Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pickleball at the Long Center

The Long Center is one of the newest places to play pickleball in Florida and is located in the Tampa Bay area in the city of Clearwater. Susan Forget, of Ontario Canada is one of the main reasons that pickleball was introduced to the area. She winters here in Florida and wanted a place to play and the information reported below was submitted to us by Susan.
"On March 12, we held our FIRST TOURNAMENT. By just spreading the word around among players we know, we had 54 players registered; 10 women's double, 15 men's double and 20 mixed double. We did not expect such a crowd, even though we were very pleased with it. The tournament lasted all day. Everybody was tired, but all the players were pleased with our facilities and enjoyed the double elimination format.
Here are the winners of our March 2012 tournament:
Men’s Doubles: Stu Kennedy and Keith Reynolds

Mixed Double : Keith Reynolds and Cheryl Kinnebrew

Women’s Doubles : Cheryl Kinnebrew and Mitsuko Onisihi
We are now playing 4 days a week : Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to noon,  Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:00 pm and STARTING MAY 22ND, we will play TUESDAY NIGHT from 6:00 to 8:30 pm  .We will keep that schedule all summer.
Players who join our group are added to our e-mail list and when ever something comes up and we can't play we send out an e-mail to everyone. We also have a player, Alan Butler who just started an Advanced League for 4.0 players and up. This league plays a round robin format once a week on Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:30 pm.
It has been a great winter for us at The Long Center.  For the summer Bob Cicetti will be the person in charge and keep Pickleball going.  Bob and I love the game so much, we want to keep it here at The Long Center."

The players at the Long Center were fortunate to be interviewed on Fox news, and hope that more and more people who listened to the show will come and try the game. And Susan has this to say to those of you tennis players wondering if you should learn to play:
"for those who used to play tennis, THIS IS THE 2nd GENERATION OF TENNIS!"
. For those of you who missed the FOX 13 segment on Good Day Tampa Bay

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