Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 Geezer Meister Tournament

This annual event took place from January 17-19 at the beautiful pickleball courts at the Del Webb Spruce Creek Community in Summerfield, Fl.   Over 200 players participated in this USAPA Sanctioned Tier 3 tournament which featured doubles, singles and mixed doubles competition.  A double elimination event that  brought out some of the very best players across the state and beyond.    

According to Jim Claycomb:  We had 203 players this year -- a new record.  A little rain and wind that pushed us to the third day.  Even with 12 courts used for match play and 3 portable nets for warm up on the tennis courts, we played well into the evening.   
Check the USAPA Results page for tournament winners.

CLICK HERE for more action shots from the tournament!

USAPA Grants supporting Pickleball growth in Estero, FL

The following was sent to us from Jane Niehause, President of the Corkscrew Picklers Pickleball Club.  The pictures are from their recent Activities Fair.

Every year Corkscrew Woodlands in Estero, Florida has an Activities Fair early in January to showcase all the sports, dancing, card, book, and garden clubs and dozens of other activities in our very active park.  Pickleball, by far, was the MOST attended booth - a constant flurry of activity, with new players signing up anxious to learn the game.  14 signed up that day, and dozens have joined since. Thanks again for the support and encouragement provided by USAPA!


This letter was sent from Jane to  Dan Ellsworth, who works on the Grant Program for USAPA.

January 22, 2013

Greetings Dan!

On behalf of The Corkscrew Picklers, THANK YOU to USAPA for the generous grant of $250.00. We have formed a club and play 4 days a week in Corkscrew Woodlands in Estero, Florida. We are a 55 and over park, and have players spanning three decades.
We share the courts with tennis players, so we have to dismantle nets each time we play and "tape" the courts on Thursday. We remove the tape each Sunday.

We proudly displayed our USAPA banner at a recent Activities Fair, and streamed your instructional CD during the event. We distributed the literature provided by USAPA and used your rule book as our guide.
We also post the banner at the courts during play.                                                        

We have designated Friday afternoon as "Beginner's Play" and the more experienced players patiently introduce "newbies" and work with novice players. We use the "How To Host Beginner Demo Clinics: Sample Beginner Clinic Instructors Checklist" and are very happy with the results. We are initiating name tags this week, as we now have close to 50 players!
Enclosed please find highlighted receipts for equipment purchased for Pickleball start-up in our park.
We are grateful!
Corkscrew Picklers
C/O Jane A. Niehaus, President Estero, Florida 33928

Friday, January 25, 2013

No, they don’t hit pickles with paddles
The Clayton News Star, www.newsobserver.com, January 23, 2013

"It’s a lot of fun and great exercise but is easier on the body than tennis, which is why it appeals to a lot of senior citizens,” said Joe Vartanesian, ambassador for Wake Forest in the USA Pickleball Association. “One of the great things about pickleball is that it can be played on a tennis court, in a gym or any place where we can put a net up.”

The group is looking to expand and is inviting anyone who would like to participate. Newbies can borrow paddles to make sure the game is a good fit for them before making the $30 to $60 purchase. The Triangle has other pickleball groups, including those that meet at Optimist Park and Brier Creek Community Center.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pickleball Leagues at The Long Center in Clearwater, Florida

At The Long Center, in Clearwater, Florida, in addition to our regular open play time, we have established two, three hour sessions per week that we call “Pickleball Leagues” or “Mini-Tournaments”.

We have League play every Monday and Wednesday. The League sessions start at 11:30am and end at about 2:30pm. The Leagues are designed for players who desire a more competitive level of competition during the week, without spending long wait times between matches, or having to spend an entire day as in a conventional tournament. We have both advanced Leagues and Intermediate Leagues for players to choose from, depending on the player’s skill level.

