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NC Player of the Week – Kirsten Ward –

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Player Spotlight

North Carolina “Superstar” Pick Of The Week – Kirsten Ward from Statesville,NC – I had a chance to catch up with Kirsten at the 2019 Powerade Games this weekend at Charlotte, NC. Kirsten is a 20+ tennis player who recently picked up pickleball. Marcus Luke and Kirsten earned a Silver medal Saturday in the 19+ against the ever strong team of Sarah Yates-Parker and Jacob Noble. Kirsten is on our watch list and you will be seeing her again soon on the medal stand.

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Florida Goes “More” Pickleball Crazy

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Special Florida Edition

Naples Florida, home of the US Open, is currently the top Florida destination for pickleball in Florida.  Each year, the Open hosts over 2,000 players and spectators for this mega event.  However, the Florida landscape is changing with more and more pickleball facilities in the queue.  The Pickleball Plex, under construction in Punta Gorda, is but another example. The plex will feature 32 courts (SEE CONCEPT DRAWING)ScreenHunter 662

Another venue, Pickleball Daytona, is also under construction and will be completed later this year. The plex will feature 24 courts along with a Clubhouse featuring locker rooms, massage room, and player shop.

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The Daytona complex, known as (Pictona) will feature  “pickleball and Daytona”

Here are some of the features of Pictona:

o 24 courts with 8-foot sides and 10 feet behind base lines
o 8 covered courts
o LED lighting on all courts
o Fences separating each court
o Court layout designed for optimal viewing without looking through fences
o Center pavilion for shade, restrooms, and hydration
o Restaurant serving healthy, tasty foods, along with beer and wine
o Clubhouse featuring locker rooms, massage room, and player shop
o Lounge for relaxation and viewing pickleball videos
o Game room featuring table tennis, corn hole, and other activities
o “Skybox” viewing of the 8 covered pickleball courts

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North Carolina Pickleball is always looking for interesting stories both within our area and stories that are trending in the pickleball world.  Send your story ideas to ncpickleball@gmail.com

Keep Your Paddle Up

Bob Nibarger – Editor


Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships at East Naples Community Park

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US Open Results

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Simone Jardim hugs Irina Tereschenko after winning the US Open Pickleball Championship Women’s Pro Singles game, Sunday, April 28, 2019, on the Zing Zang Championship Court at East Naples Community Park. Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships

at East Naples Community Park

Tuesday, April 30

Mixed Doubles

19+ — Anna Leigh Waters-Kyle Yates

25+ — Catherine Parenteau-Joey Farias

30+ — Sarah Ansboury-Tyson McGuffin

35+ — Katie Dyer-Rick Witsken

40+ — Leigh Waters-Dave Weinbach

45+ — Susan Baze-Steve Deakin

50+ — Cammy McGregor-Brian Staub

55+ — Lisa Naumu-Scott Moore

60+ — Helle Sparre-Mike Toolson

65+ — Hilary Marold-Gregg Whitfield

70+ — Yvonne Hackenberg-Jim Hackenberg

75+ — Keller-Johnson

Wednesday, May 1

Men’s Skill/Age Doubles

Senior Pro Doubles — Dave Weinbach-Barry Waddell

3.5 60+ — Chip Rogers-Mike Miksza

3.5 65+ — Mike Brown-Brant Latham

3.5 70+ — Ron Smith-Bob McQueen

4.0 70+ — Dean Refakes-Brian Smith

3.0 70+ — David Chipple-Bob Eirons

3.0 75+ — Rollie Hemmett-Vic Glover

4.0 75+ — Ron Hohman-Fred Drilling

3.5 75+ — Payne-Bachman III

4.0 55+ — Dave Johel-Jamie Wilen

4.5 19-49 — Brian Brooks-Jordan DeWeerd

3.5 80+ — Sparks-Davis

4.5 70+ — Sher Collins-Edward Klarman

5.0 19-49 — William Sobek-Rosti Sobek



Atlantic South Region Parrish Named USAPA’S Director of Athletic Competition

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Atlantic South Region Parrish Named USAPA’S Director of Athletic Competition

Karren Parish and Jack Thomas

Karen Parrish with USAPA President Jack Thomas

SURPRISE, Az. (April 30, 2019) – The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has recently added another member to its growing list of staff personnel. And, the latest addition is no stranger to the USAPA.

Karen Parrish, former USAPA Atlantic Regional Director from 2013-2017 and current District Ambassador for the Emerald Coast District in the Florida Panhandle will be the governing body’s Managing Director of Competition.

