Thursday, April 12, 2018

Announcement

Friday, July 20, 2018
2ND ANNUAL "BAINBRIDGE CUP"
Pickleball's Intercontinental Team Competition
International Federation of Pickleball







Format:
Team Competition: Europe versus North America
Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles
* Age/Skill-Based Competition
19+, 50+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ (planned)
One-Day Event
All players will play multiple matches throughout the day
Each match is worth 1 point for your team (Europe or North America)
Limited to 250 participants
IFP sanctioning rules will apply


Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 2018
ITALIAN OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
Italian Pickleball Association



Format:
Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles
* Age/Skill-Based Tournament
19+, 50+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ (planned)
Limited to 250 participants
IFP sanctioning rules will apply




Friday, April 6, 2018

Shirley Anderson in the news...

Still in her prime
By JOAQUIN AGUILAR H&N Sports Reporter  Mar 23, 2018

Penny English - Shirley Anderson 
Genny Leathers - Connie Emerson - Corey Purvis-Linda McAdam


Some of the most successful athletes are the ones who can endure the most pain.
Shirley Anderson has gone through her share of anguish.
Anderson, 82, is the oldest member of the Klamath Basin Pickleball Association.
Though she is a Klamath Basin native, the cold chill in the winter is something she prefers to live without and for the last 12 years, spends the winter in Arizona.
She has tried every sport imaginable.
If you name it, chances are Anderson has done it.
She has played softball, basketball, downhill skiing, cross country, tennis, to name a few.
To Anderson, not competing in sports is not an option.
With age, and a several setbacks, she found a sport she now invests all her time in.
While playing on a tennis court one day in Arizona, on the court just to her left, she noticed people playing pickleball.
“I asked them what was pickleball. Everyone I talk to now asks me that, 'what is pickleball?' Well, you use a paddle rather than a racquet,” Anderson said. “I ended up liking it better than tennis. It grows on you and you get to the point where you're lost without it.”
Living in Casa Grande, Ariz., Anderson unintentionally encountered likely the most popular place to play pickleball in the country.
While in Arizona, Anderson thrills at playing with and against people from around the country and plays at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, the location of the National Pickleball Championships.
The location has 32 courts alone.
She has become quite renown in the sport and has won two gold medals, several silver medals and recently finished with a bronze medal in the Palm Creek tournament with her partner Penny English.
But the sky wasn't always clear and baby blue for Anderson.
Three back surgeries forced her to quit skiing, a sport she became a national ski patrol senior.
She originally had spinal stenosis. After her doctor wanted to fix a disc in her back, she decided she needed to have an x-stop (Interspinous Process Decompression System) surgery.
To her dismay, the surgery did not fix her spinal stenosis when Anderson thought it would have.
A second surgery had to be done, but this time, her doctor did not properly insert the titanium implant of her lumbar spine.
“It hurt like heck. After a five-hour surgery, I still couldn't straighten up. She could have had a big lawsuit on her hands for what she did to me,” Anderson said. “I could have strangled that women but chose not to hold what happened against her. I think they moved to a different place.”
Anderson was lucky.
According to her new doctor, she was a step away from being in a wheelchair the rest of her life.
Finally, she had one last surgery to correct previous procedures.
Though she was unable to be as active as she was and had to give up many of the sports she loved, Anderson still did not give up pickleball after she had both her knees replaced.
Her first replacement was six years ago and replaced her second knee three years after.
After each knee surgery, it took her six months until she was able to play pickleball again.
“I have been in athletics all my life. My body is in good shape for an old lady. There are days when I don't do as well but I am still out there and loving the sport,” Anderson said. “I am still out here.”
To those who know her, Anderson's personality is what makes her standout.
She is the biggest inspiration at the Klamath Basin Pickleball Association.
Standing at 5-foot-3, she might not intimidate at first glance but is very aware on the court.
A Henley High School graduate, Anderson was in high school when there were no team sports and played intramurals.
To state the obvious, basketball was different in the 1950's.
There were six players on a team, three forwards and three guards.
A player could not cross the center line and had to shoot the basketball from there.
She has had her share of tales.
She tried water skiing once and during an exercise, hit her mouth hard and knocked out several of her teeth.
Growing up as a women was different as well.
She played slowpitch against men in regional tournaments and it was how many women made their living.
Anderson will turn 83 years old next month but shows no signs she will give it all up anytime soon.
She struggles with neuropathy in her feet but said she has no pain or discomfort in her knees.
“The Lord blessed me with being an athlete. I want to play as long as I can and will not stop doing this until I have nothing left. I am on a year-to-year basis,” Anderson said. “I have never given up sports and even when I had all those five surgeries, not once did I say I was done or that I would give up.”
“My mom gave me a glove and a bat when I was six years old and from there, I knew I was born to play sports. The people at the courts tell me I am their inspiration and they want to be like me someday. Humbly, I tell them they can. I tell them they will. People quit all the time. I chose not to because I will not let it stop me when I know I have so much more left to give.”


