Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hi Pickleball Players,

We would like to let you know that South Florida will be having a New Skill Level Tournament. The "First Annual Riverbend Classic" on December 10th and 11th. Riverbend Motorcoach Resort is the first to build new outdoor Pickleball Courts in the South Florida area.

On Saturday December 10th, Men's Doubles will begin at 10:00am while Women's Doubles will begin at 1:00pm.

Mixed Doubles will be held on Sunday, December 11th with play beginning at 8:30. It is a Double Elimination Tournament, and awards will be given.

For full details about the event, lodging available, along with registration forms CLICK HERE.

Come and have a great day of Pickelball, meet new people, and enjoy Riverbend.

Deadline for entry is December 3rd, don't miss out on this new event! Any questions or need a partner, please call.

Tournament Directors
Nancy Meyer
Cindy Eddleman

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pickleball group donates Thanksgiving meal certificates to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
TheVllagesDailySun.com, November 19,2011

THE VILLAGES — While the Good Guys Pickleball Group enjoys a healthy dose of competitive spirit on the court, on Thursday morning they put down their paddles for a moment to showcase their giving spirit.

Clockwise from bottom left: Villagers Oliver Welch, Arnie Nelson, Monica Chang-Hunt and Dave Gee look over the 21 Publix Holiday Dinner certificates they presented to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Food Pantry representatives Ruth Mazurski and Terri Schleich. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sun City Veterans Day Tournament Raises Over $5,000

The first ever Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL) Veterans Day pickleball tournament was a big hit for target charity, Columbia, SC based, Hidden Wounds (http://hiddenwounds.org/). Over $5,000 was raised as donations poured in throughout the two day event

Players from all over North and South Carolina and as far away as Georgia came to attend. Participants in both doubles and mixed doubles were treated to cool morning temperatures but sunny skies and lots of competitive play. SCCL residents and local sponsors provided snacks, drinks, and lunch to players during tournament hours. Resident hosts served as court officials, provided golf cart transportation, and even housing to visiting players. A Friday night banquet featured wine and pasta along with live music, dancing, sing-alongs, and even an appearance by Sun City Hilton Head’s famous dancing pickle!

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Tournament director and USAPA ambassador, Frank Kinder presented a $5,000 dollar check, along with a plaque and tee shirt commemorating the event to Hidden Wounds co-founder and director, Chris Younts, during the banquet on behalf of the SCCL club. Frank passed along his gratitude for all of the wonderful sponsors and the many volunteers who made the tournament such a spectacular event.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Come out and compete at the 2011 Florida Senior Games Pickleball State Championships on December 3 - 5, 2011 at Kelly Recreation Center in Lakeland. Get ahead of the game by registering online at www.flasports.com.

**Matches will be held outdoors on modified tennis courts, using indoor/outdoor balls**


Click the link below to book your room today or call Global JBS Destination Solutions toll-free at 866-922-0020. Don't miss out on these incredibly low rates reserved just for you!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Florida Sports Foundation toll-free at 866-FLGAMES (866-354-2637) or games@flasports.com
 We look forward to seeing you at the Games!

Florida Sports Foundation
2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 101
Tallahassee, Florida 32309
Toll-free: 866-354-2637
Local: 850-488-8347

Tuesday, November 15, 2011




Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Singles and Mixed

Wednesday,March 7, 2012
Solivita, Poinciana, Florida

For Men and Women 50 Years and Over
EventManager – Mike Holtzclaw

Call or email NOW to request an entry booklet that will be mailed the first week of January 2012


Registration deadline is February 8

SCCL Pickleball Club Donates Nets to Indian Land School

Submitted by  Frank Kinder
Ambassador, Indian Land, SC

The Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL) Pickleball Club in Indian Land, SC not only taught pickleball to Indian Middle School (ILMS) students, they also donated two portable nets to help jump start the program. USAPA member Luis Lopez organized the event held the last week in October.

Several members of the SCCL Club worked with students during daily physical education classes. The USAPA nets were purchased by the Club and donated during a presentation ceremony following the week long event. Pictured below are Luis and USAPA ambassador Frank Kinder presenting the new nets to ILMS Principal David McDonald, along with Physical Education teachers Jessica Hardy and Kevin Mager, as students patiently stand by.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Greensboro Sportsplex Offers Pickleball and Chair Volleyball for Seniors
http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/   City News/ 11/19/11

Now through December 20, the Greensboro Sportsplex will offer clinics for two non-traditional sports, pickleball and chair volleyball. Clinics will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 am for seniors 55 years and over. Sessions are designed for all levels of ability. The game of pickleball is played with a wooden racquet and combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Chair volleyball is played with a beach ball and a modified volle'yball layout. The clinics are free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

Click Here for Greensboro Sportsplex location and contact information

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PRWEB.com -  November 2, 2011

The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) is pleased to present the 2011 USAPA National Pickleball Tournament in Buckeye Arizona with play November 6-14th. With its unique name, pickleball is rapidly growing into an international sport for players of all ages.

Over 420 pickleball players will be participating in this year’s National Pickleball Tournament from 31 states and provinces. Events include singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in open, senior, adult, young adult and junior divisions.

Summer Pickleball in Franklin, NC

The Franklin, NC, Pickleball Group has enjoyed their newly resurfaced courts at our Recreation Park over the summer. With the cooler months rapidly approaching, and our summer folks returning to warmer climes, we are headed indoors to the Armory. At the National Guard Armory (active NG Armory) we have 3 courts for indoor play. About 25 of us got together at a local Mexican Restaurant to "say good-bye" to our summer folks and it was wonderful!

We will be playing until mid-December when we break for the holidays and then resume after the New Year. Visitors are always welcome. They can contact us for play details if they will be in the area.

Click here for  photos of the resurfaced courts and our Pickleball Players enjoying the last of the outside play!

Beginner Clinics in Aiken........

Submitted by
Loretta Beckner
Ambassador, Aiken, SC

I just finished giving my first beginner's pickleball class today.
We met for four consecutive Mondays, an hour each time, followed by an
hour of open practice time. I ended up with nine students, so two of
our regular pickleball players helped me out. It was a lot of fun and
we generated good enthusiasm. All of the players caught on so well
and I believe all of them will become regulars at our pickleball

We now have a court designated just for beginners at Odell Weeks.
Whenever there are two or more beginners, they can use the court to
practice and/or play. When they feel comfortable to play with the
more advanced players, they are welcome to do so.

I'm sending along a photo taken at today's class:

From left to right:
Susan Andrew, Loretta Beckner, Paul Baltzell, Bobby Starks, Marsha
Isenhour, Jean Fishel and Sherry Moor. (Missing from photo are Sherry
Baltzell, Sue Stutman, and Wendy Hilliard).

I'm hoping to give more classes in the first of the year....I think it
will really help grow the sport here in Aiken.