Monday, December 30, 2013

Atlantic South Regional Tournament
Tier 3 Sanctioned
Naples, Florida
January 31Feb. 1,2, 2014
Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
     Registration Form and Flyer  also available at or
Registration also available On-Line at www.
Deadline for Registration Postmarked January 16, 2014
On-Line Closes January 24, 2014
"9 New Pickleball Courts to Open under lights"/ Total of 25 Courts
Social Dinner Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00p.m.
Clinics being offered Thursday and Sunday for all levels of players
Be part of this great event! Support the Regional Tournament 
Categories for all Skill Levels with Age Breakdown
More Info to Follow

CLICK HERE for Registration Form

CLICK HERE for Informational Flyer

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fun Pickleball at Valencia Isles, Boynton Beach, Florida

Submitted by Josh Kalin, Ambassador, Delray Beach, FL
Article written by Fred Markowitz, Valencia Isles Pickleball Club

Linda Zweigman
If you want to feel younger, full of life, mentally alert, healthy, and invigorated come join the Valencia Isles Pickleball Club; the fastest growing club in Valencia Isles. We now have roughly 50 active involved members and we are growing steadily. Nearly 100 people have shown an interest in our club’s activities. The Valencia Isles Pickleball Club offers its members a comprehensive Pickleball program of demos, clinics, tournaments, social events, instruction and video presentations.

We are currently playing on one court which is made up of an interlocking tile system that snaps securely into place piece-by-piece. We are in the process of having two additional courts built at Valencia Isles. These asphalt courts will be dedicated and coated with a plexipave paint. We are all eagerly looking forward to the completion of this project.

Jerry Goldberg & Bernie Eggener
At our last Club meeting we added four trustees to our Board since we are growing at such a rapid rate: These new Board members are an asset to our Club, and I am certain they will do everything possible to make our Club one of the best in Valencia Isles.

We recently had our seventh successful Pickleball clinic for beginners and intermediates. We will be holding a clinic for visiting youngsters in the middle of December.

As one becomes more adept at playing Pickleball, one might consider upgrading one’s racket from wood to composite, aluminum, or graphite. We have a full line of demo rackets in our equipment department.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pickleball Coming to Margate

December 11, 2013 -

A culmination of ping pong, tennis and badminton, Pickleball is played on a court with a hard paddle and wiffle-like ball. Last week’s demonstration in Margate went well, said Parks and Recreation Director, Mike Jones, and the amenity will be available soon to Margate residents.

Margate resident and fleet manager for the City, Bob De Robertis, has been playing in Davie and suggested the City of Margate take a look at offering the sport here. Pickleball is ideal for the over 50 set, he said, and is an exceptional workout for the athletically-inclined so long as players are matched by ability. And because Margate could offer the sport to residents for less than $1,000 investment, De Robertis said it's practical amidst a growing demand for the game.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Atlantic South Regional Pickleball Tournament - USAPA Sanctioned Tier 3

January 31, February 1, 2, 2014
January 30, Social Dinner

East Naples Community Park
3500 Thomasson Dr.
   Naples, Florida

Tournament Information

We are very happy to announce that the East Naples Community Park is in the process of building 9 designated Pickleball Courts in addition to the 16 we used for our first ever Atlantic South Regional Tournament. We will now have a total of 25 Lighted Courts to play on!

 You must be a USAPA member to participate in a Regional Pickleball tournament, effective with the USAPA in 2014.

 The Atlantic South Regional Tournament is a Sanctioned, Tier 3 Tournament.

 This is an Skill Level /Age Combination Tournament with Skill categories:
2.5 ( 50+, 65+) 3.0 (19+, 50+, 65+) 3.5 (19+, 50+, 65+) 4.0 (19+, 50+, 65+)
4.5 (19+, 50+, 65+) 5.0 (19+)

 Your age category goes by what your age is by December 31, 2014


 The tournament will be a double elimination, top bracket matches will be 2 out of 3 games to 11pts. win by 2. The back draw will be one game to 15 pts., win by 2. All championship matches will be 2 out of 3 games to 11pts. win by 2, and if the player(s) from the back draw win then a second game will be played to 15pts, win by 2 for first place.