One does not need a partner to play in our Leagues. We use what is called the “Wiseman Mixer” format, which consists of seeded round robin groups, in which each player partners with each of the other players in his group once, and opposes each of the other players twice. In League play, there is very little wait time between matches. A player will be actively playing about 80-90% of the time in a typical 3 hour League session.

There is no long term commitment to join our Leagues. You may sign up for one session at a time, or we have what is called a “League Pass”, for those players who will be playing in a given League on a regular basis. Players with the League Pass are always guaranteed a spot in every League session. We now have about 20 active League players, from ten different cities in the greater Tampa Bay area.

The Leagues have been in existence for about nine months. We are in the process of reaching out to new players, so that we may increase the attendance in our Leagues. We now have six indoor courts, which will enable us to expand the number of players participating in The Leagues, to up to 23 players per session, and still keep the playing time within the 80-90% range.

Visit our website at: www.Pickleball-Leagues.weebly.com.

For more information, contact: 
Alan Butler 813-466-8284,

For information about Clinics & Coaching contact
Bob Cicetti 813-363-5958, E-mail: icheech@aol.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

www. communitynewspapers.com
Janary 23, 2013, Aventura,  FL

It’s a great sport” Mitch says, “It’s fun, challenging but not too strenuous, anyone can learn to play”. He became a Pickleball ambassador (really, there are hundreds throughout the country) and set about searching for suitable locations. He created a Meetup, www.meetup.com/southflpickleball/ and already has several members who are ready and anxious to play. The Meetup is free to join, just go to the site and register/sign-up so you can receive updated information.    

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

We need ladies for the Regional Tournament!!

Greetings to all Atlantic South Regional Tournament Participants,

 First of all, THANKS to all of you for your overwhelming support of our first Atlantic South Regional Tournament. Registration is now closed, and we are pleased to announce that we have 226 registrations!!

The tournament is around the corner and we hope that you are getting as excited about the tournament as we are! We still need two ladies to play 65+ mixed doubles, one lady for 70+ mixed doubles, and one lady for 75+ mixed doubles. If you know anyone who is willing to play in these categories, please email us immediately. We would love to see everyone play that registered.

Players are listed on the USAPA site, so you can go there and check to see if you were matched up with a partner if you requested one. Go to USAPA.org, Brackets and Software, Upcoming Tournaments. You will see the Atlantic South Regional Tournament and click it. At the top, there is a player list.

We will be sending another email in the next few days with start times, etc. We will be playing on 16 outdoor courts and using the yellow Dura ball.

We look forward to meeting all of you!!
Cindy Eddleman Nancy Meyer
Tournament Directors

Monday, January 21, 2013

Florida Good Life Senior Games

Hello to all you former Good Life Games participants.

It's that time of year again. We are prepared and ready for a record year of participation. So, tell your friends, your nighbors, your relatives, and everyone you know that is over 50 that it is time to have a good time meeting, competing, and enjoying the company of other senior athletes.

The website has all the information and downloadable registration forms, calendars, and other pertinent information.   Pickleball Doubles and Mixed Doubles - March 19-20, 2013, Seminole, Fl.    Singles competition - April 6, 2013, Clearwater, FL

Go to http://www.goodlifegames.org/ for all the latest information. We are looking forward to see everyone again this year and meeting many new participants.

Dennis Sweeney and the board of the Good Life Games
Let's play pickleball
 TBO.com  January 16, 2012, Tampa Bay,FL

 Hillsborough County Parks Recreation and Conservation has recognized the exploding nature of the sport and is introducing programs at some of its community centers.

 "We started a pickleball club with eight to 10 players at Northdale last November," said programs specialist Russell Elefterion. "Now we have 38." Elefterion said the club was formed in response to requests from seniors there. The Northdale Recreation Center provides free lessons at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and club members travel once a month as a group to play teams in places like Anna Maria Island, Clearwater and St. Pete Beach. They will be coming to Sun City Center in April.

Also, the Gardenville Community Center in Gibsonton is adding pickleball to its programs this month.

