Friday, January 31, 2014

Upcoming Events in South Florida

Submitted by Mitchell Ball
Ambassador, South Florida

Celebrate 50 Plus Day YMCA

·         Thursday, February 6, 2014

10:00 AM to 12:15 PM

·         Parkland YMCA

10559 Trails End, Parkland, FL (edit map)
·         The Parkland YMCA Family Center invites you to the Celebrate 50 plus day event. You will enjoy:
Pickleball Demo

Hallandale Mixed Doubles Pickleball Senior Championship 50+

·         Monday, March 10, 2014

9:00 AM

·         Golden Isles Tennis Center

100 Egret Drive, Hallandale Beach, FL (edit map)
·         Senior Championships
3rd Annual Hallandale Beach
Senior Championships
The City of Hallandale Beach Senior Championships are recreational games and activities for men and women, ages fifty years and older. The activities are organized to be fun and a great way to meet other people with similar interests. These games are not qualifiers for any other competitions.
For more information on the 2014 Senior Championships schedule of activities, click here.

For a 2014 Senior Championships Registration form, click here.
Each Participant will receive 1 T-shirt no matter how many events are entered.
The awards breakfast will be held on Friday March 14, 2014
Pickleball Championship will be either a Single Elimination or Double Elimination depending on the amount of people who register.
Hallandale Residents are $5.00 per event/ Non Residents $7 per Event
Register before Feb 28, 2014 to receive above fees.
March 1, 2014 or later $10 per event


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

31 RV Resorts with Pickleball Courts

Southfield, Mich.-based Sun RV Resorts, which owns Palm Creek, has also added pickleball courts at several of its other properties, including Indian, Siesta Bay, Rainbow and Buttonwood Bay RV Resorts in Florida and Casa del Valle in Texas. “Some of them are lighted for night play to allow our residents and guests more time to enjoy this growing sport,” said Lori Rumer, regional vice president of operations and sales for Sun RV Resorts.
“Pickleball has become a mandatory, expected amenity (for RV resorts) to be considered a five-star property that caters to active adults,” said Greg Sidoroff, vice president of operations for La Jolla, Calif.-based SunLand RV Resorts.
See More including a sampling of RV parks and resorts across the Sunbelt that offer pickleball facilities at: Go Camping America

Saturday, January 25, 2014


 Hi to all Pickleball Players,
The Tanglewood  Winter Classic II is February 15, 16 2014.  Men's and women's doubles will be on February
15 and mixed doubles is on February 16.  Deadline for mail in entries isFebruary 4.  Online entries will be accepted until February 9.  To register online go to
This is a skill level with age combination tournament. Click Below for Information Sheet and Registration Form.
Tanglewood has a section of their park called the Outback, which is for RV camping.    The number to call to make reservations is 863-402-1500 and ask for Heather or Debbie.  There is also a Holiday Inn Express across the street from Tanglewood.
Hope to see you there!!

Friday, January 17, 2014


WWAY News Channel 3, Wilmington, NC
January 16, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In this week's edition of Explore with George, George Elliott visits the Wilmington Family YMCA and checks out all it has to offer, including the new Pickle Ball courts.

Avila Resident News, Tampa, FL 
Our first Pickleball clinic was a huge success!! Over 16 residents came out to the community park to participate.
Thank you to the residents who came out this past weekend. A special thank you goes out to Coaches Russell Elefterion and Bill Miller for taking time on a Saturday to teach. Everyone had a great time in spite of the wind!
The Coaches were so excited to see the enthusiasm and natural talent Avila residents have, that Coach Russell has worked his schedule out so that he will be at the Avila Pickleball Courts to lead beginner drills.
If you are interested in joining our beginner drills, they will be held every Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the Avila Community Park. Additionally, every Saturday at 2:00 PM, anyone interested in playing will meet at the Park for a friendly game. The beginner drills and Saturday games are weather permitting.
To sign-up to attend either one of these events or for more information, contact the APOA Office at (813) 949-9768. You can also learn more about Pickleball by visiting We hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

