Friday, September 22, 2017

For Our Women

I received this from Sue Rocha ourUSAPA's ambassador for Casa Grande.
This is a great opportunity, to meet new players and hone your competitive skills.
I am sure you will agree that it is terrific opportunity, for a range of skill level play!  

Hi Ladies:

Well, it is almost time for all of us to reconnect in Casa Grande.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon and playing some fantastic pickleball.

Picking back up on my duties as USAPA Ambassador for Casa Grande, I am hoping to offer some new opportunities for pickleball players in Casa Grande.  One of the things we are going to try is a Women's Skilled League.  The goal of the skilled league is to enable partners to practice together for tournaments in a competitive atmosphere with players of comparable skill.  However, you do not have to be competing to participate.  This is for everyone.  If you just play socially, but want to up your game and challenge yourself, please come and join us.  If you do not have a partner, please sign up for the league anyways and we will do our best to match you with someone.

The league will run for six weeks starting November 13th.  If successful, we will continue to run the league in January.  The league will be held on Mondays from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Dave White Recreational Park.  We will have six teams per division.  The divisions at this time will be:  3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5/5.0.  Each team may consist of 2-3 players allowing for a sub.  This is a six week commitment.  Please sign up no later than November 6th.  

Attached is the sign up form.  Please complete and return to Margo Malouf at or Sue Rocha at  Margo has volunteered to oversee the league and I will assist.  See you on the courts.

NOTE:  The attachment is in PDF.  If you are unable to open, please let me know.  I can also send the document in Word format.

NOTE:  Please feel free to share this email with others that may be interested in joining this league.


Thursday, September 21, 2017


Grip 'n Rip Tournament
Men's Doubles - 5.0 - Bronze - Dave Touchet and Brent Cassie
Mixed Doubles -  3.5- Gold - Marilyn Cross
Women's Doubles 3.5 - Gold - Marilyn Cross and Jane Cassie

Sunday, September 17, 2017

In the news...


USAPA Great Plains Regional in Colorado Springs 

Gold Medal Men's Doubles 3.5 65+
 George McCulley

Bronze Medal Men's Doubles 3.5 70+
Clarence Morgan
Joe Weatherby 

New Certified USAPA Referee

Irene Fraties

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Its been quiet

I have not been receiving the normal e-mails from tournament medal winners or exciting pickleball news in your home town

So let's talk USAPA membership.  It is amazing how this program has grown!  If you are a member do not miss out on the great deals, you can enter your home zip code for restaurant discounts as well as other items and use our 85122 zip code for when your back at Palm Creek.

Not a member? It is time to get on board, take a look at all the discounts for a $20 annual membership!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

USAPA Nationals Housing Program

This is the final year Palm Creek will be hosting the USAPA Nationals. Once again, we would like to offer Guest Housing to USAPA Ambassadors. Some may stay only for a night, and some a few days and others for the entire tournament.
For the past two years, our members have been a significant supporter of this program. (It would have been hard to do, without you)
If you will be at Palm Creek and have a second bedroom or a pull out couch and are willing to host our dedicated volunteers, you will be providing a service that will be very much appreciated. The attached guidelines clarifies what a host would need to do and what is expected behavior of the guest.
Friendly, non-playing, neighbors are also welcome to be a host.
Ambassadors need to make travel plans and if not playing, need to register for Clinics, the Seminar and Ambassador Events, this is why we are coordinating this now.
If you will be a host, please e-mail with your preferences:
  • A single person or a couple
  • One night, a few days or the entire tournament
  • Any other preferences you may have, such as an ambassador from your home state!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Rosemary Reese

November 3-12, 2017

A bedroom and nearby bathroom is provided for 1-2 Ambassadors during the tournament. It is important that this is conventional living space, not a built out shed or a Casita that does not have a proper bathroom.
Visiting Ambassadors must provide their own transportation.   We do not recommend you pick them up at an airport. They need a vehicle to get to/from the events and to go out to eat, get groceries, sightsee etc.
Hosts should provide some refrigerator space, & time & methods for Ambassadors to prepare their own breakfast.
Ambassadors can bring snacks for lunches & they also can usually get food at the events. They should plan on going out to dinner daily.
Ambassadors may take Hosts out to eat and Hosts may invite Ambassadors to share an evening meal with them at home.
Ambassadors should give some gratuity such as a gift certificate, perhaps at a local restaurant.