 Awards will be given for 1, 2, 3 place finishes, along with points being awarded

 Age groups may be combined to assure adequate playing time and is at the discretion of the Tournament Directors. If needed, Directors reserve the right to adjust any participant who is in the incorrect skill level

 If age groups are combined that is considered one group and awards are given for that age

The kick-off will begin Thursday Evening, January 30st, 2014 with a Social Dinner at 7:00pm. Our New Regional Director, Karen Parrish, will say a few words. Meet our other ambassadors from around the region and also those from outside the region, along with an update about what is going on around the Atlantic South Region. We will have a buffet style dinner, and plenty of door prizes and raffle prizes.

CLICK HERE for the complete Event Schedule and more important tournamant information.

CLICK HERE for Registration Form

Monday, December 2, 2013




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mixed Doubles

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Solivita, Poinciana, Florida

For Men and Women 50 Years and Over

Event Manager – Mike Holtzclaw

Call or  email NOW to request an entry booklet that
will be mailed the first week of January 2014

Registration deadline is February 5

Friday, November 29, 2013

Registration for the Riverbend Classic Pickleball Tournament Closes Soon REGISTER NOW

Pickleball Specialties

Hi to all Pickleball Players,

The Riverbend Classic on-line registration deadline is Tuesday, December 3.  This year the tournament is a Tier 3 USAPA sanctioned tournament.  The tournament is now held on three days.  The men's and women's 3.0 and 3.5 doubles will be held on Friday and the 3.0 mixed is Fridayafternoon.  The men's and women's 4.0,4.5, and 5.0 doubles will be held on Saturday with 3.5 mixed doubles Saturday afternoon.  The mixed doubles 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 will be held on Sunday.

We have attached the flyer and registration sheet to this email.  To register on-line, go and put in the keyword Riverbend.  This should take you to the registration site.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cindy and Nancy

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cypress Cove Turkey Smash Pickleball Fun Tournament

Submitted by Mike Sullivan

Kissimmee, Florida (November 23, 2013) — Players enjoyed a glorious day of amazing Pickleball competition today at The First Annual Cypress Cove Turkey Smash Pickleball Fun Tournament, held today at the beautiful Cypress Cove Nudist Resort and Spa near Orlando.
It was a glorious late-fall day with temperatures in the low-80’s and crystal-clear blue skies, all the better for the twenty Pickleball players as well as more than two dozen spectators and friends who came together to enjoy this new annual event, each to be held on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving each year.

The morning qualifying round started at 9am and matched players with a new partner randomly against random competitors in each of five games to 11. Player’s scores were recorded from each game and each player’s total score for the morning was used to seed them into the afternoon double-elimination bracket tournament.

Next, players were matched with others who had equal or similar scores and were paired as partners for the afternoon. All 20 players then played a standard double-elimination tournament for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Play concluded at 1:45pm after some very exciting finals-round matches and an hour-long lunch break from 11-Noon.

Play was conducted on the four brand-new, regulation, dedicated Pickleball courts at Cypress Cove, installed in October, 2013. The new courts were built in response to the huge growth in Pickleball play at Cypress Cove since the game was introduced in early 2008. Now Cove Pickleball players have first-class courts to play on at all times, and no need to coordinate schedules or share converted tennis courts with tennis players.

When the dust settled today, the following players wound up with shiny new hardware hanging around their necks:

Gold: Don Kelleher & Doug Vogel
Silver: Mike Sullivan & Dave Meiser
Bronze: Frank Stenlake & Richard Threlfall

Next up on the Cypress Cove tournament schedule is the all-new Spring tournament, now greatly expanded and re-branded in response to the growth of the tournament and the capacity the new courts provide.

The First Annual Cypress Cove International Nudist Pickleball Open will be held March 1-2, 2014, with prelims qualifying on Saturday and a double-elimination finals round on Sunday. There will be a cocktail reception and group dinner for all players and friends on Saturday night at Cypress Cove’s beautiful Lakeside restaurant, and post-play pool parties both afternoons at the West Pool and the poolside Cheeks Bar & Grill.

