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Selkirk Sport Driving Pickleball to New Heights Announces $300,000 Available In 2019 Professional Pickleball Player Incentive Prize Pool

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Pickleball’s growth prompt’s 50-percent incentive pool increase from 2018; $77,400 on the line at U.S. Open April 27- May 4; Tyson McGuffin, the No.1 ranked pickleball player in the world headlines team Selkirk.

Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand is taking professional pickleball to new heights, as the Company announced $300,000 will be available as part of the 2019 Player Incentive pool, a 50% increase from 2018. As part of the incentive program, $77,400 will be up for grabs to Team Selkirk members at the upcoming US Open Pickleball Championships, April 27 – May 4 at East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida, where Team Selkirk’s Tyson McGuffin, the #1 ranked singles player in the world looks to defend his title.

Selkirk’s Player Incentive Pool for 2019 is offered to brand ambassadors as a bonus to the tournament prize money, and in many cases, the Selkirk incentive pool prize money is greater than the tournament purse.  The player incentive pool is for the top finishers in each respective professional Pickleball division, including singles, doubles and mixed doubles (Open & Senior Open Divisions), with a Triple Crown Bonus if a Team Selkirk Athlete captures first place in all three divisions. Currently, a $4,000 top prize is on the line at the US Open, if a player/team wins the National Men’s (Singles & Doubles), National Women’s (Singles & Doubles) or Mixed Open Division, with a $6,000 Triple Crown Bonus available if an individual captures all three. Players must enroll in the Selkirk incentive pool program to be eligible for prize money and must compete with a Selkirk Paddle.

“Increasing our incentive pool by 50-percent to $300,000 reinforces our overall commitment to support our brand ambassadors while continuing to invest in the growth of Pickleball,” said Rob Barnes, Managing Partner, Selkirk Sport.

In addition to McGuffin, Team Selkirk’s elite line-up of more than 100 brand ambassadors includes Kaitlyn Christian, a 27-year old Professional Tennis Player ranked 38th in the world in Doubles by the WTA; JoAnne Russell, 1977 Wimbledon Doubles Champion; Cammy MacGregor, former Top 75 Professional Tennis Player, 2018 US Open Senior Pickleball Singles Champion and winner of the 2018 USA Pickleball National Championships in Senior Singles & Doubles, among many others.

To complement the U.S. Open incentive pool, Selkirk will offer the incentive pool at major championships on the professional pickleball circuit highlighted by the $122,800 that will be available at the 2019 U.S. Nationals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in November, with a $10,000 Triple Crown Bonus.  Additionally, more than $50,000 will be on the line at the 2019 Tournament of Champions in Brigham City, Utah in September. The line-up of tournaments where Team Selkirk Ambassadors will have an opportunity to earn additional money includes the Beer City Open, Canadian Nationals, and Texas Open in addition to recent tournaments, The Lakes Spring Fling and The International Indoor Pickleball Championships.

More than 100 Team Selkirk athletes will compete on the professional circuit equipped with the innovative AMPED Seriesa high performance, Made-in-the-USA line of pickleball paddles that combine revolutionary FiberFlex Fiberglass face technology, a thicker X5 polypropylene core, and a unibody design. Available in 5 distinct models InviktaEpicMaximaS2, and Omni) suited for all styles of play, and a series of vibrant color stories, Selkirk’s AMPED Series delivers increased power, precise ball control, and a larger sweet spot – the most critical benefits to maximize performance.

For more information on Selkirk Sport, Team Selkirk’s stable of Professional Pickleball Ambassadors and the innovative AMPED Series paddle line-up visit To follow the Company through social media please visit Selkirk on Facebook at or Twitter @SelkirkSport.

About Selkirk Sport: Selkirk Sport, a Made-in-the-USA Manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company based in Hayden, Idaho, located in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport is born off a passion for sport, as well as the great western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the Company’s founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service.  As part of their early success, Selkirk Sport was the very first Pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. And, to meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the Company developed low-profile edgeguards that are lightweight and extremely durable. In just three years, Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies, and their paddles are used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Cammy MacGregor, Kaitlyn Christian and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions.  Story  SGB Media

2019 Pickleball Stay N Play

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Pickleball Stay N Play – Florida

Stay and Play  is a very popular option now with recent trips to Punta Cana, Arizona, Hilton Head and now Florida.  Yesterday I had and opportunity to take a private lesson with IPTPA instructor Scott Tingley at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club near Sarasota Florida.  Scott is a great friend and instructor and I picked up a few points on how to improve my game.  There are many camps and opportunities to STAY N PLAY and I would recommend that you give it a “shot” if you have not mixed pickleball and travel.

