Thursday, December 28, 2017

Palm Creek MEMBER Pickleball Tournament - Palm Creek Pickleball Club members only
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, Casa Grande, AZ, United States
Mon 02/05/18 thru Thu 02/08/18
Registration Starts: 01/01/18 8:00am
Final Deadline: Fri 01/26/18 
                                    click here                                            

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December 2017 Meeting

The minutes are posted on this Blog, for those of us who missed the meeting
Those who attended the meeting, certainly enjoyed it!

Familiar Faces waiting for the meeting to start
Members enjoying the meeting
Members socializing after the meeting with some really good pizza

Saturday, December 23, 2017

In 2012 our Club entered the Casa Grande
Light Parade with this Pickle Ball Float!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Palm Creek Televised

CBS Sports Network Coverage of the 2017 USAPA National Championships
Be sure to watch a special 2-hour highlight show tomorrow of the
2017 USAPA National Championships on the CBS Sports Network!
Saturday, December 23

To check viewing options for the CBS Sports Network, please click the CBS Sports Network Channel Finder and enter your zip code. If you don't get the CBS Sports Network, check with local sports bars and restaurants in your area as most should have access.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Author: Bill Feekin

‘Twas the night before Christmas
and out on the courts,
were all types of people in tennies and shorts.
All of them beaming and shouting with joy,
Happy as children with a new Christmas toy.
Out of their bags, colorful paddles appeared
To the kitchen they scurried, lined up, and cheered
’Let’s dink it and drop it, let’s volley and kill’
The balls started bouncing as if without will,
The sound from the paddles and balls as they rose
Moved all of the players to the tips of their toes
Cross court and forward, balls started to fly
When appeared an old player with a wink in his eye
Dressed all in red from his head to his toe
A smile on his face and a warm, cheery glow
’0 0 2’ he shouted as he served me the ball
He moved like the wind, barely saw him at all
Then all of a sudden, it was 11 to 0
As we lightly touched paddles, he said he must go 
Before I asked where, he disappeared in a haze
But I heard his farewell while still in my daze
Keep playing and laughing and having your fun!
Merry Pickleball to all, my work here is done.

Monday, December 11, 2017


Club Meeting Wednesday at 4 PM

Don't forget to bring your wallet Teddy comes with $25 coupon off $50 at On Court - Off Court. Coupon expires 12/15/17 . The sell both Pickleball and Tennis items.  If any left we will also have Pickleball Christmas Ornaments for $ 3.00

Win or Lose  Give me a hug   -  Play Hard Love More

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Nationals Viewing Change on CBS Sports

CBS Sports Network Coverage of the 2017 USAPA National Championships

On Mon, December 4, CBS Sports Network informed USAPA that the scheduled 2-hr broadcast of the 2017 USAPA National Championships originally set to air on Wed, December 6 would have to be re-scheduled.  The new air date for this 2-hr. broadcast has been confirmed for:
Saturday, December 23
We apologize for the late change but we are excited about the opportunity to showcase 2 hours of some of the very best pickleball action to a national audience.

To check viewing options for the CBS Sports Network, please click the CBS Sports Network Channel Finder and enter your zip code. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

City Courts - Recreation Advisory Panel Meeting

City Courts are exploding all over Arizona, Casa Grande needs to get on board
If you have the time please attend this meeting
Many of the cities surrounding Casa Grande have put in new Pickleball Courts and are planning on building more.  Casa Grande is far behind.  
Pickleball is on the agenda and this is our opportunity to share with the city the need for additional pickleball courts.

Wednesday, December 6th
The meeting starts at 6:00 pm a
Main Library Activity Room.  

We are hoping to have a large showing of pickleball players.
Please come and join us.   
We would love your support.

Monday, November 27, 2017

28 days until Christmas

Adorable Stocking Stuffers 
$ 2 each  
Fund raiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Win or Lose - Hugs     Play hard Love more

Available at the Membership/Welcome Table
Monday - Friday 10 AM - 1 PM

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Another Great Event

Nationals Volunteer Party

 Barb Parobec - Volunteer Coordinator
Once again we had  a "Great" Volunteer Event

An Outstanding Volunteer Turn Out
Everyone was having a great time eating and socializing

Mike Cramer did a great job of keeping the crowd entertained

The evening sky was the perfect close to a really enjoyable event

Saturday, November 18, 2017

We are busy!

Everyone back at Palm Creek Pickleball has hit the road running!
Once again our club pulled off hosting an incredible Nationals Championship Tournament.  The largest tournament to date!
Our members won a total of 21 medals this year, up from 10 medals last year!!!

 2017 National Championship Medal Winners

If this were not enough the club is up and running with 350+ members already signed up!

