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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



Could pickleball be bad for your health? Punta Gorda Historic District homeowners are urging the City Council to prioritize the health of neighbors over the game.

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Special Article On Health

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Is pickleball noise a hazard to your health?

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Neighbors that live near the pickleball courts in Punta Gorda have talked about their anxiety and stress, due to the noise.  Last Wednesday morning Bernie DePaul, who lives on West Retta Esplanade, spoke in front of council blaming the noise for his stroke. 

“Everything I’m telling you is not only the truth, it’s documented,” DePaul said.
DePaul said he hired a private researcher to conduct a noise impact study in 2017.
In part of the findings, Thornton Acoustics and Vibrations said, “The pickleball noise creates a human health risk.”
Nurse practitioner Peggy Keen said that several things can cause strokes.
“Hypertension, heart problems and a myriad of other physical conditions that combined can lead to stroke,” Keen said. The courts have become a popular spot for people to get some exercise and play a game they love. But, Historic District neighbors want them somewhere else. “I have a failure to understand why they can’t just man up and do the right thing,” said Jim Round, who lives near the courts. 
Right now, the city is in the process of purchasing noise barriers to be installed at the Gilchrist Park courts.      Source  WBBH/WZVN 

With City Park courts set for change, pickleball squares off against tennis

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Special Salisbury Pickleball Edition

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SALISBURY – As the city works to convert some City Park tennis courts into pickleball courts, local tennis players are calling “fault.”

Salisbury Parks and Recreation is converting two of its six tennis courts — courts No. 1 and 2 at City Park — into six permanent pickleball courts. Already, pickleball lines have been drawn on the six tennis courts. The courts will function as full-time pickleball courts once the correct nets are added.

Currently, the city offers temporary pickleball courts at Hall Gym, but the courts are available only for a “small amount of time during the week,” said Parks and Recreation Director Nick Aceves. The courts are used for basketball most of the time, Aceves said.

Parks and Recreation will spend about $1,000 for the conversion of the courts at City Park. Other money is coming from several private donors, said Jon Post, a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a frequent pickleball player. Post also helped draft the pickleball court conversion idea and and helped raise money. A total of about $25,000 was approved for use at the Jan. 2 Salisbury City Council meeting.

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the community, a driving reason for conversion of two courts, Aceves said

Where is the next generation?

Some local tennis players said they consider the conversion to be “shady.”

“I don’t think it was handled correctly,” said Mark Rufty, a regular tennis player at City Park.

It would have been nice if there was a public hearing or more people were heard on the issue, Rufty said.

The change is akin to “dismantling” hard-earned U.S. Tennis Association courts, says Reid Leonard, a former member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, who also helped raise money for the City Park courts to be built. While Leonard agreed that pickleball is becoming more popular, he said the sport is not very popular among younger people.

And Linn Waggoner, whose daughter plays tennis, wonders whether the sport of pickleball might dry up without interest among young people.

“If we take away the courts from the tennis players, where is your next generation of pickleball players coming from?” Waggoner asked.

Some tennis players said they’re not convinced the remaining tennis courts will meet the tennis community’s demand after the change.

Tennis fans are losing places to play, Rufty said. If the City Park courts are converted for pickleball, the only USTA-approved courts available in the city would be at Catawba College or Salisbury Country Club. For both, you need to be a member to use the facilities, Rufty said.

“Bottom line is these courts need to remain as tennis courts and, if the pickleball players would like new pickleball courts, they should buy land and build these just like anyone else would have to do,” Rufty said. “If this sport is such a growing sport with so many playing it, then funding this should not be an issue.”

But Jon Post says the tennis courts are never at full capacity. He said he has never seen more than the three of the courts at City Park full at the same time.

David Post — a City Council member, frequent pickleball player and brother of Jon — says there are a lot of tennis courts throughout the county.

Aceves says the city has met the needs of tennis players and need to meet the demand of a burgeoning sport. The introduction of pickleball courts at City Park is part of an effort to meet a wider demand in the community, he said. Parks and Recreation does not have funding to build new courts and cannot campaign for private funding, he added.

Back and forth

The need for tennis courts is as high today as it has been in the past, Leonard said. High school and regional matches need use of all six courts, he said.

Missy Utley, who grew up playing tennis on the courts, echoed that sentiment.

But Jon Post said that the only schools using the tennis courts are not in the city limits.

Leonard said the courts are needed for the annual Rotary tennis tournament. But David Post said the tournament moved its headquarters to Catawba College last year.

Jon Post, who says he’s helped plan the Rotary tennis tournament, recalled the number of participants at last year’s tournament being low, with 72 players signed up and roughly 60 official participants. And the Rotary tennis tournament will not be held this year, he said.

By comparison, a pickleball tournament Jon Post recently helped organize with the YMCA had 192 participants. If the YMCA had a higher capacity, the tournament would have brought out even more participants, he said. The addition of permanent pickleball courts would help with that, he said.

In addition to the conversion of courts No. 1 and No. 2, so-called “Ts and elbows” will be added to four other City Park courts, Jon Post said. This will allow these courts to serve as temporary pickleball courts to meet the demands of tournaments.

The courts were built in 2009, Leonard said, after the city had been working to save money for them for several years. They replaced courts at the same location that were built in 1965.

Salisbury is behind the times, Jon Post said. In an email to the Salisbury Post, he said more than 10 cities in the Piedmont area have dedicated, public pickleball courts.

Asked if the conversion of the courts is necessary when there are already pickleball courts in Dan Nicolas Park, Jon Post said the distance to Dan Nicolas is too far for many, especially when it closes at dusk.    Source – Photo and copy Salisbury Post 

Contact newsroom Samuel Motley at 704-797-4264. 

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