Thursday, August 28, 2014

Greensboro (NC) Hosting Inaugural Summer Pickleball Classic

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West Cobb Senior Center to have pickleball demonstration Sept. 17

Published August 28, 2014 -

The West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs, GA, will have a pickleball demonstration for seniors ages 55-plus from 11:30 a.m. Participants can learn, play and be part of the action as the Lost Mountain Tennis Center offers their newly lined courts to the center for this demonstration.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sun City Peachtree (GA) Pickleball Club will host 2014 Invitational Tournament

The Sun City Peachtree Pickleball Club will be hosting the 2014 Peachtree Invitational Pickleball Tournament on Friday October 3rd, 2014.

Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in America, will be showcased during this Invitational Tournament with over 50 players from Sun City Peachtree, Del Webb at Lake Oconee, and Del Webb Village at Deaton Creek.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Aiken’s pickleball players show improved play

Published August 16, 2014 -

Not only is pickleball growing in Aiken, but the players here are getting better at the sport.

Stan Courtnay, athletic program coordinator for the City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, pointed to the multiple local players that had already won medals at the Palmetto Doubles Invitational Pickleball Tournament by Saturday afternoon. Only one homegrown player picked up a medal a year ago, and there were still plenty more to be won during the event, which continues today at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.
Read more: Aiken’s pickleball players show improved play | Aiken Standard 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A pickleball star in our midst… uh, what’s pickleball?

Published August 13, 2014 -

At 19, Kyle Yates has a lot going for him. The Cypress Lake High School alumnus is a biology major already in his junior year at the University of Florida. He works part-time for his stepfather, Larry Scott, at a veterinary clinic.

And he’s one of the best in the country in his sport. Nevermind that it’s a sport not many people know about.

Mr. Yates, who won’t turn 20 until April, is rated No. 2 in the country in Pickleball. And according to Mark Friedenberg, a Seattle Pickleball expert, founder of the USA Pickleball Association and author of “The Official Pickleball Handbook,” Mr. Yates can get better yet. 

“Being the best in the country?” Mr. Friedenberg wrote in an email. “He can certainly become the best!”

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Inaugural Summer Pickleball Classic Set for August 28-30

The Greensboro (NC) Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the inaugural Greensboro Summer Pickleball Classic August 28-30 at the Greensboro Sportsplex, 2400 16th Street. Pickleball is often described as a combination of tennis, badminton, and racquetball, and this tournament marks the first of its kind in Greensboro. Named one of the fastest growing sports in America by Athletic Business Magazine, participants are expected from around the state and southeast. The event is sponsored by Pickleball Central and Mt. Olive Pickles, who will also provide giveaways to tournament participants.

The tournament will consist of both men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles in the 35-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ age ranges. The tournament begins Thursday, August 28 with a practice session from 12 noon to 6 pm. Tournament play starts Friday, August 29 at 9 am. To register, go online at or visit the Sportsplex. For more information, contact James Goodyear at 336-373-3280.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


(Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hosted by: Carolina Courts (12 Indoor Courts)
24 SW Spring St., Concord, NC 28025

$35 Per Person (Flat Fee. Includes 1 or 2 Events) 
Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 15, 2014 or until filled 

Social Meet/Dine on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 PM
(Location to be Announced) 

Bring a non-perishable food item and you will be entered to win a door prize.
(Otherwise tickets are a dollar each.)

CLICK HERE for more information and registration form.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Game on! It's Pickle-ball!

Published August 6, 2014 -

THOMASVILLE — Ann Whitt had never even heard of Pickle-ball when she discovered the sport during a recent trip to Florida. Now she's pretty much addicted to it.

"I joined the Thomasville Y because they have Pickle-ball," said Debbie Gordon, one of 12 participants in bi-weekly morning Pickle-ball sessions at the Tom A. Finch Community YMCA.

Petra Halker wasn't the least bit stressed over taking up a new sport.

"We're all new at it," she said. "I used to play tennis and it sort of transfers over. It's active for sure."

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Brevard Health And Racquet Club Adds Pickleball – Brevard NC

Published August 7, 2014 -

Although almost 50 years-old people may have never heard of the game called "pickleball," the US Pickleball Association estimates between 40-50,000 people worldwide are playing.

Pickleball was introduced in 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle as a backyard family game on a badminton sized court (44' X 20') with a 34-inch net. The inventors used wooden paddles and a whiffle ball that happened to belong to the family cocker spaniel, Pickles. The story goes that the dog would chase after errant balls and it became known as "Pickles' ball"...thus the name.

Mike and Josh Vandergrift prepare the lines of one of the outdoor pickleball courts. The courts are now open for play. Reservations can be made for 1.5-hour sessions. Anyone is invited to view the facility, ask for information or request a lesson.
Mike and Josh Vandergrift prepare the lines of one of the outdoor pickleball courts. The courts are now open for play. Reservations can be made for 1.5-hour sessions. Anyone is invited to view the facility, ask for information or request a lesson. (Courtesy photo)

The sport is a mixture of table tennis, paddle tennis, badminton and tennis. It is played with a paddle about 8 inches wide and 15 inches long, including the handle, faced with plywood, graphite or composite. The ball is a perforated plastic ball about the size of a tennis ball.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pickleball Today in Richmond Hill, GA


It's for ALL ages 5-85!!!!

It's a cross between tennis and ping pong. Check out this youtube video to see what it's all about. 

We will be hosting our FIRST Pickle ball demo.

SAT AUG 2nd at 12:30 pm in the Richmond Hill Gym, 508 Timber Trail.

Come out and give it a try. We'd love to have enough interest to start regular pickle ball games every week!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Doubles Pickleball Tournament in Dunwoody, GA

September 14, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
MJCCA-Zaban Park

5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

Beat the end of summer heat at our Bi-Annual Pickleball Tournament! Perfect for players of all ages and skill levels, the tournament will be grouped by skill level. Players may register as doubles teams, and our event organizers will also pair up registered singles. Tournament consists of three groupings, with a guaranteed minimum of four games per grouping. The top teams advance for a chance to compete for the championship. Off the court, the MJCCA invites all registered pickleball players to take advantage of our other facilities for the day. Snacks and beverages are provided.

Advanced registration required.

Member: $15.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Open to the Community
CLICK HERE for more information and to register.