Monday, September 30, 2013

By Pete Zamplas-Hendersonville Sports Club’s Rally for the Cure mixed doubles, round-robin racquet tournament Oct. 4 benefits breast cancer research.
There will be mixed doubles in tennis, racquetball and the rising sport of pickleball.
Proceeds from Rally for the Cure: Raise a Racquet for Breast Cancer go to the 31-year-old non-profit Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. HSC owner Bill Seward and manager Mary Catherine Ward, the tourney director, both described the breast cancer benefit as a crucial cause they eagerly support.
The tourney entry fee is $35 per person per morning or evening session including a meal, or $60 for both. The morning session has tennis 9:30-11 a.m. on six clay courts outdoors and two cushioned indoor surfaces, then pickleball 11 to noon; or racquetball is 10 am. to noon. Lunch is at noon.
The evening session starts with an optional $40 drill clinic by HSC teaching pro and prior owner Bobby Garrett, features pickleball at 7-8 p.m. then dinner.
Entry perks include a Conde Nast magazine subscription, Rally for the Cure T-Shirt, “goodie” bag, and prize raffle ticket. Donor 5×7 cards will be displayed in the clubhouse. Tennis balls are pink, color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
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Upcoming 2013 Local Senior Games
Jacksonville Senior Games
September 30- October 5
Ph: (904) 630-2681

The Villages Senior Games
Golf and Softball
October 1-13
Golf - October 1
Softball - October 10-13
Ph: (352) 753-1716

Tampa Bay Senior Games
October 7-18
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Gainesville Senior Games
October 11-19
Ph: (352) 338-9300

Kissimmee/St. Cloud Senior Games
October 12-19
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Ormond Beach Senior Games
October 26- November 2
Ph: (386) 676-3291

Golden Age Games
November 2-9
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Martin County Senior Games
November 2-11
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Florida International Senior Games & State Championships
December 7 – 15, 2013
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Suite 101
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Pickleball is Coming Along in Palm Beach County, Florida

Submitted by Josh Kalin, Ambassador, Delray Beach, Florida

Ambassador Josh Kalin, Delray Beach, and wife Harriet, handled the Demo/Clinic that was held recently at the YMCA in Boynton Beach, Florida. Thanks to players, Bob Wybinow, Eileen Tuckman, Karyl Lewis, Richie Liss and Steve Levine for their help. People were surprised at how relatively easy it was to learn. Officially the sport will be part of the activities program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 1 p.m.  

In addition, Ambassador Dick Freshley and Art Pumpian were responsible for having the Demo/Clinic at South Olive Community Center, West Palm Beach. Helping out were: Ambassador Bob Friedman, Charlie Linkov and Bob Wybinow. Play will be Friday mornings. Art recently taught some youngsters to play. Who knows, maybe there will be open time for the kids on weekends. 

Avid players are patiently waiting for the eight courts to be built and Caloosa Park, Boynton Beach, FL. These will replace the three that were used in the practice area between two hockey rinks. What a group of fun players!  Everyone squeezed in for this shot. 

Pictured are: Steve Pearlstein, Mike Tuturro, Charlie Linkov, Bob Wybinow, Saul Solomon, Josh Kalin, Ambassador, Steve Levine, Harriet Berks Kalin, Steve Wolman, Dennis Morley, Effie Goldberg, Lynn Tillman, Art Pumpian, Norma Warmund and Charlie Leone. Thank you to Shep Parr for taking the picture.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tampa Bay Senior Games - Register NOW

Hi to all Pickleball Players,

The Tampa Bay Senior Games will be held October 25-27 at 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, Florida.  The format will be double elimination this year.  We have also made this a three day tournament.  Online registration closes this week, but mail in forms must be postmarked by October 15.  We have attached the flyer and the registration form for your convenience.

You will notice on the form, that there is no place to enter your partner's name.  Please write it to the side or somewhere on the form so that we know who your partner is.

We are looking forward to a great tournament and hope to see you there!!

Nancy and Cindy

CLICK HERE for tournament flyer

CLICK HERE for Registration Form

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Attention - Space Coast Players!

