1 through July 20.

This fun, call-your-own league is open to players age 18 and older using USAPA rules. Cost is $30 per player and participants must register with a partner. T-shirt uniforms will be provided to each doubles team with awards given to first- and second-place finishers. Games will be played weekly between 12:30-2:30 p.m. along with practice times every Friday. The league is limited to 12 teams, so register now. The deadline is Wednesday, May 27.

This is a great opportunity for players to compete indoors and gain doubles experience in an organized setting. For more information, contact the Englewood Sports Complex at 941-861-1980.

Youth Pickleball Camp

Ages 10-15 will learn the basics of Pickleball from some of the best players on the Emerald Coast. The camp will run June 9-11 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Destin (FL) Community Center. The fee is $15 per resident and $20 per non-resident.

Register early, as space is limited, at www.cityofdestin.com or at the Center. Call 850-654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com for information.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Registration underway for pickleball tourneys

Published May 14, 2015 - www.tbnweekly.com

SEMINOLE – Seminole Recreation and St. Pete Beach Recreation have partnered for two upcoming pickleball doubles tournaments.

The first will be held Thursday, June 4, 9 a.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 29.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Register Now for Adult Pickleball Clinic

Published May 12, 2015 - www.wakeforestnc.gov

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will sponsor an adult pickleball clinic on Monday evenings from June 1 through July 6.

Designed for anyone who wants to learn or improve their pickleball skills, the clinic will be offered each Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Pickleball Courts, 1226 N. White St.

The clinic is free and open to anyone ages 18 and older, but space is limited to the first 32 registrants.

CLICK HERE to read more.