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Scott is currently the Head of Pickleball at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Scott was born in Clearwater, Florida.  It is here that he began his love for tennis back in 1981 at the age of 10.  Playing with players from all over the country, he ranked for the first time nationally at the age of 14.As the years went on, life began to happen and the racquets got dusty until he found Pickleball in January 2012.  Scott’s passion for Pickleball gre so quickly that before he knew it, he was investing as many as 15+ hours per week and loving every second of it.  He was quickly playing with players that were national champions.

In Scott’s very first tournament, he placed 4th playing at a 4.0 level with only 9 months experience.  This first tournament only fueled his fire and, since then, has played in numerous tournaments every year with over 40+ medals, including Silver Medal 5.0 45+ Singles and Bronze Medal 5.0 40+ Men’s Doubles at the 2016 US Open in Naples, FL.

Over the years, he has enjoyed teaching and coaching in many different sports.  He has most recently been working as a private Pickleball coach in the Punta Gorda area and has done group clinics around the US.  His abilities and teaching techniques help students feel comfortable on the court and has earned him the privilege of serving as an IPTPA Certifier for Instructors.  It is Scott’s passion to assist students as well as instructors to sharpen their own abilities to achieve what they need to take their passion to the next level.

Scott lives in Venice with his wife Deborah and kids Ryan and Meaghan.

Scott Tingley
Head of Pickleball
Esplanade Golf and Country Club


Pickleball Brawl Leads To Arrest

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Special “The Villages Florida Report”

Lan Nguyen Augustus, 61, of the Village of Charlotte, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Monday on a felony charge of battery on a person over the age of 65, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

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Her husband had been lying in bed in the master bedroom when the couple got into an argument over a pickleball clinic being offered in The Villages. The couple went into the living room where “things began to escalate” and Augustus, who is 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds, punched him in the face, the report said. They moved to a bathroom where his Vietnamese-born wife punched him again.

The husband went back to the master bedroom, took pictures of his face and went to bed. He slept for about an hour before Augustus came into the bedroom to gather some of her things. She went to another bedroom and locked the door. Her husband tried to talk to her through the door. Augustus, who has participated with her husband in a prominent dance competition in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, opened the door and pushed him back. She punched him and went to an office in the Designer home the couple purchased in 2014 for $367,300. She picked up a cup and “fearing for his safety,” he took it away from her, the report said. He wrapped his arms around her and placed her on the floor until she “calmed down.” They discussed the possibility of her going to a hotel for the night.

Lan Augustus is an artist.

While Augustus, who is an artist, was seated on the floor, she picked up a small metal easel and struck her husband’s foot two times. He went back to the master bedroom and called law enforcement.

When interviewed by a deputy, Augustus also said their argument started over pickleball. She said she left the bedroom and her husband followed her, trying to talk about the pickleball issue. She said she went into the garage to pick up a container so she could give herself a pedicure, but her husband blocked her re-entry into the home. She made her way into the home but when she went to get some water, he chest bumped her again. She finished her pedicure and went into the bedroom where her husband was sleeping.  She wanted to retrieve her cell phone and personal items so she could sleep in another bedroom. Her husband came to the door of that bedroom, which she opened. That’s when “another verbal altercation began at the threshold of the door that escalated into a physical altercation in the front hallway, where the victim chest bumped the defendant,” the deputy wrote in the report.

Augustus was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center where bond was set at $5,000. She was released at 12:34 p.m. Monday. 

While Augustus, who is an artist, was seated on the floor, she picked up a small metal easel and struck her husband’s foot two times. He went back to the master bedroom and called law enforcement.