KIWI Pickleball Challenge #2  

The KIWI Tennis Club in Indian Harbor Beach is hosting its 2nd Pickleball Challenge Nite 
On Friday, October 4th, the Kiwi Club will sponsor a Pickleball Challenge.
At 6:30 there will be an informal bracketed Pickleball Challenge for Pickleball players & Tennis players in a single elimination with consolation doubles tournament style format. The pairing will be a blind draw.
There is no cost for playing the event and there are no guest fees that will be charged. Pre-registered players need to be on site at 5:15PM
This is a pre-registration first come first serve event. If you are interested in playing this fun event please let me know or email ASAP.     There are only a total of 16 slots available.

At 5:45 -There will be an exhibition pickleball match that will feature two top ranked pickleball players against top ranked local tennis pro’s- this should be fun to watch.

For those of you that just want to have a fun night out. 
If you do not care to participate or can not participate because of bracket capacity and since this event is open to the public, please plan on coming up and watch some great pickleball matches being played while enjoying Hors d'oeuvresand drinks at the highly rated restaurant that over looks the two championship courts. The restaurant also features a lite menu as well as a full dining menu and will feature special pickle items for that night. For a pickleballer.... is there a better way to spend a TGIF? Please invite your friends and family to watch as well.
Event Schedule:
5:15- Pre-registered players should be on-site for check in
5:30- Spectators should get there early for preferred seating, this will be a well attended event
5:45- Exhibition Match (two top tennis pro's vs. two top level Pickleball players (TBA).
6:30- Pickleball Competition begins
9:15- Last matches played

Site Address: Kiwi Tennis Club, 30 Tradewinds Dr.,Indian harbor Bch, FL 32937


Scott Nelson | USAPA Space Coast Pickleball Ambassador
Satellite Beach, Florida

Friday, September 20, 2013


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:45pm
Pickleball similar to tennis but is played on a badminton court. The game is played with a perforated plastic ball and wood or composite paddles. The goal is to create a game that is fun and made for every member of the family, no matter the age!
We will provide a demonstration of how to play before evey session, so you can easily get the hang of it. Join the new Pickleball craze at the YMCA! Everything will be provided. All you need to bring is yourself!
Check back here for more information. 


Tuesdays and Thursday, 1-3:30 p.m.
Start date coming soon!


None required


Free to members 


Sandra Wilson
A.E. Finley YMCA
9216 Baileywick Rd. 
Raleigh, NC 27615

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Myrtle Beach Seaside Classic Pickleball Tournament

Hi to all Pickleball Players,
The first annual Seaside Classic will be held in beautiful Myrtle Beach, S.C. on November 1 and 2, 2013.  This tournament is an age/skill level tournament and will be played at The Myrtle Beach Tennis Center at 3302 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In addition to the  tournament on November 1 and 2, 2013, there will be a dinner dance on Thursday night, October 31, 2013 with a full buffet menu and featuring D.J. Jennifer.
The deadline for mail in entries is October 16, 2013 and the deadline for on line registration is October 23, 2013.  Below, we have attached the flyer and registration sheet for your convenience.  We hope to see you there!!
Cindy and Nancy

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pickleball among sports featured at Golden Olympics

Published:  September 18, 2013 -

WARNER ROBINS -- A cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton, pickleball is the newest sport at the Georgia Golden Olympics.

Played with a large paddle and a ball with holes of varying sizes, opponents serve and volley much like tennis.

William and Sheila Slye first started playing eight months ago while living in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Bonaire residents liked it so much, they bought their own graphite paddles and decided to participate in the state games for the first time.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

North Georgia Pickleball Club - Battle of Franklin Winners

Submitted by Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia

North Georgia players Tom Earley, Carole & Bill Hess, Steve & Pat Dunn, Katie Brown, Jon Pyle, Jimmy Williamson, Steve Cooper, Bill Neuman, Steve & Renata Hess, Llana Chadwick, and Cindy Moore came home with gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The Dunns' were the big winners with medals in men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Thanks to all the Franklin "Way North GA PB Club" members who hosted this grand tournament - Joe Gilmore, Stephanie Lane, and Anne Forte.