Pickleball is gaining steam every month at Cypress Cove, where we play at least five mornings a week year-round in a tropical garden setting beside a private 80-acre lake. Full information on Cypress Cove, America’s most beautiful clothes-free resort, is online at

For more information on Pickleball at Cypress Cove, contact Mike Sullivan at

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2013 "Pickle Bowl" - 7th Annual Pickleball Tournament of the North Georgia Pickleball Club

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia

What a wonderful weekend! On Saturday we had a threat of rain and damp courts. Thanks to a group of friends and players, the courts were dried and cleared of leaves in less than 30 minutes. Don Lucas brought his industrial strength blower and Bill Osterhold/Signature Tennis, Inc. donated two additional Squeegees. On the concrete staging area, the Teasley Middle School Air Raiders Cadet Prep. Lead by Commander Santiago Santana assembled at 8 a.m. for drills and practice. About 25 parents and families of the Air Raiders stood in the cold temperatures to proudly watch. This is the fourth year for the Air Raiders to perform and we will present them with a scholarship in 2014 for two members to attend the summer leadership program at Fort Bliss.

For the first year, Director Stephen McCarthy brought 28 members of the Creekview High School Band to perform the National Anthem. They assembled at the school and arrived at the opening ceremony in a school bus! The "country road" of Water Tank saw their first traffic jam as 30 players, Teasley Middle School Air Raiders, local friends, and a school bus made it in to the "Blue Moon Farm" gates! Thanks to the Goodall family - good friends and neighbors - Greg manned the gate, Cole parked cars at the barn, Donna ran the kitchen coffee, and Hannah served banana nut muffins to the band and Air Raiders!

State Senator Barry Loudermilk and Cherokee County Commissioner Chairman Buzz Ahrens gave a welcome address.

Also present was Ottis Moore, Board Member of the Cherokee County Humane Society. With 100% of the entry fees donated plus the additional annual donation of the Earleys, the North Georgia Pickleball Club donated $3,000.00 for the animals. A check was also presented to Director Stephen McCarthy/Creekview High School Band and Commander Santiago Santana/Air Raiders.
Also attending the opening ceremonies was Cherokee County Commissioner Harry Johnson and Jeff Duncan, candidate for GA State House to replace Calvin Hill.

We are a round robin with six flights in two days of ten players in each flight. Every person plays against each person in the flight and with each person in the flight. Playing time ranges from 2-3 hours of fun, competitive play, accruing individual points. There is only one winner......the rest are losers!

This is our 7th year of tournament play in this format. For the past six years, we played with only four courts. This year we had 60 players in two days on six new Pickleball courts.

After the opening ceremonies, play began promptly at 10 a.m. and concluded after 2 p.m. A Hearty lunch of Brunswick Stew and German smoked sausage "dogs" from Scott Boys BBQ/Russell and Ann Scott and assorted gourmet cookies from Chocolate Fix/Lynne Wingfield.

Thanks also to Carole Hess who furnished cut oranges and bananas for the player's breakfast both days. Ann Earley also baked apple muffins and maple/walnut Kringle for the breakfast crowd. A big thank you to Janice Riordon, Regina Lucas, Carole Hess, Stephanie Lane, Jim Cunningham, Bonnie Clark, and Ann Earley for attending the registration table and serving food.

Players were given wooden bowls filled with football food "munchies" from gourmet popcorn from "Two Haute Cowgirls" to "Aunt Myrtles Pickles". Bows represented various college football teams.
All players received a limited edition long-sleeved "Pickle Bowl 2013" tournament shirt and a good time. Competition was stiff with the winners of the recent National PB Tournament in AZ - Paul Coletta and Stephanie Lane. After the late lunch, players continue to play for at least another hour and everyone drove home tired but happy.