"It's definitely an up-and-coming sport," said Dave Ramirez, recreation programs supervisor. "Pickleball is the biggest event in our Tampa Bay Senior Games every October."
Now you can play Pickleball in LaBelle
florida.newszap.com, January 21, 2013, Labelle, FL

 Local organizer Karen Bilcsik has been a devotee ever since she first learned of the sport a short time ago. She and a handful of enthusiasts got Hendry Recreation Director Ramon Rodriguez on board and now there’s a pickleball court at the Community Civic Park, just west of LaBelle Elementary School - one of the few public pickleball courts anywhere in the area.  READ MORE

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tournament News from Nancy and Cindy

Thanks to all of you for making the first ever Tanglewood Winter Classic a weekend of fun and great pickleball!! The tournament had 136 participants and many volunteers that worked very hard to make this a success. We have attached the names of all the medal winners in the tournament. Congratulations!!

A huge THANK YOU to all the referees, transport drivers, and all volunteers who worked very hard behind the scenes of the event. This tournament could not have happened without teamwork. Thanks to all the folks at the Tanglewood Community   CLICK HERE for tournament medal winners.

We would like to remind everyone that the deadline for the City of Fort Myers Skatium Classic is fast approaching. You may get the entry forms from our website pickleballspecialties.com or just CLICK HERE. This will be an indoor sanctioned tournament.

 We are also looking for referees and other volunteers for the Atlantic South Regional. We will have 16 courts and we are expecting approximately 225 players from all over the country. There will be a banner on the courts with the names of "Friends of Pickleball" for any individual, pickleball club, or any company that would like to make a $200.00 donation.If you are willing to volunteer at the tournament or become a "Friend of Pickleball," please email us as soon as possible.

Thanks again to all of you for making the Tanglewood Tournament a success. We hope to see all of you in Naples at the Atlantic South Regional!!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pickleball drawing a crowd in Fort Mill 
Fortmilltimes.com, January 14, 2013, Fort Mill,SC

Harvey and Frank Kinder, both Sun City residents in Indian Land, are ambassadors through the USA Pickleball Association. They’re hosting clinics at the Fort Mill gym 1-3 p.m. each Wednesday in January, and open play 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 They’ve also taught the game at Indian Land Middle School, and worked with counties and homebuilders to find opportunities for new pickleball courts or, as is increasingly more common, repurposed tennis courts converted for the game. 

“It’s addictive,” said Harvey’s husband Fred. “You play, and you’re hooked.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tanglewood's Winter Classic Pickleball Tournament

www.sunnews.com, January 9, 2013,  Sebring, FL

More than 130 pickleball players from Central Florida descended upon Tanglewood for the Winter Classic Tournament held Saturday Jan., 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6.

The tournament, sponsored by Alan J. Holmes of Edward Jones and the Alan Jay Automotive Network was a rated tournament.


Additional news, photos and all tournament winners can be found on the Tanglewood Website. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tournament Deadlines Approaching....

The following tournament deadlines are quickly approaching.   If you are planning on participating in any of the following tournaments - please make sure that your registration form has been submitted:

Geezer Meister - Summerfield, Fl -  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 11, 2013

Jacksonville, NC Senior Pickleball Tournament - REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANURAY 18, 2013.  Discounted Hotel rates now available.  CLICK HERE

Daytona Beach Pickleball Tournament - REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 20, 2013. Discounted Hotel Rates available.  CLICK HERE

Gulf Coast Senior Games Bradenton, FL.  - REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2013


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pickleball celebrates 2nd
 anniversary next week

vancnews.com, January 2, 2013, Warrenton, NC

Next week, pickleball players will celebrate the second anniversary of organized matches here for the sport with the odd name, as games resume each Wednesday.

Local pickleball enthusiasts, from the left, Linda Kidd, Sylvia Fletcher and Cynthia Dickinson, get in one last session before the holiday break.
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