Tuesday, April 3, 2018


2017 USAPA Facts

●     Places to Play: USAPA Places to Play Database:  5,883
●     Membership : 22,321 (increase of 5,526 or 460 per month)
●     Total Courts: 21,154 (increase of 4,605 or 384 per month)
●     Ambassadors: 1,640
●     Grants: USAPA awarded 119 Community Grants and 1 High School Grant, distributed over $24,000 for pickleball equipment in local communities.  Pickleball Central joined USAPA and donated over 700 wooden paddles to various programs.
●     2017 USAPA Nationals: USAPA 2017 Nationals set a new player registration record with over 1,300 registered players
●     Fundraising: USAPA raised over $8,000 in support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ●     Player Ratings: The number of officially rated players went from 6,000 on 1/1/2016 to 8,638 on 12/31/17.  That's a 2,638 annual increase in initial ratings for new players which was roughly a 30% increase in one year.  In addition, there were approximately 800 players who had a rating but required a rating change.
●     Certified Referees: USAPA certified referees grew to 104 certified referees
●     Referee Evaluators: USAPA trained and approved 5 new certified Referee Evaluators
●     USAPA Regions: expanded from 8 to 11 regions
●     Medal Matches: All medal matches in the 2017 USAPA Nationals were called by certified referees
●     Hall of Fame: USAPA and the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) launched a new Pickleball Hall of Fame
●     Facebook Live Streaming: USAPA Facebook team carried several live matches on Facebook and had a total reach of over 1.5 Million viewers
●     Newsletter: USAPA produced 6 newsletters in 2017.  You may view archive copies of the newsletter at https://www.usapa.org/usapa-newsletter/
●     Pickleball Magazine: USAPA partnered with Dollard Publishing and produced 6 Pickleball Magazines during 2017 see http://usapa.org/pickleball-magazine/
●     Referee Handbook: The USAPA Referee Handbook was updated in 2017 by the Certified Referee Handbook Committee
●     Paddles: USAPA tested and approved 107 paddles in 2017
●     National Senior Games: USAPA provided administrative support for the 2017 National Senior Games which set a new player registration record of over 900 players – Visit http://nsga.com/

Editors Note:  The information contained herein is accurate as of December 31 of 2017.  USAPA will update the Fact Sheet as necessary and post the results at www.usapa.org 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

BREAKING NEWS!

This is what we have been waiting for:

The 2018 USAPA National Championships Committee in concert with Desert Champions, LLC parent company of Indian Wells Tennis Garden is excited to share event and registration details for this year's tournament, November 3-11, 2018 in beautiful Indian Wells, California. Visit this link to learn more: 
https://www.usapa.org/2018-usapa-national-championships/#q1