Monday, August 7, 2017

And the Medals Go To...


2017 State Games of America

Joyce Staffen
Bronze - Women's Doubles - Age

Lynn Carlson
Gold - Men's Doubles - Age
Gold - Mixed Doubles - Age

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Counting Down....

This is your Last Opportunity to compete in the Nationals on Your Home Courts!!

Registration Opens Tuesday
August 1st at 1PM PDT

This is the first time Nationals is offering Age/Skill. After you sign up, your partner will have until the 15th to register. Details are in the information link below 

Information and Registration
Click here

If you decide not to compete, there is still much to do. In addition to watching the best play, there is a
clinic which will be available to non-players, you will have to register (limited to 100 attendees), all the best vendors will be attending!

To make this, the best Nationals ever, it would great if you would volunteer a few hours, which will insure, all our club members have a good time! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Surrey Pickle Club
John Robertson and Gary Clarke
Gold - Men's Doubles 3.5

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


The 2017 USAPA National Championships will be held November 4 through November 12, 2017, with November 13 as the rain delay date. We are returning to Palm Creek in Casa Grande, Arizona and will be playing all events on 32 permanent pickleball courts.
The National Championships is an opportunity for players at all levels to play against their peers. With that goal in mind, we are pleased to announce a new format for the age event PLUS showcasing the best players in the sport in head-to-head competition TWICE during the nine days of the National Championships.
Registration opens August 1, 2017 at 1:00PM PDT
The USAPA National Championships have traditionally been divided into two major competitions. The first five days are organized by age; the last three days are open events for players who have USAPA ratings of 4.5 or 5.0.  All players who register for the age events are divided into groups based on the age of the youngest team member. This format potentially places 3.0 players against 5.0 players.
In 2017, we are changing the format to better reflect our goal of welcoming players at all skill levels! Opening weekend (Nov. 4 – 8) will feature new formats and events:
  • Age/Skill:  Age divisions will be divided by skill: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, & 5.0.  If there are not enough players in a given skill group to create a competitive tournament experience, two skill groups may be combined within the age group. This format places players of the same age group and the same skill levels in head-to-head competition on a national stage.
  • PPF: the Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) will hold a PPF Championship event recognizing this year’s top PPF performers. Stay tuned for announcements on the details of this fantastic event.
NOTE: Players who are eligible to participate in the PPF Championships may choose to play PPF or Age/Skill but not both.
On the second weekend (Nov. 10-12), as in prior years, all Open events will be played:  
  • Open (19 and older) doubles, mixed doubles, and singles
  • Senior Open (50 and older) doubles, mixed doubles and singles
Make your plans. Register early as the number of players will exceed the capacity of the venue. Check for updated information about the
2017 USAPA National Championships!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Competiton

Congratulations !!!

Grand Rapids
Joyce Staffen 
Gold Women's Doubles  

Pickleball Canada National Tournament
Mike Cooper
Gold  Men's Singles 4.5

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Palm Creekers Grow Pickleball!!

Written by Della Bass and Mike Cooper
Submitted by Della Bass

Parkland Pickleheads Open 12 New Dedicated Courts – How did they get there?

In April of 2012 Della and John Bass returned from wintering in the US where they were introduced to Pickleball, a relatively new and rapidly growing sport, while staying at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort, in Arizona. Once back home in Stony Plain, they immediately knew they had to get things going locally, because they missed playing so much, and they had only played the game for 3 weeks!  After contacting the City of Spruce Grove, and the Town of Stony Plain, both in Alberta, they were asked to submit a proposal. So Della and John got to work, together they combed the area looking for the best location for Pickleball in the area.  John then compiled all of the information and quotes, for hard costs associated with resurfacing and painting lines on old tennis courts, as well as purchasing nets, and Della compiled all of the information available on the game itself, how it was played, what was required to play, the benefits there were to the community, and what they could offer to help get the sport off the ground in Spruce Grove!  