In her new position with the organization, Parrish will oversee USAPA’s competition department with an emphasis on growing and streamlining all sanctioned tournament play, including the USAPA regional tournaments and the National Championships. In addition to tournaments, Parrish will also oversee USAPA staff whose responsibilities include ratings, equipment testing/standards, referees and other competition-related areas. “My first order of business is a trip to the US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples so I can observe and meet with several industry contacts who will be attending,” said Parrish.  “I will then immediately reach out and begin working with USAPA’s 11 Regional Directors on the upcoming regional tournaments.”

Parrish, along with David Jordan, Anne Reynolds and Kyle Klein will serve as an event chair for the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. The event this year will be held November 2-10 at the world-famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden facility in Indian Wells, CA (near Palm Springs, CA).

“USAPA is extremely fortunate to have a person of Karen’s caliber and knowledge of the sport of pickleball to lead our competition department,” said USAPA Executive Director, Justin Maloof. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm and a desire to grow our sport and will certainly continue to elevate pickleball to the next level. I couldn’t be happier to have her join our team.”

Parrish grew up in a family that featured highly-competitive athletes which fueled her passion for sports. After high school, she played competitive slow pitch softball for over 25 years and then three years on the diamond playing women’s professional baseball. However, it was the sport of pickleball that stirred her soul in so many ways. “I have to say I have never played a sport with so much enthusiasm, joy, sweat and tears as I have pickleball. In my opinion, it’s one of the greatest sports ever played.”


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Special Tournament Preparation Notes

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In a previous column entitled “Tournament Tough,” I discussed the subject of preparing for and competing in a tournament. With the 2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships taking place this coming week at East Naples Community Park, in this article, I am going to discuss how to attend a tournament as a spectator and get the most out of your time and have the best experience possible.

Just like being a competitor in a tournament, attending a major sporting event as a spectator requires some pre game strategical planning.

The first thing we need to deal with is getting ourselves to the event site. Onsite parking will be available, but spaces fill up early. Once those lots are full, nearby off-site parking with a shuttle service is available and there is a daily parking fee of $5. Another option is to take an Uber or Lyft and be dropped off right at the front entry gate to the tournament.

Once you are at the event site, you will find covered viewing areas next to all the courts, with temporary grandstand seating to allow you to have a front row seat for the competition taking place on the outlying courts. Access to all of the outlying courts is free, but matches held on the Zing Zang Championship Court will require a ticket.

With that said, there will be championship level matches being played on the outer courts and while it’s great to watch the pros compete, as a coach, I like to watch several different matches on all levels of play. Just like watching the qualification rounds at a professional tennis tournament, some of the most challenging and exciting competition is found in the lower ranks.

Besides all of the great competition going on, there are two giant tents which house all of the vendors. This area provides access to a variety of offerings and information from manufacturers. This is a great opportunity to educate yourself on all types of product, such as paddles, balls, clothing, shoes, etc., but remember most of the people you will be dealing with are sales reps for the companies and will be trying to convince you as to why their individual piece of equipment is far superior to everything else on the market, so buyer beware!

I personally prefer to do business with local companies, so I recommend you visit my good friend Roddy Cantu of ProAm Tennis and Pickleball. ProAm is a family run local Naples business and provides a full line of tennis/pickleball equipment, apparel, shoes and accessories at their store, which is located at 13000 Tamiami Trail North, as well as on their website at shop.proamtennis.com. This year, Roddy will be at the Maui Jim sunglasses booth, so stop by and say Coach Wayne sent you.

And let’s not forget that part of the experience of attending a major sporting event is like a night out on the town! There is daily live music at the Landshark Beer Garden, and for your dining pleasures, there is a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads which will be provided by Delicious By Design of St. Matthew’s House, and all proceeds from food sales will go to support St. Matthew’s House.

Here is a quick list of helpful suggestions for spending a day at a tournament as a spectator.

Coach Wayne’s Tournament Check List

  • You will be doing a lot of walking around so wear a comfortable pair of shoes.
  • Take a refillable drink container so you don’t have to keep buying bottles of water and make sure you stay well hydrated.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • I also recommend a good hat or visor.
  • Take a small backpack with some snacks but take advantage of the great food offerings for your main meal.
  • Plan on going on a mini shopping spree, there will be plenty of pickleball merchandise available at the vendors’ tents.

My final thought and suggestion: If you found you had so much fun attending the tournament that you wish you could be there every day, this year, daily coverage of the matches will be available at pickleballchanel.com. I would also recommend you consider volunteering and being a part of the great team that makes the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships the spectacular sporting event experience which it is.

Source – Wayne Clark – Coastal Breeze News



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