Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adult Pickleball League Registration Ends Jan. 29

Published January 25, 2016 - www.wfncnews.com

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Pickleball League ends Friday, Jan. 29.

Space is limited to the first 48 registrants. The entry fee is $ 35 per person, and the league is limited to participants ages 18 and older.

Online registration is available at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/. To register in person, visit the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., or the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

'Anybody can play ' Pickleballers flock to play popular sport

Published January 23, 2016 - www.nwfdailynews.com

DESTIN — Locals and snowbirds gathered Saturday to play a game or two of pickleball at Destin United Methodist Church.

“The sport was introduced to us about four years ago here by a snowbird,” said Colon Terrell, the Emerald Coast Florida District Ambassador to the USA Pickleball Association.

Terrell teaches beginners every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:15 a.m. to noon year-round in the church’s Life Center.

“It is a fast-growing sport with 400,000 pickleball association members, and it has already been entered to the seniors Olympics,” he said.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

The Pickleball Mile

A Pickleball Mile is not about an exact measure of distance.

​A Pickleball Mile is an attitude. It is an attitude that says "I am going to take control of my life and most importantly I'm going to take control of my health. It is all about having fun, but having fun with a purpose in mind. To live healthy."

After months of gathering very unscientific measurements using FitBits, Nike Fuel Bands and numerous pedometers, it has been determined that an average game of Pickleball requires you to move approximately 600 - 700 steps. With that in mind, it then takes about 4 games of Pickleball to cover the distance of one mile.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pickleball growing in popularity in Clay

Published January 13, 2016 - www.claytodayonline.com

FLEMING ISLAND (FL) – Nets stretched across the Barco-Newton YMCA gym. Fletcher Turner, 70, grabbed his paddle and headed to the blue-lined court with his partner. He stepped behind the baseline, stretched his paddle out behind him with one hand and held out a plastic, whiffle-type ball with the other. He dropped the ball and swung, sailing it diagonally across the net into his opponent’s service box.

And after a few more serves and volleys, Turner and his partner won their game of pickleball.

“Well my wife is the athlete,” he joked on the sideline, “but I’ve been playing over a year now. It’s high energy, but it’s low impact and there’s no age limit.”

Pickleball has been described as one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., with leagues popping up and tournaments being played more all over the country.

“Anyone who plays falls in love with it right away,” said Edith Hardee, 71, another pickleball devotee.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Catch Pickleball fever from infectious laughter

Published January 11, 2016 - www.tallahassee.com

On Wednesdays and Fridays, starting at 11:30 a.m. and through much of the afternoon, the sounds of whiffle ball whacking followed by echoes of laughter are emitted from the 2nd floor auditorium of the Senior Center. That delightful sound is Pickleball.

According to Lynda Dickens, volunteer group leader, Pickleball was designed specifically for active adults in 1965, and is a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong. Lynda thinks the sport mostly resembles tennis as the layout is similar to a tennis court but on a smaller scale. Pickleball is played with partners, but your partner can change from game to game.

Pickleball appears to be an economical sport as well as, “Most people wear T-shirts and shorts with the priciest item being a good pair of tennis shoes,” says Lynda. I have even witnessed people playing in casual work attire, with sneakers. To play, you use a whiffle ball and a paddle, specifically made for Pickleball, as your racquet. If you don't have a paddle, TSC has some you can borrow, and it is only $2 to play!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pickleball team participates in tournament

Published January 5, 2016 - www.thebrunswicknews.com

The Golden Isles Pickleball Society (GIPS), founded last year in Darien, recently participated in a pickleball tournament in St. Marys/Kingsland. The inaugural event attracted nearly 50 players from Fernandina Beach, Fla., to Athens.

The Camden County Leisure Services Department recently converted two of its tennis courts into four permanent pickleball courts, allowing more players to play at the same facility, making for a larger tournament. The one-day event included a catered lunch and a holiday food bank drive.

Winners included Tonya Lam and Nood Lawler, both of Darien, in the beginner ladies championship; Charon Sharp and Emily Rudow, both of St. Simons Island, in the intermediate ladies championship; and JT Tolbert of St. Simons in the intermediate men’s championship. Charlie Crawley of St. Simons and Marshall Hogue of Brunswick won second place in the intermediate men’s division, while Randy Rogers of Shellman Bluff and Carly Hardy of Darien placed second in the mixed doubles open.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Battle of the Bray Pickleball Classic Deadline Approaching

The deadline for registering for the "Battle of the Bray" Pickleball Classic in Bradenton, FL is Thursday, January 7, 2016.  Around 200 players are expected to participate in this age/skill level tournament on January 16 and 17.

Thanks to the Bradenton Area Sports Commission's sponsorship many of the players will receive a special Tervis Tumbler water bottle as their award in addition to a custom-made dry-fit shirt.

Please join us at the Players Pickleball Social at R.J. Gators (located at 6100 Cortez Road West) on Friday, January 15, from 6:00-8:00pm.  Dinner is on your own but all beverages are free except alcoholic beverages.

A "Suncoast Club Champions Banner" will be presented to the Pickleball Club that registers the most pickleball players and those players do well in the tournament.  Past winners include:  Kings Point in Sun City and Englewood.

CLICK HERE to register online.

More exciting news is that the Suncoast Pickleball Association will be adding a 2.5 beginners division playing a round robin format (more fun/less intimidating) for all its tournaments starting in February 2016.