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The Art of Pickleball
Written by PickleBall.net     April 21, 2013     2088   0   1   0   0

Gale Leach and her husband, Richard, moved to Sun City Grand in the summer of 2004 from California. Until that time, neither of them had ever heard of pickleball, but they decided to try it. They said they were hooked the first day.

The couple joined the Sun City Grand pickleball club and in a few months, Gale had risen to the “B” ladder, but she wanted to learn more.

KUSA Pickleball
Written by PickleBall.net     April 08, 2013     1518   0   1   0   0

Chances are you've seen the AT&T commercials where the kids talk about a "Pickle Roll." The reference is a play on words around the basketball term "Pick and Roll." However, the Pickle Roll could also be in reference to something else often played on a basketball court: "Pickleball."

They say it's the fastest growing sport in North America.

"It's a combination of tennis, table tennis and a little bit maybe of badminton," explains Pickleball ambassador Chris Beal.

And you don't have to like working out to love it.

Pickleball Orlando Florida
Written by PickleBall.net     April 08, 2013     1822   0   1   0   0

Pete Patterson calls pickleball "a wonderful, positive addiction" — one that has many Florida seniors in its grip.

The 67-year-old Patterson teaches pickleball, a game similar to badminton that's popular with older people who are looking for something more exciting than shuffleboard. His students in Lake County usually experience some weight loss and an increase in endurance from playing pickleball. He noted one energetic pupil of his.

"He's 91 years of age, and he plays like he's in his 60s," said Patterson, whose wife, Joanne, 66, also teaches the sport. "He is remarkable. I want to be like him when I grow up."

Loves Park Pickleball Courts
Written by PickleBall.net     April 08, 2013     1463   0   1   0   0

LOVES PARK — Pickleball players unite in Loves Park this weekend for the first of two tournaments hosted in the Rockford, Illinois region this year.

The first Spring Swing Open takes places Saturday and Sunday at Fusion Sports Center, 7135 Clinton Road, Loves Park. The Hot Slam third annual round robin tournament takes place Aug. 3-4 at Loves Park Playground, 5101 Louisa St., Loves Park.

Each is expected to draw about 100 people with an estimated economic impact of $16,200, according to the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Written by PickleBall.net     April 04, 2013     1604   0   1   0   0

Phoenix plans to add pickleball — often touted as America’s fastest-growing sport — to some or all of its recreation centers because of high demand.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has launched a citywide study to determine whether to add pickleball programs this year. City officials say they likely will decide early this month which of the city’s 11 full-service recreation centers may add the sport.

“We’re just trying to assist with the latest and greatest sport,” said Esther Avila, Phoenix Parks and Recreation’s northwest division deputy director.

Written by PickleBall.net     April 04, 2013     2597   0   1   0   0

Acoustifence soundproofing material placed around a pickleball court reduced noise by 10-12 decibels in a sound meter test conducted by USA Pickleball Association president Bill Booth on April 17, 2012 at the Country Roads RV Village pickleball courts in Yuma, Ariz. This represents more than a 50 percent reduction in sound as perceived by the human ear the report concludes.

Even as one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States continues to gain new participants and fans every day, pickleball is disturbing some neighbors and communities who don’t want the courts around because paddle noise has become a nuisance issue for some people living close to the courts.

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Written by PickleBall.net     March 17, 2013     1778   0   1   0   0

Barely three years ago, Ken Marquardt was often met with quizzical stares when he mentioned the word "pickleball."

Today, a six -person pickleball group he started with in 2010 has blossomed into more than 800 fans who play the tennis-like sport at the Broomfield Community Center and other area recreation centers.

If the rapid rise in popularity seems surprising to others, Marquardt, who calls himself Pickleball Ken, doesn't seem too surprised.

Written by PickleBall.net     March 11, 2013     1644   0   1   0   0

It started as a backyard game on an old badminton court in the state of Washington in 1965. Today, more than 50,000 people worldwide play pickleball, and it's a game that can be played for a lifetime.

Sid Cojac, 99, is known around the Marcus Jewish Community Center as the Mayor of Main Street. He calls the center his second home. But, perhaps the place where Sid feels most at home is the pickleball court.

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Written by PickleBall.net     March 04, 2013     1535   0   1   0   0

In a world that can be dill or even sour, those who play pickleball discover that life can be sweet.

If you ask Patricia Langiotti, 66, of Spring Ridge, nicknamed "Pickleball Pat," she will serve it to you straight, no spin.

"My husband, Ed, is a jock, always has been," she said of the 64-year-old. "I am not a jock. I am a desk jockey, so that's why this sport appeals to me. Anyone can learn it in 10 minutes."

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Written by PickleBall.net     March 04, 2013     2357   0   1   0   0

Anderson Township could be the home of a new pickleball facility next year.

The sport—a combination of badminton, Ping-Pong and tennis—is growing in popularity across the country and Cincinnati is no exception.

Last year the Anderson Township Park District dedicated space at Clear Creek Park, on the western end of state Route 32, to build new pickleball courts.

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