90-year-old pickleball enthusiast nabs Myrtle Beach Volunteer of the Year award, January 15, 2014

Myrtle Beach SC  “We are extremely fortunate that our Volunteer of the Year brought that energy, enthusiasm and persistence here to Myrtle Beach’s recreation programs,” said Rhodes, adding that Grant volunteered 788 hours last year.
For pioneering the city’s pickleball program, she was named a Pickleball Ambassador by the USA Pickleball Association in 2009 and received the Pickleball Pioneer Award in 2010. Her work culminated with the Myrtle Beach Seaside Classic Pickleball Tournament in November, which attracted 140 players from 12 states and Canada.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24  11:58pm

Be part of a great tournament experience for the Beginning to the Advanced player, the second  Atlantic South Regional Tournament is being held in Naples, Florida.  The best way to start in the tournament format is with a Skill Level/ Age Combination Tournament. You play other players at your skill level.

The Social dinner on Thursday January 30, at 7:00pm, will be a full menu buffet, with plenty of great door prizes. If you did not sign up for the dinner and still would like to attend please mail your check for $10 USAPA and $12 for non-USAPA members. It is a great way to kick off the tournament events. There will be other special happenings at the dinner!

New this year we will have 6 top players teaching clinics on Thursday and Sunday for Beginners to the Advanced players who would like to get some instruction from those that are proven skilled players of the game. The clinics are open to the public not just players in the tournament.

All information: the Flyer, Registration Form, and the Clinic Schedule  and Information  is attached.

We are looking for a some players to help partner up with others:
  • Men's Doubles: 1 - 3.5 (50+), 1 - 4.0 (50+), 1 - 4.5 (65+), 3 - 5.0 (19+)
  • Mixed Doubles: (women) 1 -  3.0 (65+),  4 - 3.5 (65+),  2 - 4.0 (65+)  2 - 4.5 (50+)         (men)  1 - 3.5 (50+)
  • Women's Doubles Players: 3.0 (50+, 65+), 3.5 (65+), 4.5 (65+)
If you know of anyone please get them involved, or if it is you why not get involved? We are the only other Regional tournament this side of the Mississippi, and it truly is special to be able to have our Region setting the way to the future of Pickleball!

Ambassadors, now is the time to get your communities, area facilities with players, or  just encourage others to come out and try their skills! A Regional tournament is for EVERYONE!

If you have any questions please call the numbers listed below

Hope to see you there!

Your Tournament Directors,

Nancy and Cindy

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

USAPA Sanctioned Tournament - Sun City Hilton Head

The Sun City Hilton Head Pickleball Club is sponsoring a sanctioned tournament March 29th and 30th.  

This is a skill/age level event.  Age groups include 19+ 35+ 50+ and 65+.  Skill levels include 2.5 thru 5.0.  The groups include women's, men's and mixed doubles.  

The tournament is intended to promote pickleball in the southeast United States while providing the participants challenging competition.  Additionally, proceeds after expenses will go to the Independence Fund for Wounded Warriors and Bluffton Self Help, a local charity.  

Friday March 28th will afford participants an opportunity to practice on their 8 dedicated courts beginning at 12noon.  The courts are all lighted. 

There will be a Low Country Boil Dinner at the hospitality event that evening at 7pm.  Registration is $35 for participation in 2 events.  The dinner is an additional $10 for each person attending. 

 To register for the tournament or to learn more information please Click on the Calander LInk at the top of this page. 