When interviewed by a deputy, Augustus also said their argument started over pickleball. She said she left the bedroom and her husband followed her, trying to talk about the pickleball issue. She said she went into the garage to pick up a container so she could give herself a pedicure, but her husband blocked her re-entry into the home. She made her way into the home but when she went to get some water, he chest bumped her again. She finished her pedicure and went into the bedroom where her husband was sleeping.  She wanted to retrieve her cell phone and personal items so she could sleep in another bedroom. Her husband came to the door of that bedroom, which she opened. That’s when “another verbal altercation began at the threshold of the door that escalated into a physical altercation in the front hallway, where the victim chest bumped the defendant,” the deputy wrote in the report.   Source – The Villages On Line

2019 March Madness Wrap Up

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Special March Madness Wrap Up

Jon Post pulled several rabbits out of his hat as the 2019 March Madness is now in the books.  A highlight of this year’s event was a tribute to the late John Stevens which raised over $2,000.00 in his honor and will enable memorial benches to be ordered in his honor. Special thanks to all of our volunteers who make these tournament possible.  The next Carolina Court’s events are in August with the “Beat The Heat” and SSIPA Seniors coming your way.  Mark your calendars now..

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Pickleball, Anyone?

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Special Feature

Note:  The following article was picked up for this site and features Robert Nibarger and Peter Popovich citing several little known facts about pickleball…..

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Three years ago, Oro Valley, Ariz. resident Sherry Circle felt completely isolated from the world. She was diabetic and weighed more than 300 pounds. “I was an athlete in high school,” explains 63-year-old Circle, who had to wear a CPAP machine at night for her sleep apnea. “I lost all that because of bad choices. I had no purpose in life.”

Circle’s uncle asked her if she would consider playing pickleball. “I said to him, what the heck is pickleball?”

Her uncle instructed Circle to go to his garage and get his paddle. He told her to take the paddle to the local recreation center in Oro Valley and ask someone to teach her how to play.

“So, I walked over on a Thursday morning and held up my paddle,” says Circle. “I said, ‘My uncle said you guys would teach me how to play this game.’ I haven’t stopped since.”

No Pickles Involved

Pickleball is quickly gaining ground as one of the most popular team sports for older athletes in North America and is a huge hit in many retirement communities. It was created on Bainbridge Island, Wash. in the summer of 1965. Former State Representative Joel Pritchard and his friend Bill Bell returned from a golf game and found their families were bored and in need of an activity.

They could not find a complete set of racquets to play badminton. So they improvised a game by “pickling together” items from different sports, using a Wiffle ball, ping pong paddles and a badminton net. The game was an immediate hit.

Another friend, Barney McCallum, was introduced to the game the following weekend. The three men eventually crafted a larger paddle out of plywood, and created a set of rules for their new game, with the core idea that all members of a family could play together.

The sport took off by word of mouth, and by 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 states.

In 2015, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) called pickleball “the fastest growing sport in the United States.” Today, clubs can be found across the United States and Canada, with many new international ones forming around the world.

The rules are simple, beginning with a requirement that the ball must bounce on each side of the net before players can hit the ball in the air or on the “volley.” Games are scored to 11 points. As in volleyball, a point can only be scored by the serving team.

Social Court

“It is [a very] social activity because pickleball is very interactive. Some sports are not,” says 71-year-old Bob Nibarger, board member at large of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) and tournament director for Carolina Courts and the Concord Tournament Series.

“Lawn bowling, for example, there’s not a lot of communication that goes on among players, but when playing pickleball you’re constantly busy every second,” Nibarger says. “You’re sending the ball or you’re receiving the ball, you’re running or jumping. We have kids playing as early as six years old, and people up into their 90s. I’ve seen great-grandparents playing with grandparents playing with parents and kids and grandkids. It’s a multi-generational type of sport.”

Nibarger tells a story of a husband and wife who play pickleball together. The husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. “He still plays pickleball every day. It’s his guiding light, what keeps him going,” he says.

Nibarger has also seen older people who have lost a spouse and found some solace in playing pickleball. “Typically, a person will go into a deep depression, they don’t know where to turn. With pickleball, they’re active, they’re physical and they get this social network going. It changes their outlook on life,” he says.

Carol Michaels is the founder and creator of Recovery Fitness® and co-author of Exercises for Cancer Survivors. “Older adults oftentimes are isolated due to death of a spouse, divorce or retirement. Additionally, as people age, they may have to move to a new area where they do not have friends, due to their financial or family situation. To add to potentially isolating changes, the older population may have health issues which cause them to stay home,” Michaels says.

In a new report developed with AARP Foundation support, researchers examined existing data to estimate the prevalence of loneliness among adults aged 62 to 91. The report found that 19 percent of older adults experience relatively frequent loneliness. Pickleball, as well as other team sports, can offer the benefits of exercise, but there are mental benefits, too.

