Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pickleball -From Sadie Hawkins Day to the Greek Isles

Submitted by Steve Arlen,
Solivita Smashers Pickleball Club
Poinciana, Fl

The Sadie Hawkins Event in Solivita encouraged all of the female members of our club to ask a male member to be her partner. On Saturday, May 19, there were 90 participants and about 50 spectators.

The "partners" were placed into nine groupings of five pairs of equal ability. The advanced, intermediate, and beginner players competed against each other in a round robin format within their own "grouping". Each team played 4 games and we did not reward the "winners" because of our desire to make it a social event. Lunch consisted of a hero sandwich, salad, chips and a beverage which was provided by our Pickleball Club.

It was great but we should have had it in April to include more of our members that are snowbirds - next year.    It was a fun day for all!

On another note, a few weeks ago I went on a cruise to the Greek Isles on the Oceania with 102 other residents in the Solivita Travel Club.

 I found out that they had a paddle ball court on their top deck and I asked permission in advance if we could add one line (NVZ) with tape to convert it to a Pickleball court. They gave us permission and 14 of us brought our paddles and balls.  Pictured are five of the seven pickleball couples...............

Pickleball was officially listed as a recreational activity on the ship's daily published  program schedule for all passengers..............

Below the Solivita crew all get to play pickleball for a few afternoons aboard the Oceania Marina Cruise Ship in Monemvasia, Greece. 

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