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Meet The Pros – Carol Lindow

by elizaled
Meet The Pros – Carol Lindow
Carol LindowCarol Lindow
Carol is an ambassador for both pickleball and tennis. She does not believe a player has to give up one for the other! Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2017 USAPA NATIONALS -Gold, Women’s Doubles 5.0/Age with Jackie Faegre
       -Bronze, Mixed Doubles 5.0/Age with Randy Bourne
2017 US OPEN-Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
      -Gold, Senior 5.0 Women’s Doubles with Jackie Faegre
2016 NATIONALS-Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
2015 NATIONALS- Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
2015 NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES- Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
-Silver Mixed Doubles Age with Skip Houghton

2014 HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES- Gold, Women’s Doubles Age
-Bronze Mixed Doubles age
What paddle do you play with and why?
Manta Extreme Point 5 and Manta Cobra Lite. These paddles give me great control and power when needed. Also, I seem to get a more consistent 3rd shot and great touch. I am a Manta Sports Sales Representative and member of the Manta Pro Team. I love being sponsored by Manta. They are a good up-and-coming company.
What is your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I have always loved racket sports and started playing pickleball 5 years ago when I retired and was looking for something new to do with my time. As a former Physical Education teacher, I taught pickleball, but did not realize it had become so popular until I retired and started playing and competing in it. I love the quickness, strategy and variety of shots involved in the game. Plus, the people that play it have so much fun that it is hard to stop playing.
“ One more game,  OK...”
Duel in the Desert 5.0 65+ - Jim & Yvonne Hackenberg, Gold; Carol Lindow & Randy Bourne, Silver; Marsha Freso & Murph Murphy, .Bronze
Duel in the Desert 5.0 65+ - Jim & Yvonne Hackenberg, Gold; Carol Lindow & Randy Bourne, Silver; Marsha Freso & Murph Murphy, Bronze 
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I only play doubles mostly for this reason: I have had bilateral knee replacements and I want them to last for a long time. The lateral movement of  singles would be much to demanding on my replacement knees.
What is your preference – playing indoors or outdoors?
My favorite place to play outdoors is at the Palm Creek Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona, where I spend my winters. There are 32 individually-fenced, premier courts here. This is a place I refer to as “pickleball heaven” for active adults. In the summer I play in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there also are numerous, designated-outdoor pickleball courts with a very active pickleball community.
carol Lindow angle shot
Great Angled Smash Shot!
What is your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
I feel having a wide variety of shots is the key. I don’t want to be predictable and I like trying to take away my opponent's type of game style with various shots that can throw them off. I feel being consistent, keeping the ball in play and not making mistakes is the key to success. I like to play percentage pickleball and not give away “free points”. I try to keep a calm disposition and not get upset when my opponents gain momentum in the game. When I get behind, I tend to concentrate better and always believe we can win the game or match no matter what the score might be. So much of this game is mental. I also enjoy “setting up” the point for the offensive lob or angled smash shot which I would say are my favorite shots. 
What is your day job?
I am a retired PE Teacher.  
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
"One more game" is my motto, which means I play every day, endlessly! 
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
Not really. I just try to focus. I don't get nervous because it is so much fun. A ritual would probably make me nervous. 
Do you have any pickleball goals you would like to share?
I have met most of my goals to win gold in all the major tournaments. Of course my goal now is to stay healthy and encourage tennis players to play both sports because one game helps the other. I don't believe you have to give up one for the other. One of the big resistances among tennis players is that they might want to quit tennis because they fall in love with pickleball, but there are so many folks that do both. Many folks who play tennis at Palm Creek, where I live in the winter, have warmed up to the game. So I also "ambassador" for the game of tennis for the pickleball players, because they can do both. I might consider going abroad to play pickleball as long as they have Age categories. Madrid may be a possibility. 
Anything else you would like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
I am fortunate to have good partners. A good partner is a fine player you can have fun with, like Randy Bourne, who shares the court with you and who encourages their partner. 

Carol Lindow and Randy Bourne
Carol Lindow and Randy Bourne

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Congratulations!!!