 We hope to offer you the same great competition and hospitality when you come to our tournament in November!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Beginner's Pickleball

Wednesday, Oct 2 9:30a to 11:30a
More dates & times (30)   TBO -The Tampa Tribune
Englewood Sports Complex EnglewoodFL

New to the game? Want to practice and better learn the rules? Join us every Wed. morning for INDOOR Pickle Ball for Beginners. Program costs $2 per person. Nets, paddles, and balls provided. Call park office at 861-1980 for more info.
Englewood Sports Complex 
1300 S. River Rd. 
EnglewoodFL 34223 
(941) 861-1980 - 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ed Gatrix learns to play PB

Submitted y Ann Earley, Ambassador, North Georgia

Despite the Labor Day rains, Ed Gatrix came out to the courts to learn more about the North Georgia PB Club and the game of Pickleball. Ed will interview my husband Tom and I on September 3 and the program will air a few weeks later.

Check out Ed at and listen to MCFO AM (1160) Metro Atlanta on Sundays at 4 p.m. (really 4:06 p.m., after the CBS News). This is a show for active seniors who'll be entertained and educated by Eddie and his regular guests and characters with experts talking about Medicare, Social Security, health issues, vacations and travel for seniors, retirement destinations and communities, senior dating, AARP and ASA articles and issues, investments, and elder law PLUS entertainment, including music seniors recognize from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. 

Pictured is Ed Gatrix, Tom Earley, and USAPA Regional mascot Bocce and Clyde, mascot intern

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A fun-filled day of Pickleball - September 14, 2013

Pickleball coming to Peachtree City

September 3, 2013,

WHAT IS Pickleball, you ask?
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing Sports in America today. Across the country, more and more people are playing; young and old getting involved and having loads of fun. Whether getting involved for a great cardio workout, as an attempt to stay in shape, or to compete against others in age-level or skill-level tournaments , the game of Pickleball can help you stay active and healthy while providing endless hours of social entertainment, fun, and enjoyment.
The newly formed Peachtree Fayette Sports Alliance, along with the Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau are partnering together with the Peachtree City Tennis Center and putting together a fun-filled day planned around this popular new sports craze. The day’s activities will include a demonstration, free play, a complimentary lunch and an opportunity for round robin play.
PIckleball can be played on a tennis court that has been converted to the dimensions of a PIckleball court. The playing field is smaller, and doubles is the preferred format; equating to less impact on the knees and joints than a normal tennis game.
Anyone interested in participating in the workshop can sign up simply by calling either the Peachtree City CVB at 678-216-0282 or emailing or by calling the Peachtree City Tennis Center at 770-486-9474. There is no charge, and participants are asked to wear tennis shoes and bring a paddle if they have one. Extra paddles will be available for those who do not own one. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. See you on the Pickleball court!

Jacksonville Players Continue to Promote the Game

News from the Sept. 3rd PickleGram - from Jacksonville Beach Area ambassadors Verna Griffin and Sandy Hooker 

*Schedule of Play
Monday and Thursday       6:00-9:30pm                   Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach
Saturday                         8:30-10:30am        Isle of Palms Park, Jax
Please remember to bring plenty of liquids and a chair to the courts.

·         6:00-7:45pm          Recreational Open Play -
·         7:45-9:30pm         Advanced Play – 

.Pickleball by the Sea will be conducting four classes for the UNF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in October.  The classes will be conducted October 1, 8, 15, and 22. 
Round Robin Tournament-  This is an "In House" Tournament: It is not too late to submit a team to the tournament for the month of September. (deadline extended) The Tournament chart will be court side on Thursday, Sept 5th. The goal is to play each team one time in a game of 11 points (win by 2 points). Games can be played at regular scheduled play times and/or at an arranged time agreed upon by the teams involved.

The Jacksonville Senior Pickleball Games will be held at Cuba Hunter Park of Emerson
and I-95. The games will begin on October 2nd (singles), 3rd (doubles), and 4th(mixed doubles). Registration deadline for participation in the tournament is September 20, 2013.  Volunteers will be needed to assist with the operation of running the tournament. If you are interested in volunteering, please see George or Verna.
  CLICK HERE for more tournament information and registration.