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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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Selkirk Sport Driving Pickleball to New Heights Announces $300,000 Available In 2019 Professional Pickleball Player Incentive Prize Pool

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Pickleball’s growth prompt’s 50-percent incentive pool increase from 2018; $77,400 on the line at U.S. Open April 27- May 4; Tyson McGuffin, the No.1 ranked pickleball player in the world headlines team Selkirk.

Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand is taking professional pickleball to new heights, as the Company announced $300,000 will be available as part of the 2019 Player Incentive pool, a 50% increase from 2018. As part of the incentive program, $77,400 will be up for grabs to Team Selkirk members at the upcoming US Open Pickleball Championships, April 27 – May 4 at East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida, where Team Selkirk’s Tyson McGuffin, the #1 ranked singles player in the world looks to defend his title.

Selkirk’s Player Incentive Pool for 2019 is offered to brand ambassadors as a bonus to the tournament prize money, and in many cases, the Selkirk incentive pool prize money is greater than the tournament purse.  The player incentive pool is for the top finishers in each respective professional Pickleball division, including singles, doubles and mixed doubles (Open & Senior Open Divisions), with a Triple Crown Bonus if a Team Selkirk Athlete captures first place in all three divisions. Currently, a $4,000 top prize is on the line at the US Open, if a player/team wins the National Men’s (Singles & Doubles), National Women’s (Singles & Doubles) or Mixed Open Division, with a $6,000 Triple Crown Bonus available if an individual captures all three. Players must enroll in the Selkirk incentive pool program to be eligible for prize money and must compete with a Selkirk Paddle.

“Increasing our incentive pool by 50-percent to $300,000 reinforces our overall commitment to support our brand ambassadors while continuing to invest in the growth of Pickleball,” said Rob Barnes, Managing Partner, Selkirk Sport.

In addition to McGuffin, Team Selkirk’s elite line-up of more than 100 brand ambassadors includes Kaitlyn Christian, a 27-year old Professional Tennis Player ranked 38th in the world in Doubles by the WTA; JoAnne Russell, 1977 Wimbledon Doubles Champion; Cammy MacGregor, former Top 75 Professional Tennis Player, 2018 US Open Senior Pickleball Singles Champion and winner of the 2018 USA Pickleball National Championships in Senior Singles & Doubles, among many others.

To complement the U.S. Open incentive pool, Selkirk will offer the incentive pool at major championships on the professional pickleball circuit highlighted by the $122,800 that will be available at the 2019 U.S. Nationals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in November, with a $10,000 Triple Crown Bonus.  Additionally, more than $50,000 will be on the line at the 2019 Tournament of Champions in Brigham City, Utah in September. The line-up of tournaments where Team Selkirk Ambassadors will have an opportunity to earn additional money includes the Beer City Open, Canadian Nationals, and Texas Open in addition to recent tournaments, The Lakes Spring Fling and The International Indoor Pickleball Championships.

More than 100 Team Selkirk athletes will compete on the professional circuit equipped with the innovative AMPED Seriesa high performance, Made-in-the-USA line of pickleball paddles that combine revolutionary FiberFlex Fiberglass face technology, a thicker X5 polypropylene core, and a unibody design. Available in 5 distinct models InviktaEpicMaximaS2, and Omni) suited for all styles of play, and a series of vibrant color stories, Selkirk’s AMPED Series delivers increased power, precise ball control, and a larger sweet spot – the most critical benefits to maximize performance.

For more information on Selkirk Sport, Team Selkirk’s stable of Professional Pickleball Ambassadors and the innovative AMPED Series paddle line-up visit selkirk.com. To follow the Company through social media please visit Selkirk on Facebook at facebook.com/SelkirkSport/ or Twitter @SelkirkSport.

About Selkirk Sport: Selkirk Sport, a Made-in-the-USA Manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company based in Hayden, Idaho, located in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport is born off a passion for sport, as well as the great western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the Company’s founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service.  As part of their early success, Selkirk Sport was the very first Pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. And, to meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the Company developed low-profile edgeguards that are lightweight and extremely durable. In just three years, Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies, and their paddles are used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Cammy MacGregor, Kaitlyn Christian and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions.  Story  SGB Media

2019 Pickleball Stay N Play

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Pickleball Stay N Play – Florida

Stay and Play  is a very popular option now with recent trips to Punta Cana, Arizona, Hilton Head and now Florida.  Yesterday I had and opportunity to take a private lesson with IPTPA instructor Scott Tingley at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club near Sarasota Florida.  Scott is a great friend and instructor and I picked up a few points on how to improve my game.  There are many camps and opportunities to STAY N PLAY and I would recommend that you give it a “shot” if you have not mixed pickleball and travel.

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Scott is currently the Head of Pickleball at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Scott was born in Clearwater, Florida.  It is here that he began his love for tennis back in 1981 at the age of 10.  Playing with players from all over the country, he ranked for the first time nationally at the age of 14.As the years went on, life began to happen and the racquets got dusty until he found Pickleball in January 2012.  Scott’s passion for Pickleball gre so quickly that before he knew it, he was investing as many as 15+ hours per week and loving every second of it.  He was quickly playing with players that were national champions.

In Scott’s very first tournament, he placed 4th playing at a 4.0 level with only 9 months experience.  This first tournament only fueled his fire and, since then, has played in numerous tournaments every year with over 40+ medals, including Silver Medal 5.0 45+ Singles and Bronze Medal 5.0 40+ Men’s Doubles at the 2016 US Open in Naples, FL.

Over the years, he has enjoyed teaching and coaching in many different sports.  He has most recently been working as a private Pickleball coach in the Punta Gorda area and has done group clinics around the US.  His abilities and teaching techniques help students feel comfortable on the court and has earned him the privilege of serving as an IPTPA Certifier for Instructors.  It is Scott’s passion to assist students as well as instructors to sharpen their own abilities to achieve what they need to take their passion to the next level.

Scott lives in Venice with his wife Deborah and kids Ryan and Meaghan.

Scott Tingley
Head of Pickleball
Esplanade Golf and Country Club


Pickleball Global – Pickleball Live Stream Pioneer –

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Special – Pickleball Global – Pickleball Video Stream Pioneer – 

North Carolina pickleball has stated on several occasions and on social media that the true future of pickleball viewership is VIDEO STREAMING – To date, pickleball is not really a spectator sport.  Rewind to the 2018 USAPA Nationals at Indian Wells and you can clearly see the center courts could be better attended.  Now enter Pickleball Global.  Pickleball Global is a software company located in Florida.  Global provides a variety of services for pickleball but perhaps the most intriguing in live coverage of matches from their headquarters.  Below is one of their flyers announcing an upcoming event in April featuring some top pickleball players in the US.  Kudos to Global and let’s hope this trend continues and we can continue to view top matches live or by stream.  In any case, we think your efforts will start a trend of live video for the fast growing sport.

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