 Green Valley Tournament
Marg Ouimet - Rosemary Nichol - Lou Ann Billig - Clive Jones

Spring Slam Sun City Tournament
Patti Decker - Bruce Lewis

Venture Out Super Senior Tournament
Ray Gagnon - Patti Decker - Joel Brown - Bob Gross

Robson Ranch Tournament
Wow - This Group Brought Home the Medals

Complete list of medal winners is listed under Club Information


Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Best on the Planet

No one, celebrates volunteers like the Palm Creek Pickleball Club!

327 Volunteers Celebrate 
Thanks to them, we have the best organization on the planet

This six hour event started with breakfast catered by Mimi's - Fresh fruit, Quiche, Muffins, Orange Juice and Coffee!

Our Sports Leads Randy Bourne, Lee Metcalf, Kerry Hawthorne, Della Bass and Maurice Parobec organized a day of play for 12 teams.  The Black Team lead by Captain Russ Guernes won the day!

Pickleball was on the Agenda and
Bumbee Ball (tennis)

Pickle  Volleyball!

Pickle Softball!

Event coordinators Barbara Parobec and Sheila Balson made sure  everyone stayed nourished with all this activity.  The Sports Grill served Hamburgers, Salads and Chips.  Plenty of beverages were available.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pickleball Hall Of Fame

Would you like to nominate someone?
This all you need to know from Elizabeth Higginbottom - This years chair


Hopefully by now most, if not all, of you have heard about the Pickleball Hall of Fame.   But if not I would like to share this with you.  We in the Nominating Committee are hard at work choosing the 2018 Nominees.   We need your help in raising awareness of the nomination process so we can gather more applications.    

Pickleball Hall of Fame

The Pickleball Hall of Fame was formed in 2017 to recognize individuals who have achieved exceptional results in Pickleball play over the course of their career, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the growth, development and leadership of the game. All candidates should have also
demonstrated a high level of character, integrity, sportsmanship and consideration for others and thus
earned the respect and admiration of their peers. Nomination applications are submitted by the general public through the Pickleball Hall of Fame website


and go through an extensive nomination and selection process. The top candidates are chosen by the Nomination Committee to send through to the Selection Committee . The Selection Committee then choses the
Pickleball Hall of Fame Inductees from amongst these Nominees. Nomination applications are being accepted for 2018 candidates through April 1, 2018.  2018 Nominees will be announced at the US Open in April and the Inductees will be announced at the Nationals in November.
So, how can you help this process? It's easy! Just fill out a nomination application for your favorite player


Or your favorite contributor.


and have them join this prestigious group!

2017 Pickleball Hall of Fame Inductees
Joel Pritchard
Barney McCallum
Sid Williams
Arlen Paranto
Mark Friedenberg
Billy Jacobsen

If you have any questions about the Pickleball Hall of Fame nomination process contact me. I would be happy to help!


Elizabeth Higginbottom
PHOF Nomination Committee Chair
Ambassador At Large

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 Duel In the Desert

A Great Success

The weather was perfect for Players and Spectators 
Each day the tournament ran without a hitch. Anyone new to the game may think this is normal. The critics know better, they have experienced various problems at different venues. It takes a great deal of organization and experience to have a tournament of this size run this well.  The comments from the "Critics" are resounding. 
From "This is the Best Run Tournament" to this is "The Best Tournament on the Planet"

Here are the Numbers:
737 Players Competed                       992 Matches
128 Teams competed on Thursday    58 Medals were awarded  
152 Teams competed on Friday         76 medals were awarded
174 Teams competed on Saturday     76 Medals were awarded
106 Teams competed on Sunday       76 Medals were awarded
Players  by Skill Level:
DescriptionCode 5.0  4.5  4.0  3.5  3.0 Total
Mens Doubles Skill/AgeMDSA2854951227737651.0%
Mixed Doubles Skill/AgeMXDSA49621121129142657.8%
RegistrationREG5686176232187737100.0%
Womens Doubles Skill/AgeWDSA232864897828238.3%