The morning began with crisp temperatures (30 degrees), bright sun, and a light wind (12-15 mph), but by afternoon the players shed their layers of clothes. Special thanks to Rodney and Karen Grubbs/"Pickleball Rocks" for exhibiting their merchandise, competing, and driving from Brookville, Indiana for the two days of the tournament. Also thanks to Jamie Calkin who exhibited his art in the piano studio. Bill Hess was instrumental in tabulating scores and coordinating play. Katie Brown, Jim Cunningham, Carole Hess, and Bill Hess monitored the scoring on both days. And of course, thanks to all players who made this a wonderful tournament.

Winners on Saturday were:
"Sugar Bowl" - William Criswell
"Rose Bowl" - Billy Craddock
"Orange Bowl" - Terry Nicholson

The second day of the "Pickle Bowl" tournament ended with winners of the three flights:
"Cotton Bowl" - Charles Batt of Nashville, TN
"Fiesta Bowl"- Jamie Calkin of Athens, GA
"Sun Bowl" - Bill Osterhold of Atlanta, GA

CLICK HERE to see more photos from the tournament.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New sport of Pickleball appeals to North Georgians

November 19, 2013 -

Lanier Villages Estates residents play weekly games

A new sport is sweeping across senior communities and public gyms in North Georgia. The game pickleball, akin to tennis and badminton, frequently attracts seniors because of its smaller courts and greater accessibility.

Lanier Village Estate resident Tory Elliott plays regularly at the retirement community.

“It’s just a good sport, because when you’re old — I’m almost 80 — it keeps you active,” he said. “I play as much as I can, sometimes three or four times a week.”
CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, November 15, 2013

News from Southern Palm Beach County

Submitted by Josh Kalin, Ambassador, Delray Beach & Boca Raton, Florida   
The exciting news is that Pickleball lines were painted on two tennis courts at University Woodlands Park in Boca Raton, FL. This has made the courts multi-purpose and will certainly be an asset for the City's residents to learn and play.

What an accomplishment for Lin Cohen, Liaison for our Pickleball group. Over the past 11 months, people made phone calls or sent emails to the City of Boca Parks and Rec Department. Thank you Diane and Peter Sepetanc, Frank Scida, Linda Dutton, Harriet and Josh Kalin, Marion Lindsey, Mary Ellen Harris, Myra Rubenstein, Rich Harnist and Ursula Hess. It took communication and encouragement from a lot of people to get the courts painted.

Those recently playing were Barbara Turturo, Carol Fischer, Emily Stepner, Evelyn Workman, Harriet Kalin, Josh Kalin, Lenny Hess, Lew Pritzkur, Lin Cohen, Mike Turturo, Nancy Guss and Ursula Hess.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Space Coast (Florida) Pickleball Update

Submitted by Scott Nelson
Ambassador, Florida Space Coast

Dear Pickleballer:
Wow, as we approach 2014, how the sport has grown in Brevard.  Just 4 years ago we had one Pickleball venue in the county (Melbourne Beach Recreation Center) with half a dozen players.  Today we have nine public venues and another four private facilities that I know about with +/-200 players that play.
Eau Gallie Civic Center is the Space Coasts is the newest Pickleball venue, only open in the last few weeks has been already a very popular spot to play.
Located at 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, they are hosting open play Pickleball Tuesday /Thursday &  Friday 1:30-3:30PM in the gym.
$1 per day or $18 per year- Best  Pickleball deal on the Spaces Coast

Daytona  Tournament-

There were 9 players from the Space Coast playing in the Daytona Shores Fall Pickleball Tournament.

 Even though a well-run fun tournament, it is played outside and unfortunately it rained most of the day Saturday and it was postponed until Sunday

 Half of the players from Brevard were not able to extend their plans and had to drop out.

Congrats to Judy & Patty that took first place in the Women's 50-59 category and to Larry and Scott who took silver in the men's 30-59 category. 

Good Luck California Bill
Bill Masucci will be flying out to Arizona this week and playing in the Pickleball National Tournament.

