Friday, July 26, 2019

You may want to see this..

 BROADCAST ALERT! Pickleball will hit the “TODAY Show Plaza” outside Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza. Tune in to the Today Show next Monday morning to watch pros Lucy Kovalova and Tyson McGuffin demonstrating one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. on a national stage!#USAPickleball #WatchUsGrow #NBC

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thinking about being a Referee

USAPA has come out with a new page, listing some helpful guidelines and tools
Who knows you may be getting paid to be a Referee for our Annual Tournament!



Friday, July 5, 2019

Picklelball on Steroids

There is no end in sight as to how much how sport will continue to grow!
The following article was in the Naples Daily News

East Naples Community Park is set to receive $23.4 million in upgrades, including more pickleball courts, a welcome center and a 3,500-seat championship stadium.
The park, which has become a pickleball mecca in recent years, has hosted the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships since 2016 and its existing 54 courts are frequented by daily players. 
The project’s first phase, which will cost approximately $1.8 million, will upgrade electrical, water and wireless access and add 10 pickleball courts by April 2020, according to a master plan county commissioners approved this week.



The initial upgrades will help event organizers meet the needs of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championship, said Chris Evon, a co-founder of Spirit Promotions LLC, the company that runs the U.S. Open.
Access to improved electricity and wireless Internet will help the event run more efficiently while the extra courts will accommodate demands for more space, Evon said.
“The demand not only for the U.S. Open but for daily play is still increasing so we asked for more courts. The U.S. Open, we pull in 2,100 people, but we turn away about 1,000 people. So, we know that more people want to come to the U.S. Open, we just don’t have the space,” she said.
The second phase of upgrades will include a 3,500-seat Championship Pickleball Stadium, more than 1,000 additional parking spots, a community center and a new welcome center. 



The welcome center, which is set to be completed in 2021, will bring much-needed additional bathrooms to the park, said Barry Williams, the county's parks and recreation director.
"The big thing is we're going to start the design of a welcome center that would include adequate bathrooms for this facility. It was designed in the '80s with a different use and now this has become kind of an event center," he said.
The Phase 2 improvements will cost approximately $21.5 million. Although funding for the second phase of upgrades has not been secured, the money will likely come from an array of county funding sources, Williams said. 
In the past four years, the county has invested more than $3 million in East Naples Community Park, converting areas designed for skateboarding and tennis into pickleball courts, installing a shade structure and making other improvements. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Check it Out

More information has been posted
The history does mention the years at Palm Creek
Lots of answers about the upcoming Nationals under FAQ






Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Nationals







2019 MARGARITAVILLE USA PICKLEBALL
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
NOVEMBER 2-10, 2019
 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

The 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, returning to the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden in November, is on track to be bigger and better than last year. We are excited to share some changes for this year’s Nationals – from additional match courts, fan-friendly scheduling, and an online player check-in to free access to Championship Court, a player focused site layout with a variety of food options closer to the courts and more – it is sure to be fun for all!

Schedules, fees, and tournament information are now available click here.
To read about this year's tournament upgrades click here.

Be sure you have met the requirements to participate and played in one of the qualifying tournaments (click here for list) and start planning your trip to the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships!

Pre-Registration opens July 15, 2019
Public Registration opens August 1, 2019

For more information, visit www.usapickleballnationals.com. We look forward to seeing you at Nationals!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

In Memory of Walt Buehler



Walt Buehler
5/11/2019

Many of us knew Walt by his smile and his love the game. He started playing in 2014 and like most players quickly became involved.  In addition to Winter play at Palm Creek, Walt also belonged to the Parkland Pickleheads at home. He did play competitively in tournaments but liked refereeing even more. In addition to being a referee for 3 years in the USAPA Nationals and many other tournaments, he also gave clinics for the Parkland Pickleheads and at the Central Lions Club in Edmonton.

2009 Walt at Work

Since the 1980's Walt was a sound engineer for the Edmonton Oilers on broadcasts on CFRN radio and later at 630 CHED. It appears that sports ran in his blood!

Many club members have commented on how they enjoyed playing with Walt and his friendship. He will be missed by many. 
This is also a difficult time for Walt's wife Elana, she is currently in hospice.

Like a bird singing in the rain,
let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow
.
--Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sane and Insane

The Sane

This was posted on Facebook today


The Insane
This was posted on Facebook today

US OPEN Pickleball Championships and PickleballTournaments.com are making history! Day 1: Singles

 Operating three tournament desks
 Playing on 58 courts and 
788 matches in one day

Everyone Played
The Pros, The Senior Pros
  Ages from 19+ to 80+
Skill levels 2.5-5.0

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Veterans Spread the Word!

Pickleball Tournament - Battle of the Branches - Benefiting The Gary Sinise Foundation

Pickleball Tournament 10/17/2019 - 10/20/2019 Palm Creek - Casa Grande, AZ USA
Everything you want to know, you can find on the link below. Including players that have already signed up. Signup Here: https://www.r2sports.com/tourney/login.asp?TID=30701

The Gary Senise Foundation has been giving a 4 Gold Star rating by Charity Navigator with a perfect score of 100.  Last year, 91.12 % of every dollar raised was applied directly to supporting our defenders and their families