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Sister Duo Score At Charlotte Tourney

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Special Junior Report

NORTH CAROLINA SISTERS SCORE MEDALS
North Carolina sisters score at a recent Mecklenburg County NC Tournament. Britton and Peyton Pemberton. Britton is a student of the game, watching videos and constantly asking her mom to drill with her. A seventh grader from Mooresville, NC, Britton is a starter on her co-ed middle school soccer team and girls middle school basketball team. Britton loves her dogs and chickens and enjoys baking, building things and volunteering in her community. Payton is a 15-year old sophomore from Mooresville, NC. Her introduction to pickleball came at Hilton Head Island, SC, where her family took a brief lesson. They played for over three hours that day, and each remaining day of their vacation. Send junior news to juniors@usapa.org @usapajuniors.org

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PICKLEBALL JUNIORS TAKE SPOTLIGHT

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Special Juniors Training Opportunity

North Carolina Pickleball and Pickleball Charlotte are pleased to announce the first ever “JUNIORS ONLY” pickleball clinic and round robin on Saturday October 5th. The first 25 registered students will receive a free Selkirk Pickleball Paddle. Save the date and fasten your seat belts…. LIKE AND SHARE TO OUR JUNIORS OR THEIR PARENTS….

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Chicago Enters Tournament Arena

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Special Edition – Chicago Jumps Into Tournament Arena

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A first-time tournament offering “big-time money” in a fast-growing sport is opening Wednesday in Naperville.

The Chicago Pickleball Open is a professional-level competition offering $25,000 in total prizes to winners who will emerge by Sunday from a field of more than 400 players, tournament Director Ken Herrmann said.

Traveling from across the country, these players 14 and older will compete in five age divisions playing a sport defined as a cross between tennis, badminton and squash.

Pickleball has grown in popularity in recent years, and Naperville Park District has taken notice, building courts dedicated to the sport at Nike Sports Complex.

Herrmann said many of the 250 members of the new nonprofit group Chicago Metro Pickleball, which is hosting the tournament, are used to bringing their own nets and playing on tennis courts where pickleball lines have been added.

“You don’t see a lot of park districts that have actually put in designated pickleball courts like Naperville has,” he said.

So the facilities at Nike Sports Complex, 288 E. Diehl Road, where the tournament will take place, are a step up, Herrmann said. While three other parks in Naperville offer pickleball lines atop tennis courts, Nike park at 288 W. Diehl Road includes four pickleball courts with lights and wind shields.

A first-time tournament offering “big-time money” in a fast-growing sport is opening Wednesday in Naperville.

The Chicago Pickleball Open is a professional-level competition offering $25,000 in total prizes to winners who will emerge by Sunday from a field of more than 400 players, tournament Director Ken Herrmann said.

Pickleball has grown in popularity in recent years, and Naperville Park District has taken notice, building courts dedicated to the sport at Nike Sports Complex.

Herrmann said many of the 250 members of the new nonprofit group Chicago Metro Pickleball, which is hosting the tournament, are used to bringing their own nets and playing on tennis courts where pickleball lines have been added.

“You don’t see a lot of park districts that have actually put in designated pickleball courts like Naperville has,” he said.

So the facilities at Nike Sports Complex, 288 E. Diehl Road, where the tournament will take place, are a step up, Herrmann said. While three other parks in Naperville offer pickleball lines atop tennis courts, Nike park at 288 W. Diehl Road includes four pickleball courts with lights and wind shields.

A first-time tournament offering “big-time money” in a fast-growing sport is opening Wednesday in Naperville.

The Chicago Pickleball Open is a professional-level competition offering $25,000 in total prizes to winners who will emerge by Sunday from a field of more than 400 players, tournament Director Ken Herrmann said.

Traveling from across the country, these players 14 and older will compete in five age divisions playing a sport defined as a cross between tennis, badminton and squash.

Pickleball has grown in popularity in recent years, and Naperville Park District has taken notice, building courts dedicated to the sport at Nike Sports Complex.

Herrmann said many of the 250 members of the new nonprofit group Chicago Metro Pickleball, which is hosting the tournament, are used to bringing their own nets and playing on tennis courts where pickleball lines have been added.

“You don’t see a lot of park districts that have actually put in designated pickleball courts like Naperville has,” he said.

