Saturday, July 27, 2013

Area athletes represent at National Senior Games, July 26, 2013

Sebring, FL

The National Senior Games are taking place in Cleveland, Ohio from July 19 to August 1. The Tanglewood Pickleball Club is thrilled to be represented at the games by five competitors.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Pickleball in South Florida

Submitted by Josh Kalin, Ambassador, Delray Beach, FL

Pickleball in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, Florida, is growing, growing, growing! The summer has been successful with many new players being added to our ranks. Although the indoor facilities are used by the school children during the week in the summer, we are able to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday indoors. We are able to play outside at Boca Tierra Park on the basketball court and have three courts at Caloosa Park using portable nets. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate. Using a squeegee and broom helps to dry out the puddles. Our regulars have been helping to teach newbies. We have been able to combine all players together.

Thanks to Charlie Leone, Charlie Linkov, Dennis Morley, Diana Castelli and Steve Wolman for their help.

Ambassadors Bob Friedman, Dick Freshley and wife Verna, and Josh Kalin and wife Harriet, were helping at the Kids Fitness Festival at the Convention Center in Palm Beach County. Pickleball was there along with over 40 other activities all to encourage kids to be active and have fun. Over 5,000 children in two days experienced some of the many sports. We are trying to encourage Pickleball in school physical education programs and after school activities.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

IN A PICKLE: It’s not just a snowbird sport!, 
July 25, 2013

Players gather almost every day in Destin to play pickleball, a cross between table tennis and badminton.
The sport has gained popularity in the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village in recent years thanks to the snowbirds, who flock to Destin during the winter months.
During the summer, games are played Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Destin Community Center and then on Tuesday and Thursday at the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church.
Cost to play is $2 an outing. To find out more about the summer schedule for pickleball, call the Destin Community Center at 654-5184

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pickleball popularity increases
July 10, 2013

Bluffton, Sun City, SC
Sun City is home to 12 Pickleball courts and more than 700 players. 

Mike Wallick became acquainted with the sport through his in-laws who live in Florida. He was named Sun City Pickleball Club president three years ago and has been playing for five.

“I enjoy the competitive side of the game but also the people I’ve met through playing,” Wallick said. “It’s easy to play and easy to learn.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Florida Indoor Tournament Results

Submitted by Alan Butler, Leagues and Tournaments at The Long Center

At The Long Center, in Clearwater, Florida, we are now conducting pickleball tournaments on a regular basis. 

On Thursday, July 11, 2013, we held our first Men’s doubles tournament. The competition included 10 teams. 

Round one of the competition was comprised of two seeded round robin groups of five teams each. The 1st and 2nd place finishers from each round robin group, advanced to the ELITE semi-finals. The 3rd and 4th finishers advanced to the MIDDLE group semi-finals. The last two finishers played in a LOWER group final match.

In the ELITE group competition, Matt Staub and Brian Staub won the gold medal, Jim Cetlinski and Paul Kelly won the Silver medal, and Ali Amidimehr and Keith Reynolds won the bronze medal.

In the MIDDLE group competition, Jim Van Voorhies and Rick Hoeft won the first place medal. 

Thanks to the following players that participated, but are not shown in the photos:
Pedro Arevalo & Danny White, Jan Hoogland & Frank Terlitz, Rick Whissel & Alan Butler, Jon Hilliard & Bob Berkstresser, John Petterson & Tom Goodnight, John Smalley & Dale Scott.

Florida-Indoor complimentary wrist bands were passed out to all the participants before the matches began. The player that starts the serve for each team, at the beginning of the game, wears the wrist band. When the player with the wrist band, is in the right hand court, the score for his team will always be an even number. When the player with the wrist band, is in the left hand court, the score for his team will always be an odd number. This applies to both teams. The wrist bands help to keep the correct score and ensure that each player is on the correct side of the court.

Thanks to Bob Cicetti (Volunteer Pickleball Manager at the Long Center) for a great job of managing the tournament.

Thanks to Shaun Beasley, The Long Center Manager, for providing a very nice buffet lunch to all the competitors and helpers, at noon, after Round 1 was concluded (at the end of the round robin competition).

Our next tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2013. This tournament will consist of one event, combining 12 high level teams of Men’s, Women’s and Mixed doubles competing against one another. All the players participating in this event, will play the entire tournament session. Click on this link for more information about this unique and exciting event, or call Alan Butler, at 813-466-8284.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pickleballers mark seven years of play

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, Canton, GA
Here's a picture from our two members who have been members of the North Georgia Pickleball Club since its beginning seven years ago. Ken Terrell is now a retired pastor living in the Woodstock area. He plays a minimum of twice a week and has clocked 35,000 miles of driving to our courts to play Pickleball! Marilyn Stapleton of Towne Lake began on the same day as Ken Terrell. She is our 2nd oldest member at age 76 years young! Ken is a 4.0 and Marilyn is a 3.5 skill level player.

Tim Mehling, from the Soliel Laurel Canyon community in Canton, is of our newest player. He is shown here playing with Judy Vonesh, another seven year member.

We are playing every Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday at 9 a.m. For more information, please call 770.401.7355.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Welcome to the Atlantic South Region Website!

We hope you like our new look.  And we hope you will utilize this website to share news and information about your Pickleball happenings with others outside your local area.  Let us post your events on the ASR Calendar (you can still see them in list format if you prefer).  Tell us about your club activities.  Spotlight your members.  Post tournament results.  Tell us about your new courts.  And we always love photographs!

Your suggestions are appreciated.  Feel free to contact me at

I'm Pickled to Serve You,
Marsha Freso
Ambassador - Wimauma, FL
ASR Webmaster