Marcus doing some “smackdown”     USAPA

Pickleball is among the fastest growing sports in the USA, and it is rapidly catching on in other countries as well. With the addition of new pickleball courts in thousands of towns, comes the need to introduce a small army of potential players to the game and help them consistently and safely improve their skills.

To meet that need USAPA has developed Teaching Guidelines as the initial phase of a broad program to support local player-teachers who are entrusted with the responsibility to teach the game to beginner and intermediate players. The Guidelines (released to members Sept. 12, 2016) provide a comprehensive document that prescribes minimum content for developing lesson plans, plus teaching prerequisites, pickleball etiquette, common drills, a teacher code of conduct and more.

To learn more about the four-phase program, phases 2 and 3 of which are still under development, click on Teacher Support Program below.

North Carolina Pickleball

City of Jacksonville NC Tournament 

Thursday, March 2 Practice Courts available and a Social at a nearby restaurant
Friday, March 3 Men’s and Women’s Senior Doubles (50+, 60+ and 70+)
Saturday, March 4 Mixed Senior Doubles (50+, 60+ and 70+)
Sunday, March 5 Open Men’s Doubles (all ages)


Registration Form Available Soon – Save the date….

Cape Fear Membership Hits 200+

North Carolina Pickleball


Special Cape Fear Edition

CFPC has passed the 200 member mark! It has taken less than a year for the club to meet this milestone. And new members are being added all the time. Thanks to everyone who has joined for contributing to the CFPC’s success and making pickleball a growing phenomenon in the Cape Fear area.

Mike McGrath Shares His Pickleball Summit Notes

The Pickleball Summit was a three day training event held at Carolina Courts in Concord, NC in July, featuring lessons from some of the game’s best players and teachers. CFPC Director of Training Mike McGrath attended and has been gracious enough to share his notes and observations with us. Mike has also agreed to share […]

Greenfield Park Play Expanding to Weekday Evenings


To provide more opportunities for outdoor play at Greenfield Lake Park, and particularly to provide more playing time for those members who work during the day, the CFPC is expanding play at Greenfield from Saturday only to select evenings during the week. To facilitate this, we are using SignUp Genius, an online sign-up service. No fees are involved. You don’t even have to have an account. Just a name and an email is required.  Sign up for the time you want to play, and see who else is coming at that time so you know there will be enough people to play. Links to the sign up forms are available on the Places to Play page.

Remember that keys to the storage box holding the nets and balls are available to club members. Once you have a key you can play any time you would like. To get a key ($3), contact Kevin Chandler (

Visit their web page by clicking the following link    LINK

Congratulation Cape Fear on developing an outstanding club.

Wake Forest Growth Continues

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Special Wake Forest Edition


Dingy Dave = 6,000 Mile Pickleball Trip

North Carolina Pickleball

Special Feature

Some people really love their pickleball.

One man, “Dinghy” Dave Pike, is navigating 6,000 miles between his Michigan home and Florida, stopping along the way to play the badminton-like sport with as many people as possible.

Dave “Dinghy Dave” Pike of Grand Haven, Michigan, plays a game of pickleball Wednesday at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. Pike stopped here on his “Journey,” a rigid inflatable watercraft, on the Mississippi River en route to Key West, Florida.
Fred Lynch
He stopped in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday night to anchor his boat and camp, and by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday was working up a sweat with the local pickleball club at the Osage Centre.

Since his stop in Cape Girardeau marked the only one in Missouri, Mayor Harry Rediger proclaimed Wednesday as “Dave Pike Pickleball Day in the City of Cape Girardeau.”

Pike said he’s been playing pickleball for more than four years. When he got the urge to travel, he figured he might as well see the country’s pickleball courts.

“This gives me a kind of a window into the communities that I stop in,” he said. “I get to know the people, interact with them, and I’m meeting a lot of new friends. It’s actually making it a highlight of my trip.”

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