So the facilities at Nike Sports Complex, 288 E. Diehl Road, where the tournament will take place, are a step up, Herrmann said. While three other parks in Naperville offer pickleball lines atop tennis courts, Nike park at 288 W. Diehl Road includes four pickleball courts with lights and wind shields.

Credit   Story by Marie Wilson

Pickleball Sound Levels Revealed

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Special Report – Pickleball Noise

All pickleball communities who share homes in the proximity of their pickleball courts either have or will deal with noise issues sometime.   The following story, while written back in 2017, provides information that pickleball noise levels are not really that loud.  Keeping in mind that different balls and paddles have different characteristics.  Note:  Their measurements were in line with what we measured at 50 (db) in most cases…

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Webby Brings Us Some of the Experience – 2019 Great Lakes Regional

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Special Great Lakes Regional 2019

One of our pickleball favorites is Eddie and Webby which has a nationally broadcast podcast featuring pickleball.  The following video was just released yesterday and features Dave Weinbach and Stephanie Lane against our own NC Mary Helen Atkins and Jon Post. The video provides an inside view of the 2019 USAPA Regional recently held in Michigan.   We hope you enjoy.

Secret Vote Leads To Heated Pickleball Talks – One Pickleball Club’s Plight

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Around The Nation – Green Valley AZ

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The GVR Board of Directors approved a nearly $1.2 million contract to build eight pickleball courts in an 11-1 vote Wednesday, but the approval came in a secret ballot that drew open dissent from the crowd.Board president Charles Sieck’s motion to vote on whether the contract should be decided by secret ballot was met with jeers and outbursts of “No!” from many of the 65 people in attendance. The vote to use a secret ballot was approved, 9-3. After the meeting, Sieck said he made the motion after four directors privately asked the vote be done by secret ballot. Sieck, who was elected in 2018 on a platform that called for more transparency and open governance, conceded a secret ballot may have sent the wrong message.

But Sieck said potential blowback from those in the Pickleball Club was a legitimate reason to call for a secret ballot and it was not a move toward secrecy.

“It’s very rare that we would ever do something like that,” Sieck said. “But because of the constituency of the Pickleball Club, they are very vocal and they attack anything that appears to be non-pro pickleball. For this particular circumstance, yep, it flies in the face of transparency.”

Sieck asked the audience and those in the Pickleball Club not to send streams of emails to directors as well, which was met with laughs and jeers. While Sieck is not opposed to GVR members communicating with board members, what Sieck called a coordinated effort by the Pickleball Club resulted in dozens of emails to directors, he said. Sieck did note that 99 percent of the emails were civil.

“If somebody really wants to have an impact and get the board’s attention, set up a meeting with the board,” he said. “Invite us and we’ll come listen. That means a lot as opposed to clogging up my inbox.”

The secret ballot and calls to stop coordinated email campaigns weren’t the only items to cause the audience to become cantankerous at times.

Extra money?

A $100,000 donation from Freeport-McMoRan was accepted to be used, in part, to build restrooms for the pickleball center on land near Canoa Preserve Park. Since GVR now has the Freeport funds, the audience asked directors why they’re not going to use money that frees up to build additional courts.

The board did not offer a clear reason why more money would not be redirected to the pickleball center during the meeting, upsetting several people in the audience. After the meeting, Sieck said that while the Freeport donation frees up GVR funds, it does not necessarily mean the money must be redirected to the Pickleball Club.

“I’m not exaggerating, there’s 800 people in the Pickleball Club, 24,000 members in GVR, so 3 percent,” Sieck said. “And we’re spending over a million dollars on them. So, from a proportion standpoint, we’re spending more on the Pickleball Club. On a per-member basis, it’s about two or three times what we have (on) anybody else.”

A presentation by WSM Architects prior to the vote said more courts could be added at the estimated bid rate if a decision is made by Sept. 1. Four more courts would run $85,000; eight more would be an additional $166,000.

The pickleball contract was awarded to Tucson-based Division II Construction Co. Inc. General Contractors and Denver-based court sub-contractor, Renner.

The new pickleball center should break ground in mid-July and courts are expected to be ready in January.Despite the tension surrounding the construction of the pickleball center over the years, it is not the outbursts, emails or conflicts that have bothered Sieck the most, he said. “The most embarrassing thing … is that it took four years to do it,” Sieck said. “The Pickleball Club, on one side, I can see why they’re raising hell. I would, too. They’ve been waiting four years for this. They had it coming. But somewhere along the line you have to be fair to the other 95 percent as well.”   Source – Green Valley News

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