Players by Age Group:
DescriptionCode50-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475-7980-84Total
Mens Doubles Skill/AgeMDSA1230911229915737651.0%
Mixed Doubles Skill/AgeMXDSA27551221168616442657.8%
RegistrationREG42100199213149277737100.0%
Womens Doubles Skill/AgeWDSA25619165355028238.3%

Duel in the Desert is a Tier 2, Sanctioned Tournament
We were the first club in the country to receive this Tier Level in 2012!
A Requirement of Sanctioning is Referees for all matches and Line Judges for medal matches

Here are the numbers:
98 Referees were on board to insure every match had a referee
18 Of these Referees are USAPA Certified (approximately 18% of all the certified referees in the country)
52 Line Judge's (13 Teams), all Palm Creek Pickleball Club members, covered all the Bronze medal matches         in addition to the Silver-Gold matches.

TournamentPhotos:
If you felt at every turn someone was taking a photo, you are right! We had 10 photographers in all, 2 of which are not pickleball club members, but members of the photo club.

Here are the numbers:
   107 Medal Photos
   845 Action Photos
   145 Volunteer Photos
   160 Candid Photos
     80 Vendor Photos
     30 Set Up Photos
1,337 Total Posted in our drop box on this Blog under "Club Photos"

 






Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Congratulations !!!

2018 Duel InThe Desert Medal Winners


2018 Grand Canyon State Games

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tournaments are about many things....


New Certifications
George McCulley - Referee Coordinator
Lynn Raph - Our newest Certified Referee

 Raffles
 NinaFields presenting to Linda Mc Adam
her winnings from the St. Jude's Children Hospital Raffle


Reuniting
Pat Murphy brought the Bainbridge Cup to our Tournament
Rodney Grubbs from Pickleball Rocks teamed up with our Lynn Carlson
as they helped win the trophy for North America

Photos will continue to be published under Club Photos

Saturday, March 3, 2018

15th Duel in the Desert



This years tournament has been amazing. To quote a player  "this club has the best tournament, it runs like a well oiled machine".

Don't miss our last day of competition.  We have great players and have had great weather. Our volunteers run the tournament as professionals.

Vendors are here with clothing, paddles and accessories.  They are best equipped to answer your questions.   The Sports Grille is open and Cold Stone Creamery is a hit!

Feeling Lucky?  We will have a 50/50 Raffle today for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Research Center.

Come and Join the Fun!!!



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lots of Activity

New Board Members
Kathie Baker - Bill Wise - Penny Rossman

Elected by Acclimation

When you miss the meeting you miss Randy Bourne's 
monthly joke!


2018 Pickleball Dance

Check the Photo Album for another 172 pictures!

Club Membership has reached a record breaking 1,000!!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Congratulations!!!

PebbleCreek
Debbie Henwood - MXD 4.5 Gold
Patti Decker - MXD 5.0 Gold
Chip Bourke and Joe Capone - MD 4.0 Bronze

Venture Out  All City
Patti Decker - WD 5.0 Gold

Leisure World
Sheila  Balson and Barbara Biggs WD 4.0 Bronze
Barb Wise MXD 4.0 Gold
Joe Capone - MXD 4.0 Bronze

Southwest Region
Rosemary Reese
Pioneer Award
For Outstanding  Achievement in the 
National Development of Pickleball

Sunday, February 18, 2018

In Memorium Ed Brown

Ed Brown
9/10/36 -  1/31/18

In our 2006-2007 season Ed became a club member, this same season he entered our tournaments and won 2 medals, this was not beginners luck. He continued to win medals for several years thereafter! 
Ed and MaryAnn enjoyed going out in the desert with the Jeepers.  Once MaryAnn started working full time, Ed quickly adjusted and went 4 wheeling with the guys. He also had fun flying his RC airplanes!  If not busy enough, he worked in the pro shop for the last 7 years.
Ed always smiled. He was blessed with being married to MaryAnn for 41 years and having family of 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. MaryAnn will tell you, he has always been strength, there was never a time that he was not there to support and care for her.
MaryAnn will be holding a celebration of life, March 24th from 1-3 in the Santan Room.