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High End Resorts Add Pickleball

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Special California Pickleball Destinations

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When you think about traveling to Southern California, visions of sunshine and beaches dance in your head. Certainly not … pickleball? “Nationwide, the popularity of pickleball is on the rise and as a wellness resort it’s a trend we’ve had on our radar,” says Nusrat Mirza, General Manager of Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. In fact, Mirza and team have rolled out a new package for potential guests, based entirely around this charming sport. From now until the end of June, pickleball enthusiasts can book a package (starting at $299) that includes an hour of instruction from champion Lon Krantz, a complimentary reusable water bottle, celebratory Blood Mary (topped with a pickle, of course) and unlimited time and access to the courts. As part of their current renovation, set to be done this Spring, the property will be adding four new pickleball courts, bringing the total to eight. If pickleball isn’t your thing, the Marriot offers a variety of other opportunities to incorporate wellness into your stay. Bikes are readily available for those who prefer pedaling the local area and tennis and basketball courts beckon you to lace up your sneakers. If you’re looking to get into the water, enjoy one of the three pools on-site, including a lap pool.

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A 6,000 square foot, two-story fitness center provides guests with all of your state-of-the-art, standard gym equipment. Complimentary exercise classes are also an option for those who need some motivation or prefer a group setting.Additionally, the resort has an impressive spa and wellness program which offers customizable wellness retreats and a Spa Cafe designed around “conscious cuisine.”

The idea came from Executive Chef, Michael Poompan, who wanted to incorporate nutrition while taking into consideration different dietary needs. With a solid understanding of the relationship between food and its ability to impact both our mind and body, “conscious cuisine” was born. A fun aspect of this idea the “Wellness Bento Box,” which can be customized with an array of healthy sides, proteins, sandwiches and entrées. Cold-pressed juices are also available.

Of course wellness doesn’t always mean you are on-the-move or indulging in an array of spa treatments. It can simply mean, being still and taking in the beauty around you. The 16-acre waterfront that is home to the Coronado Marriott allows for exactly these moments of solitude. Whether peering at the San Diego city skyline or taking in the salted-scent of the sea, a tranquil energy is bound to find you.

“Our goal is to offer activities, spaces, and amenities that help travelers achieve physical and mental well-being” says Mirza.

And pickleball is just one of the ways they are able to do so.

I am a Maine-based writer, traveling solo and with my family to destinations that inspire wellness. From the food we eat, the beverages we sip, the four walls where we rest our heads and the activities we seek … each is chosen in hopes of gaining a perspective that is different. Erinne is a Maine-based writer. For more, follow along on Twitteror visit www.erinnemagee.com   

 Forbes Magazine 2019

Ambassador Conference Kicks Off

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Special Ambassador Retreat

USAPA Ambassadors Meet at Club Med Port St. Lucie Florida – The annual ambassador retreat kicked off yesterday with a meet n greet followed by dinner. Two nice additions this year was special seating for all attendees plus the Board members sat at a different table and interacted with and answered questions. Pickleball University was offered prior to the event and was a huge success. Brian StaubJennifer Lucore, Sarah Linh Ansboury and Byron Freso were guest instructors. More information throughout the week.

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Powerade Heads to Charlotte NC

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Powerade Heads To Charlotte

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COMPETITION SITE: Olde Providence Racquet Club Indoor Tennis Center

ENTRY FEE: Early registration fee of $50 per player through March 10th. Fee includes entry into all events and the Player’s Social. Registration fee will increase by $10 starting on March 11th.

ENTRY DEADLINE: 11:59pm on May 24

– 18-49 (4.0 & Under)
– 18-49 (4.5 & Over)
– 50-59 (4.0 & Under)
– 50-59 (4.5 & Over)
– 60-69 (4.0 & Under)
– 60-69 (4.5 & Over)
– 70+ (4.0 & Under)
– 70+ (4.5 & Over)

 ** This will be a USAPA Medal Match Only Sanctioned Tournament (all medal matches will be officiated). A current USAPA membership is required. All divisions offered for Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. Tournament staff reserves the right to combine divisions.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: Double Elimination (2 of 3 to 11, 1 to 15). Divisions with 4 or fewer teams will be a Round Robin.