Bill will be playing in the 70+ division next week.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Riverbend Resort Classic Pickleball Tournament

 Hi to all the Pickleball Players,
The "Riverbend Resort Classic Pickleball Tournament" will have a new look this year!  They have turned their tournament into a three day event, Dec. 6, 7, 8, 2013.  Their courts have a new look with construction being completed before their tournament.
We have attached the Flyer with all the information regarding the tournament as well as places to stay, breakfast, Tournament playing schedule, etc.  Also attached is the Registration Form to be sent in.
Deadlines for entry is fast approaching, so please send your registration in as soon as possible, especially if you need to be set up with a partner. We are looking forward to a competitive and fun time!
This is a Tier 3 Sanctioned, Skill Level / With Age Tournament.  The Riverbend Pickleball Club is excited
to host their 5th Annual Tournament!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Your Tournament Directors,
Nancy Meyer / Cindy Eddleman
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Inaugural Pickleball tournament brings hundreds to Myrtle Beach

Posted: Nov 01, 2013 5:48 AM EDTUpdated: Nov 01, 2013 5:54 AM EDT
WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

Sweet sport, sour name: Pickleball grows in popularity, TV6, October 31, 2013,
New Brunswick, NC

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. At the Waterford community in Leland, pickleball expert, Ryan Manchester gave us the background of the game that many call addictive.
"You can play anywhere indoors or outdoors," said Manchester. "We have four courts on one tennis court and it's great because it keeps people active."
65-year-old Marty Smith normally plays two hours of pickleball every day.
"It's just like table tennis," said Smith. "If you get in to playing table tennis you want to play all the time. Pickleball is the same way."

WECT, weather

Friday, November 1, 2013

Keowee Key, SC

Submitted by Richard Webster

The Keowee Key Golf and Country club community located in the upstate of South Carolina recently celebrated the first anniversary of our four, lighted pickleball courts. Our program has grown from a handful of players to 140 Pickleball Club of Keowee Key members. See us at

Our courts are kept busy with block times every day for various levels of players plus both inter-club and intra-club play. Socials are held on a regular basis.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pickleball  Tallahassee, FL 

Come join us for one of America's fastest-growing sports - Pickleball! Pickleball uses hard racquets, whiffle balls and the lower mini tennis nets, and is a lot of fun to play for people of all ages.
Lessons for beginners are available on Mondays from 9:00 - 10:00am at Jack McLean Park.

Pickleball Schedule

  • Mondays, 9:00am - 1:30pm at Jack McLean Park
  • Wednesdays, 12:00n - 4:00pm at the Tallahassee Senior Center
  • Fridays, 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Tallahassee Senior Center
For more information on Pickleball and how you can be a part of the action, contact Glen Howe, Tennis Superintendent, at 850-891-3920.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pickleball Halloween Round Robin and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, October 26th

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia

What perfect weather on Saturday afternoon for about 30 Pickleball players! It was great to have Stephanie Lane, Joe Gilmore, Maggie Corbin, and Ke Kai Ruckstuhl join us from Tennessee plus Renate & Stephen Hess from Houghton/Deaton Creek, GA. After a few hours of round robin, everyone put their costumes on for a few last games of "dinking" competition using paddles with the shapes of pumpkins, ghosts, and black cats.

Thanks to the hard work of NINETEEN chili chefs, from around North Georgia and two from Tennessee, the Pickleball players ended the tournament and adjourned to the stable for the chili cook-off. Additional members of the community joined in for the competition - Sharon Thomas from Dahlonega, Weston & Denise Richter from Beverly Hills, CA, Donna & Jim Walters from Marietta, Marnie Tait from Canton, Ray & Louise Irwin from Hickory Flat, plus Water Tank Road Neighbors Marla & Jeffrey Doss, Donna & Greg Goodall, and Dottie & Jim Frassetto. Fabio & Sabine Yeppes/T.C. Country Purina Store in Macedonia not only competed in the chili contest, but supplied the crowd with the delicious Belgian brandy filled chocolates from their store.

Marnie Tait won the cook-off prize of $25.00 and a gourmet soup tureen with her "Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili with Smoked Chipotle Crème.

Weston Richter and Renate Hess were recognized for their 60th birthdays during the past few days.

