PICKLEBALL HITS MAINSTREAM TV

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Special “Goldbergs” TV Special On Pickleball

In the 1980s, geeky Adam uses a video camera to document his family’s crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming. Rounding out the clan are Adam’s terrifying sister, Erica; his older brother, Barry, who has middle-child syndrome; and the family’s beloved grandfather, Al “Pops” Solomon. Pops is responsible for wild antics, including offering drinks to Barry and teaching Adam about the ways of love — which create more chaos in an already high-strung family.

First episode dateSeptember 24, 2013    Video Clip Featured Below

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CRUISE AND PLAY PICKLEBALL

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“On The High Seas”

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in America, is starting to make a splash on the high seas.

The sport, hugely popular in the Phoenix area, especially in active-retirement communities, recently was added to the sports offered on all 14 Holland America ships. And the line’s newest ship, the Nieuw Statendam, which debuts in December, will feature the game as well.

Other cruise lines, including Princess and Regent Seven Seas, also have added pickleball to some of their ships.

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Erik Elvejord, Holland America’s director of public relations, says adding pickleball to the company’s ships was a no-brainer “because of many requests we were getting from guests.”

As an avid pickleball player myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see “meet for a game of pickleball” in the daily program on a recent 14-day Asian cruise on the Holland America Volendam.

The nets may not quite be to exact specifications and the swirling winds can blow a well-executed shot off course. But despite some of the challenges, I was delighted – after years of cruising – to finally have the chance to play the game at sea while working off a few calories from the Volendam’s tempting desserts.

 Cruise passengers like pickleball

Jack Thomas, the national president of the pickleball association and a Scottsdale resident, says it’s about time cruise lines started hopping on the pickleball bandwagon.

“I think the cruise industry has figured out that pickleball is a very inexpensive way to attract and entertain their passengers and will soon become a must-have onboard activity,” he says. “It is super easy to learn to play, great fun for all ages and creates camaraderie among fellow shipmates.”

Tino Carrillo, the Volendam’s assistant cruise director who overseas the ship’s sports – table tennis, shuffleboard, basketball and pickleball – says the latter has been a hit with the ship’s mostly older clientele.

“You typically play doubles, so it’s less tiring than some other sports,” he says. “It’s more accessible for everybody. It’s something fresh and new that more and more people are enjoying playing.”

SALISBURY TOURNAMENT RESULTS

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Salisbury Tournament Results

Special thanks to Jon Post and his army of volunteers for putting on a fantastic tournament, great cause and, of course, the Super Girls Kelly and Hannah from PBT.

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SEND ALL PHOTOS AND TOURNAMENT RESULTS TO NCPICKLEBALL@GMAIL.COM  JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT CAROLINA COURTS EVENT.

Firecracker Explosion 2018

8th Annual Jacksonville NC Senior Pickleball Tournament

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Regional Pickleball Tournament Results

 

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Below are the medalists from the 2018 event held March 2-3.

MEN’S DOUBLES 50+

1st PLACE:    Marc Marziale/Mike Dato (Bolivia, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Glen Davis (Jacksonville, NC)/Daryl Burgess (Richlands, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Stephen Lombardi/Walker Rudd

MEN’S DOUBLES 60+

1st PLACE:    Lee Massengale (Greensboro, NC)/Steve Boswell (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2ND PLACE:   Jonn Hendrickson/Donn Hendrickson (Fayetteville, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Horace Whitaker (Raeford, NC)/Richard Holloman (Leland, NC)

MEN’S DOUBLES 70+

1st PLACE:    Bill Pearson (McLean, VA)/Andy Leighton (Arlington, VA)

2ND PLACE:   Gary Baptist/Frank Hendrick (New Bern, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Jerry McInnes/Joe Vartanesian (Wake Forest, NC)

MEN’S DOUBLES 80+

1st PLACE:    Emile “Nip” Gaidos (Walkerton, VA)/Bill Gaidos (Richmond, VA)

2ND PLACE:   Philip Southall (Greensboro, NC)/Don Dowd (Pinehurst, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Tom Sayetta (Greenville, NC)/Arvid Berg (Hubert, NC)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES 50+

1st PLACE:    Priscilla Chambers (Sunset Beach, NC)/Eileen Kalish (Leland, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Glenda Pfister/Gaby Schneider (Leland, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Susan Howlett (Knightdale, NC)/Mary Stubbe (Raleigh, NC)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES 60+

1st PLACE:    Patty Hochwalt (Leland, NC)/Jane Klippel (Wilmington, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Brenda Dail (Morehead City, NC)/Mary Powell (Hubert, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Joan Taylor (Jacksonville, NC)/Teri Williamson

WOMEN’S DOUBLES 70+

1st PLACE:    Jeannie Duncan (Midlothian, VA)/Linda Heaphy (Apex, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Toshi Kelly (Hubert, NC)/Yoni Lueck (Jacksonville, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Connie Murphy/Janet Ottey (New Bern, NC)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES 80+

1st PLACE:    Anne Sayetta (Greenville, NC)/Marlys Berg (Hubert, NC)

MIXED DOUBLES 50+

1st PLACE:    Richard Holloman/Glenda Pfister (Leland, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Horace Whitaker (Raeford, NC)/Eileen Kalish (Leland, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Greg Poorten (Leland, NC)/Kim Mihan

MIXED DOUBLES 60+

1st PLACE:    Peter Guss (Bolivia, NC)/Priscilla Chambers (Sunset Beach, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Shi Tien Ting (Chapel Hill, NC)/Susan Howlett (Knightdale, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Tom Marsh (Winterville, NC)/Myra Hill (Greenville, NC)

MIXED DOUBLES 70+

1st PLACE:    Bill Pearson/Karen Pearson (McLean, VA)

2ND PLACE:   Rick Laskey (Jacksonville, NC)/Linda Heaphy (Apex, NC)

3RD PLACE:   Mike McGrath/Carolyn Ryan (Wilmington, NC)

MIXED DOUBLES 80+

1st PLACE:    Tom Sayetta/Anne Sayetta (Greenville, NC)

2ND PLACE:   Emile “Nip” Gaidos (Walkerton, VA)/Kashiwa Funk (Jacksonville, NC)

 

USAPA AMBASSADOR RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

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SPECIAL USAPA ANNUAL RETREAT – CLUB MED PORT ST. LUCIE FLORIDA

Over 200+ USAPA Ambassadors from throughout the United States convened at the beautiful Club Med in Port St. Lucie Florida for the annual USAPA Ambassador conference.  The week was filled with training, seminars, regional meetings, vendor demonstrations and of course recreational pickleball.  Special thanks to C J Jermstad, David Jordan and Audrey Phillips for an outstanding program.  Here are some photos from this year’s event.

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North Carolina SLAM Huge Success

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NC SLAM Winners and Photos

The first annual North Carolina SLAM tournament was conducted on Saturday February 3rd at Carolina Courts,  Carolina Courts CEO Scott Chitwood was overheard saying the the tournament and pizza was a “huge success and everyone had fun”.   Planners were unsure if players would attend since the tournament was a mixed only bracket round robin and the day before the superbowl. Here are the medal winners followed by some photos.

 

Please mark your calendars for upcoming Carolina Courts Pickleball action..

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