Friday (June 7) – MD/WD 50+, 60+, 70+ for all skill levels
Saturday (June 8) – MXD for all ages and skill levels
Sunday (June 9) – MD/WD 18+ for all skill levels

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CAROLINA BEACH – Pickleball or Bicker Ball



Ed Note – In an effort to please everyone they will please no one…..

CAROLINA BEACH — Being told you can’t play on the same court as someone else might sound like middle-school drama, but in Carolina Beach, it’s not the children who are fussing over a game.

According to town emails between a resident and Parks and Programs Superintendent Tim Murphy, there has been some tension on the pickleball courts.

Recently the town decided it would be best to remove advanced and intermediate pickleball hours from its schedule, instead opting for an ‘all-levels’ open play due to some disputes amongst players.

“The past several weeks we have been having some folks who were told they were not allowed to play in the intermediate sessions. They considered themselves intermediate players but were having their paddles moved and told they were not allowed to play from other players,” Murphy said in an email.

“Taking this into consideration, and the new influx of people who have joined and are interested in playing, Eric, myself and the front desk staff think the best way to schedule moving forward is to make open pickleball for all skill types. I hope you understand this decision and still enjoy participating. We love seeing the gym full of people playing pickleball,” he concluded.

The resident acknowledged there has been some so-called “pickleball drama” between “warring factions” but said he has not experienced someone telling another player they cannot play.

“If I may add a variation to the pickleball drama. Yes, there is a level of angst between the warring factions, please understand my tongue in cheek. However, I am there mostly every day and I have never heard any player say that others can’t play. Is there mumbling and grumbling, oh yeah, by both sides.

“In fact, I have discussed that levels are self-regulated as they are at the Y where I play weekends. Do paddles get moved, yes by both sides. If I don’t want to play with a person(s), I’ll hold my paddle out for the next group or grouping that I want,” the resident said in his email.  Story by Michael Pratts

Final thought,  this problem could easily be resolved with proper rules and leadership.  The Villages with over 200 pickleball courts have figured it out.  Perhaps the local USAPA ambassador in that area could assist and guide them through these troubled times…

Practice Makes Perfect – That is-Perfect Practice

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Special Practice Equipment Edition

Here is another training product to consider. A pickleball rebounder is a highly versatile product to enable players to practice a variety of different drills. It’s cheaper than a ball machine and will not break. You’ll also get a better workout and far more actual pickleball hits during your training session using a rebounder compared to a ball machine. Check out the website here to learn more:www.rtsrebounder.com 

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Beech Mountain Adds Pickleball Mixer

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Special Pickleball Mixer – Beech Mountain, NC

August 5 thru 9th 2019

“Hats Off” to Bob and Liz Higginbottom for putting together another outstanding event scheduled for August 5th thru 9th 2019.  The event fees will feature a bar b q, sit down dinner at the beautiful Beech Mountain ClubHouse, Club registration fees and a fun round robin pickleball tournament.  Beech Mountain locals will be there to challenge your skills.  Total cost is only $121.00 per person excluding lodging.

The Beech Mountain Club Pickleball Center has 5 beautiful new courts located at the heart of the Club’s recreation campus. Deck seating and a convenient sports café overlook the courts along with a covered pavilion for social events. Pickleball teaching professionals direct the Club’s program during the summer which includes private lessons, clinics, league and tournament play, as well as special sessions throughout the week.

Paddles are available for rent and for sale along with the latest in Pickleball attire through the Pickleball Center Office/Shop. The Beech Mountain Club has been at the forefront of promoting this fast-growing sport in the high-country area.

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Interested parties should call Bob Nibarger at 757-685-5909 or email at ncpickleball@gmail.com    Registration ends soon so call today.




North Carolina Pickleball 2018 Holiday Smash Results



The 2018 North Carolina Holiday Smash concluded on November 17 and 18 at the beautiful 18 indoor court facility Carolina Courts Concord.  Over 200+ players fought it out over two days.  Here are the medal winners from this weekend.

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Stephanie Lane and Richard Rineholz   5.0 Mixed Doubles Winners


Jacob Noble and Sarah Parker 5.0 Silver Medal Winners Mixed Doubles

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