While in Palm Creek, Della had met Marg Ouimet while playing Pickleball, and discovered that she lived nearby, in Villeneuve, Alberta!  Marg was spending time early that Spring in BC, but via email offered to help with beginner lessons, and also suggested they may be able to obtain assistance from the USAPA as well.  After having contacted the Kinsmen and Kinettes in Spruce Grove, the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain Senior Centers, and putting up numerous posters all over both the Town of Stony Plain and the City of Spruce Grove, with minimal results, they were happy to have someone show some interest and enthusiasm for what they were hoping to do! In the meantime, while Della was talking with yet another friend about Pickleball, (Joan Lesburg), Joan mentioned that she knew a couple that played Pickleball, (that couple happened to be Marvin and Lorraine Richter, although Della never did get to meet them until the next winter, on the courts in Palm Creek).  Joan discussed Pickleball with her friends, and they gave Joan the name of someone they thought might be able to help, so Joan emailed Della with the name of a fellow, who had said he was also willing to help out, and he was so enthusiastic that he called THEM the next day!  That man’s name was Trevor Cook!  They now had 4 people willing to help out, with the yet to be named Pickleball Club!  Della and John completed, and submitted the proposal to the City of Spruce Grove on May 7th, 2012.  That same day, a copy was forwarded to Marg, and after a discussion with Judy Cook on May 10th, (Trevor’s wife, and current Secretary for Parkland Pickleheads), Della also emailed a copy to Trevor and Judy.  Now they had 4 Members, who together formed the Founding Members of the Club!

The City of Spruce Grove was very enthusiastic right from the beginning, and commented on how impressed they were with the information provided. They set a meeting within a week, and now with 4 enthusiastic Pickleballers, and with Seniors week just around the corner, in early June, it seemed the perfect time to launch the sport in Spruce Grove.  So with that, a date was set to have the local media come out to witness the Mayor of Spruce Grove, Stuart Houston, officially open a 4 court dedicated Pickleball facility in Spruce Grove, on June 5th, 2012.  After such a successful 1st meeting they felt they needed a name, John said it should have Pickleheads as part of the name, Della said it should be inclusive so Parkland should also be in the name, and so the Club was named. “Parkland Pickleheads”, to include all residents of the Tri Municipal Region, (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and the County of Parkland).  Della then set up the clubs Facebook page, using the brand new Club name to continue to get the word out!

  June 5th 2012, Grand Opening on the Original 4 Pickleball Courts – Mayor Stuart Houston in the middle, and all 4 founding members are also shown here.  John and Della Bass, Marg Ouimet, and Trevor Cook 
It was very good fortune for the Pickleheads, to have a Mayor in Spruce Grove who believes in an active and healthy community. In fact, Mayor Stuart Houston received the Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Award in 2016…and yes he and his wife are soon to be 2 more members for the 200+ strong Parkland Pickleheads Club!!

Thanks to the continued dedicated, and forward thinking leadership team of the Parkland Pickleheads Executive, (Leslie Srogen, President; Mike Cooper, Vice President; Bill Bossman, Treasurer; Judy Cook, Secretary; Debbie Henwood, Director at Large; and Della Bass, Past President), the growing volunteer base, and the cooperation of the City of Spruce Grove Staff and Council, 4 old tennis courts were converted to 12 dedicated courts, and were opened for use on June 23rd, 2017.  The Pickleheads then hosted their 5th Annual Members Tournament on June 24th and 25th, 2017.  Check out our website for pictures and results!

The Pickleheads now have 18 courts for our growing club (over 200 members). There are already plans to take the original 6 courts, have them resurfaced, and converted into 8 courts, which will give us 20 courts within the next few years!! Our annual September Smash Tournament will be held this year on September 8-10, 2017. This event is also the Alberta Provincial Championships, for which some brackets are already FULL!