Thanks to all who contributed to make this Halloween event a success. I don't want to leave anyone out, so I will simply say that we couldn't have done it alone! As always, Ke Kai Ruckstuhl came from Loudon, TN with a beautiful Halloween centerpiece along with her chili contribution. Katie Brown helped with not only the set up and tear down, but furnished the bowls, napkins, and spoons. The Vonesh homemade cornbread and Riordon crackers helped cool down our heated throats after the "Not Jo Momma's Chili (Joe Gilmore), Bah Batt Chili (Charles Batt), Veggie Cat Chili (Cat Osterhold), Wendy's Chili (Marilyn Stapleton) Sharon Thomas chili, Bam Bam Blaster Chili (Renate Hess), The Real Thing Chili (Donna Walters), Chadwick Chicken Chow Chili (Lana Chadwick), Chilly Willy Chili (Gary Clark), LA Hothead Chili (Bonnie Clark), Wimpy Chili (Carole Hess), Ghoulish Gourmet Chili (Marni Tait), Ladies Special Chili (Ke Kai Ruckstuhl), Connie's Belly Bomb Chili (Connie/Dan Ross), It'll Getcha Gumbo Chili (Jimmy Williamson), World's End Chili (Sabine Yeppes/TC Country), and Best Ever Vegetarian Chili (Louise Irwin). We were able to wash it all down, thanks to the beer and 40 pounds of ice from Jon Pyle, more beer from Dan Ross and Joe Gilmore, plus water and soda from Ken & Janice Riordon, Judy Vonesh, Terri Weiner, and other club members!  

See you on the courts at the 10 a.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday new Fall time. With winter temperatures coming soon, we may begin play later if the members desire.

CLICK HERE to view more photos.

Town of Davie (FL) Doubles Pickleball League

November 4-December 11(6 Weeks)

Three Divisions
  • Open Play - Men' & Women's
  • Intermediate Play - Men' & Women's
  • Co-Ed Play

League Play Nights

Monday and Wednesday 
Matches will be best of 5 games
Teams Play one Match per week
Matches Begin at 630pm
Registration Fee $15.00 per Player

League Awards
1st-3rd Place Award
Sportsmanship Award
Most Improved Team

Registration: Pine Island Multipurpose Center
M-F 9am-9pm
Sa-Sun 9am-5pm
Must Register by Wednesday October 30, 2013

Pinehurst Senior Center

Submitted by Marcy Crusius, Ambassador, Pinehurst, NC

In October of 2012, Mary Crusius started a pickleball session at the Pinehurst Senior Enrichment Center on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. It has been so successful that even though we have only one indoor court, we get 15-20 players each week. We have introduced new players to the sport and provided an indoor space for players who prefer not to play outdoors. All participants enjoy playing, watching, and socializing, and we are planning to expand to twice weekly to accommodate demand.
CLICK HERE to view more photos.


Mentor Check-up

Submitted by Mary Crusius, Ambassador, Pinehurst, NC

Pinehurst pickleball players welcomed eight players from Cary, the group that introduced Pinehurst Country Club to our newest paddle sport. In an informal tournament on October 22, doubles and mixed doubles teams showed what we've learned in 18 months and picked up new tips from our mentors. We spent a fun morning playing round-robin matches followed by lunch, then an afternoon of open play. We look forward to our next meeting!
CLICK HERE to view more photos.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pickleball coming to Evalyn Sadler branch YMCA, October 17, 2013
Sarasota, FL "There is a need for it. Every facility I have ever worked for has had a pickleball court; nothing down here in south Sarasota, so we wanted to be the facility to open it up to all the players," says Troy Shonk, athletics director at the Evalyn Sadler branch YMCA on Potter Park Road off Central Sarasota Parkway.

The branch is having their fall fest Friday night, and they will hold an open house to show off their new pickleball courts and have a demonstration. "It seems pretty great. We have some people coming out to help with the exhibition, players from up north Sarasota are going to come down here and check it out and help the new players get acclimated to the game," says Shonk.