“Particularly for aging populations, psychological well-being is vastly improved through connections with others,” says Carla Marie Manly, a clinical psychologist and author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

“When you couple physical exercise with the emotional connection provided through team sports, the body, mind, and spirit all thrive. There is an increase in each person’s sense of joy and overall well-being,” she says. “Team sports can bring about a sense of vitality, camaraderie, and sheer fun; this radiant type of energy can halt aging worries in their tracks.”

Sports Minded

Peter Popovich, 66, owner of 3P Coachsulting in Charlotte, N.C., had been involved in sports since high school, playing tennis, racquetball and badminton in competitive events. As an older adult, he continued his passion for competitive sports by serving as an ambassador for the North Carolina Senior Games. He was asked to promote an exhibition game of a sport he hadn’t heard of — pickleball — and was immediately hooked.

“It is a blend of tennis, badminton and table tennis, and it was so different, yet so similar to the other racquet sports,” he says. “It’s very easy to have a sense of competence, and there is an ease of entry. And with pickleball, there’s such a sense of community.”

Para-Pickleball, or wheelchair pickleball, was officially recognized as a competitive branch of Pickleball by the USA Pickleball Association in 2016.

“I was playing the tournament up in Portland, Maine last year, and in the lobby there was a lady [in a wheelchair] who used to be a racquetball player and tennis player,” Popovich says.

Popovich told her she could play pickleball, but she didn’t believe him. “I just put a paddle in her hand, and kneeled in front of her, and we just tapped the ball back and forth to each other. The smile on her face, was to me, just priceless. She can’t play racquetball other than in her mind, she can’t play tennis other than in her mind. But she could tap this plastic ball, the pickleball, back and forth with me. It was so rewarding to see the smile on her face, to see that competitive twinkle come into play.”

Success Story

Michaels says that orthopedics issues are common among adults over the age of 60, and pickleball can be played by people with them. “Participation in a gentle sport such as pickleball has been a game changer. Pickleball is easy on the body; there is no overhead motion, and the court is small,” she says. “My clients over 60 who have participated in this sport have remarked that is has helped to decrease depression.”

But Popovich warns that players must be advised of safety on the court, since older adults are not able to move in the same way they did when they were younger. He stresses that they should use their quads to stay low, make sure they don’t run backwards and turn and slide with caution.

“An ambassador of the sport will make sure [newcomers] will experience pickleball without getting themselves into trouble,” he says.

Sherry Circle lost 115 pounds in 7 months, attributing the larger percentage of that loss to regular pickleball play. She competed in the 2018 Margaritaville Pickleball National Tournament (winning the bronze medal with a younger partner in the Womens 3.0, 55-59 age group) and is studying to become a pickleball referee.

Circle no longer takes diabetes medication, and is completely off the CPAP machine.  “I thought I was going to be dead. I was depressed and unmotivated,” she says. “But now, I believe that we have a tripod that we live on. Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy finances. I was missing the segment of exercise. Now, I pop right out of bed. The journey has been incredible and beyond amazing!”

By Rosie Wolf Williams

Rosie Wolf Williams is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in USA Weekend, Woman’s Day, AARP the Magazine and elsewhere.@alwaysrosie

Pickleball Bar Opening in San Antonio Later This Year

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Pickleball Expands in Bar Restaurant Venues

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Chicken-N-Pickleball is leading the charge combining pickleball in a restaurant/bar setting.  Such is the case as their new facility in San Antonio. The sprawling four acre Chicken-N-Pickle complex coming to San Antonio later this year will feature four bars. The original location lies just north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, a second location opened this week in Wichita, Kansas and San Antonio will open the third location.  Kellen Mumm, the company’s VP of business development, said in an email that they expect to break ground in San Antonio by the end of March, with plans to open later this year.  The four bars will be balanced around 11 pickleball courts and a massive restaurant featuring rotisserie chicken amid other chef-driven bar fare.  Mumm said that while the San Antonio menu will follow that of their other locations, they plan to spend considerable time sourcing food and drink from local purveyors and brewers. When any company expands into Texas, targeting San Antonio first is atypical. Speaking to this, Mumm mentioned the right spot (the corner of UTSA blvd and Vance Jackson) becoming available, the city’s projected growth and even the people. “Our team quickly fell in love with the city and the exciting growth potential there, and wanted to be a part of it.”

Story and photo complements of the San Antonio Times

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