Information is also available on the USAPA Tournament Schedule,  

Happy Pickling!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Auburndale Community Center is adding another sport. Pickleball, a net-sport comparable to tennis and badminton, will be held 10 a.m. Thursdays at the gym on 405 Bennett St. in Auburndale, FL
Contact: Eric Robinson 
Phone: 965=6362
Schedule: Thursdays 10 am-noon 
Fee: zero
Comment: Open to public. Courts taped and portable net provided by participants. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Murder Mystery Game About Pickleball

Submitted by Mitchell Ball, Ambassador, South Florida

Mitchell Ball loves and plays pickleball; Barbara Fox loves and writes mysteries so they combined their interests to create the first and only interactive Murder Mystery Game about Pickleball:  Pickleball Is Murder.  Barbara, a Pickleball and USAPA member, learned about Pickleball a year ago from Mitchell and developed the Pickleball mystery for the first annual holiday Pickleball party.        Mitchell is the South Florida Ambassador of the United States Pickleball Association.  He has set up Pickleball locations throughout Broward county, organized the only Pickleball club in South Florida (over 120 members) and plays and teaches an average of fifteen to twenty hours per week.  Barbara Fox is the producer/director of Mystery On The Menu, an interactive theater company; she has been writing and producing murder mysteries since 1986.  

Pickleball Is Murder is an interactive murder mystery game for eight players.  Each player becomes a character as they share information, examine clues, question each other and try to solve the crime. The victim is a Pickleball champion and the suspects include a jealous fiance, an ambitious coach, an angry sponsor, a second place winner and others.  Barbara developed the story and clues and Mitchell supplied the technical information (rules, regulations) about the game.  Pickleball is Murder is available on line at

For more information contact Mitchell ball at 786 440.6274.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Space Coast Pickleball New

Submitted by: 
Scott Nelson, Ambassador, Florida Space Coast

Dear Pickleballer - Happy New Year
As anticipated we are already seeing an increase in pickleball activity across the county, we are in prime pickleball season. For that reason I constantly am looking to add new venues so that it is convenient to play with out too much wait time.

Pickleball Venue # 10
I would like to welcome our 10th Pickleball venue in Brevard.
Grant Street Community Center. Located at 2547 Grant St. Melbourne, FL  32901.
The Center will be offering open play pickleball starting on January 14th.
The days and times are:  Wednesdays and Fridays 12-2pm starting January 14th.
There is one court available but availability for more.
Cost is $1 per day or annual membership of $18.00.  Also if you are a member of the Eugallie Gym it will be honored at the Grant Street facility with no additional fees.
There will be a free beginner pickleball clinic offered at this facility on Sunday, January 12th from 1-2pm.

The Pickleball Guru Teaching at the Space Coast
Prem Carnot is full-time Pickleball Pro/Coach who specializes in helping racket-sport players master the finer points of pickleball will here at the end of January.
Prem is a full time pickleball teaching Professional, he travels the country teaching pickleball & playing tournaments. His web site is Prem teaches clinics all over the country and get extremely positive feedback. His approach is very hands-on (lots of drills, minimal lecture) and emphasizes “what works best for you” approach, rather than a one-size-fits-all set of techniques.
He has extended the opportunity to share his expertise with the Space Coast pickleball players during his stay here.

Pickleball Tips of the Month
TIP #1
Talk with your partner and make agreements about shots before the game starts. Agreements can include such things as yielding to the partner with a forehand shot when either partner can return a hit. Another agreement may be that one of the partners (the stronger lob re-turner) takes all lob shots and switches to the opposite court are made when necessary. During the game, talk to each other to avoid having both players go for the same shot. 

TIP #2
Pickleball is a sport that is best played by happy people. Yes, intensity is good, but if you are feeling bad about your partner’s play or even about your own mistakes, you are bound to keep making errors. Take time to loosen up and try to be positive, it will only make you a better player.

Pickleball League
I am happy to announce that we will be starting the Space Coasts first Pickleball league this next month. The League will be at Satellite Beach David R. Schechter Community Center and will start February 5th.
The league will run 12 weeks (every Wednesday at 7pm ) and there will be two levels of play (+3.0 &+4.0).
There will be a nominal league fee.
Look for more information coming later this month.

Happy Hitting……