Leland Dream Now Reality

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It’s a sweet sport with a sour name: pickleball.

The game has been around for more than 50 years, but one county in the region is a hotbed for the sport.

Pickleball originated in Bainbridge Island, Wash., when two men decided to use an old badminton court to get their families out of the house and give them something to do. They couldn’t find badminton rackets so they improvised and used ping pong paddles with a perforated ball.

Brunswick County is full of retirees who like pickleball, which is part of the reason Brunswick County resident and pickleball player Richard Holloman decided to start the House of Pickleball in Leland.

“We said, ‘We are gonna build a world-class indoor pickleball facility,'” Holloman said. “It’s been a two-year dream that’s now a reality.”

“I thought, this game sounds crazy, and then I tried it and got hooked, which is a really common story,” U.S pickleball champion Corrine Carr said at the new facility on opening day.

The 12,000 square foot facility is pickleball palace of sorts, boasting six indoor courts to keep up with the craze that’s a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong often played by retirees.

“Tennis is pretty hard on the joints and pickleball, you can take a tennis player and they can enjoy a game with similarities, but without any discomfort,” said Carr.

Most players say the game is about the social aspect, and the camaraderie, not the competition.

“Everyone is so friendly,” Carr said. “You are out there with people that all love this game. You don’t have to be a pro. Anyone can come out and have fun.”

“I hope it becomes the fun center of Brunswick County, the place to go to have fun,” Holloman said. “The beauty of pickleball is you can play with grandparents, parents and children, all three in the same game, and everyone leaves and says, ‘Wow, that was fun.'”

Source  WETC TV


Georgia Hosts USAPA Regionals Oct 2018

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Regional USAPA Announcement

2018 USAPA Atlantic South Regional Skill/Age Sanctioned Tournament and SSIPA Circuit Event

Hosted by the Spalding County Pickleball Association

October 18 – 21, 2018

Come join us at the beautiful 18 court Spalding County Pickleball Complex in Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park 1301 Cowan Rd, Griffin, GA. 30223                                                      
Registration opened July 1, 2018
Registration closes October 3, 2018
Online registration only. No paper forms.  Entrants must be a USAPA Member. To join or renew membership in USAPA go to: http://www.usapa.org/members 
Registration Fee: $52 plus $5.00 per event and a $15.00 referee fee.
 Online payment is available through PayPal or credit card only. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay online.  You may also pay through PayPal using your credit or debit card.
After we close we will still keep a waiting list.
Players will not appear in the event list until their registration is complete.
You are not guaranteed a spot in an event until both partners for each event are fully registered, your fees are paid, and your waiver has been signed.
Cancellation PolicySeptember 29, 2018. Sorry, no refunds after this deadline for any reason.
PLEASE NOTE:  October is historically the driest month of the year in Georgia.
Referees will be paid $5 per match.   Certified Referees will be paid $7 per match.                                 
                                Tournament Ball: Onix Fuse
 Skill Groups: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0
Age Groups: 18 & under, 19+, 35+, 50+, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Medals will be awarded by the skill and age group the player has entered.
Note: only one age and skill level may be entered per event
 Event Schedule
Thursday:  Oct. 18th, Practice Day
Friday:       Oct. 19th, Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles 
Saturday:   Oct. 20th, Mixed Doubles
Sunday:      Oct. 21st, Women’s Doubles and Men’s Singles     
Each player will receive a long sleeve tournament shirt, along with a ticket for one lunch which may be used on any of the three days of the tournament.  Lunch will be provided by the Griffin-Spalding Business and Tourism Association and The Spalding County Pickleball Association.

2017 Fantastic Opening for Griffin Pickleball


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Special USAPA Ratings Notice

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July 2, 2018
The USAPA Board of Directors, the USAPA Ratings Committee, USAPA staff, and the staff from PickleballTournaments.com and PickleballRatings.com are pleased to announce that the much anticipated USAPA Tournament Player Ratings (UTPR) will be releasedMonday, July 9, 2018. This is a major step for our players, membership and the sport!

We understand you may have many questions about your new UTPR such as “How are ratings calculated?,” “How will ratings be used for tournaments?,” “My rating is much lower than it was under the previous system, why?” To best answer these questions, we have developed a UTPR FAQ that we encourage you to read carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Once you have read through the entire FAQ, if you still have questions send an email to: RatingChair@usapa.org.

This project has been a major commitment and top priority for everyone involved. As you can imagine, we have encountered many obstacles in our journey to provide an accurate and fair rating system for all tournament players. Unlike the old ratings program, the new USAPA Tournament Player Rating System is fully automated. In order to ensure a solid foundation, we are launching a Player History Review Phase. The player review phase is designed to have players actively help to ensure that we have player history as accurate as possible. Correct historical data is critical in order for the system to provide accurate ratings. During this time, we are asking all USAPA member tournament players to carefully review his/her tournament history for errors including:

  • tournament results
  • listed partners
  • divisions played
  • missing tournaments or events

This is a key step in the process that will aid in the most accurate delivery of initial ratings possible. To view your personal tournament history being used to calculate your new ratings, click here. (Member login required).

If you identify a specific issue, such as the ones described above, please report the issue along with any details in an email to:MatchReview@PickleballTournaments.com. Please understand that we will not begin reviewing these errors until Tuesday, July 10. We appreciate your patience during the launch of the ratings. We will be carefully reviewing and responding to all reported errors and we anticipate it will take approximately 2 – 3 months to work through all of the reported issues.

During the Player History Review Phase, the ratings published onMonday, July 9, 2018 will be the new ratings used for all future tournament registrations including the 2018 USAPA National Tournament. Please keep in mind it is possible during this time that your rating may adjust slightly. This may occur even if none of your results change, but something with a partner or an opponent’s history can impact your rating. During this time, whatever your rating is at the time you register for a tournament, that is the level you may play. Remember, you can still choose to play up in a higher skill level.

The USAPA Board of Directors wishes to say a special “Thank You” to PickleballTournaments.com, PickleballRatings.com, and the USAPA Ratings Committee for their dedication to this project. We also wish to thank the USAPA membership for their continued support!

Jack Thomas, USAPA President

Christine Barksdale, USAPA Managing Director of Competition


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USTA Leading The Way In Technology


Come On Pickleball lets get with it and get our technology Mojoe going.  The USTA has announced a fantastic new program.   See the video below.

Send us your 2019 Tournament Schedule to  ncpickleball@gmail.com

2019 Carolina Courts Schedule


Carolina Courts Announces 2019 Pickleball Tournament Schedule

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Carolina Courts “Concord” 2019 Pickleball Schedule

Carolina Courts CEO Scott Chitwood announced last week that Carolina Courts Concord will be cutting it’s pickleball schedule from six to three major tournaments per year beginning in 2019.  Tournaments for 2019 include the March Madness, Beat the Heat and Holiday Smash.  All three of these tournaments are indoors and have proven to be very popular in the past.  In addition to the Carolina Court series, there is consideration for a venue to host the annual Powerade Games in 2019.  Tournament Director Bob Nibarger stated that “indoor pickleball space with 18 courts is very difficult to find in the Charlotte area.  Space must be reserved months in advance and must work around basketball, volleyball and other sports camps”.  Reducing pickleball for 2019 is due, in part, to the growth of pickleball in the tri-state region.  When Carolina Courts began it’s series, there were very few tournaments within the Charlotte area.  Pickleball tournaments are now available just about every week in the four state area.  Less than 100 signed up for the July Firecracker Explosion which factored in the decision to cut back on pickleball.

2019 Carolina Courts Schedule

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