Lots of updates, take a look at the links:
  • Schedule of Clinics -  Save your Dates
  • Organized Play Schedule by Day
  • New Membership Roster - this will be updated weekly
  • Updated Medal List - Wow, a lot of medals already   
  • New Club Membership Form
  • Under Photos - Our Club Photographer Tom has been busy adding Photos from Nationals
  • The club calendar is updated. be sure to look ahead 
2017 National Coordinators

The Membership/Welcome Table we hope to have open Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM - 1 PM
We  have 11 / 90 minute shifts that still need to be filled. You can sign up on SUG or you stop by the table, to see which slot you can fill.

Close of 2017 National Championship

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Come to the courts

Don't miss the last day of Nationals at Palm Creek:

  • Top Singles Players compete
  • Vendors have huge assortment of paddles, clothing and all things pickleball
  • Souvenir Pins and Programs $1.00 each
  • Cute teddy bears $2.00 each (grandparents are liking these)
  • Sports Grille is serving lunch 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Come to the Courts

Thursday will be a day of great fun at the courts

Vendor Demo Day - 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

  • A Passport was put in all player bags
  • Volunteers, members and spectators can pick up a passport at the USAPA table
  • The first 500 fully stamped passports brought back to USAPA will receive a free Teddy Bear, this little cutie wears a shirt that says "Play Hard, Love More"
  • Everyone who returns a completed passport will receive a raffle ticket for additional prizes
The Ball Drop  -  Chance to Buy a Ball will end at Noon
  • Buy a Ball for $ 5.00 (or as many balls as you like)
  • Each ball will receive a number, which represents the person who bought the ball
  • At 2 PM the fire department will be here to do the ball drop
  • The balls that fall closest to the targets will be the winners.
  • The 1st place winner will win 10% of the Pot
  • Other Great Prize's will also be awarded
Skill Event for St. Jude's 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Players who signed up will compete by doing some predetermined drills
  • This will be a lot of fun to watch
We look forward to you joining us at the courts

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nationals Day 2

Courtesy of Sue and Don Hepler

Don't miss this event, in addition to watching the best players in the country compete, this is heaven for shopping all things Pickleball! Amazing assortment of Pickleball Clothes and Jewelry.  Beaucoup Paddle Vendors, who can help you find the right paddle for your game!You can participate in the "Ball Drop" for a $5.00 donation to St. Jude's Children's, stop by the USAPA Booth for details and we have been really busy with applications for this year's club membership!

Friday, November 3, 2017

More of in the News

Printed in the Spectrum:
CASA GRANDE — An equipment manufacturer has contributed funds that will allow for a national professional pickleball tournament in Casa Grande next week to have a $50,000 incentive prize pool for the first time.
Idaho-based Selkirk Sport, the manufacturer of high-performance paddles for pickleball, has announced the formation of the sport’s first-ever player incentive pool program. That means $50,000 in prize money will be up for grabs for players using the company’s paddles at the USAPA National Championships Nov. 4-12 at the Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort in Casa Grande.
Selkirk Sport has pledged more than $150,000 in prize money for nationwide tournament play on the 2018 professional pickleball circuit.
According to a company press release, the pool program was created to incentivize athletes to compete with their paddles. In the Casa Grande tourney, there will be a $3,500 top prize if a player wins the National Men’s, National Women’s or Mixed Open Division with a Selkirk paddle. The runner-up in those respective divisions can win $2,000, with $500 going to the third place finisher. Players must enroll in the Selkirk incentive pool program to be eligible for prize money.
Ranked pickleball players Ty McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Tonja Major and Glen Peterson will lead a team of Selkirk staff players equipped with Selkirk’s new AMPED Series paddle as they compete at Nationals.
“We are committed to investing in the growth of the sport at the professional level, which we believe will drive growth at the grassroots level,” said Mike Barnes, operations manager for Selkirk Sport. “While our ultimate goal is to develop a more traditional endorsement model customary in mainstream sports such as tennis or golf, we see this incentive program as a launching pad to validate the performance attributes of our products while driving excitement among the elite players

Monday, October 30, 2017

In The News

 This is Crazy 

We need your help more then ever  to make this tournament a success
please see post below.  If you have a already volunteered, Thank You.
Please give as much time as you are comfortable! 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

We Need Your Help!

Club Members,
If you have not received an email from “Nationals 17@Palm Creek” requesting your help, and you will be in Palm Creek for the USAPA Nationals Pickleball Tournament on November 4-12, we need you!  There will be a Volunteer Appreciation Event on Nov. 17, 2017 for all those who have volunteered to help out.
If you have an SUG account, please log on and under the “Invited to” tab you will see all of the areas where your help is needed.  If you do not have an account, please send your name and email address to “”,  
We need your help!  Please sign up for as many of the areas as you are interested in, being careful not to double book yourself.  Once you have signed up, you may receive further communication from the team leader prior to the Nationals.  You will receive email reminders, two days prior to the time slot you signed up for.
Thanks for any help that you can provide.
Palm Creek Pickleball Club Board

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Huntsman World Senior Games
Marsha Freso
Silver Medal - Mixed Doubles
Bronze Medal - Women's Doubles
Bronze Medal - Women's Signal

Sunday, October 15, 2017

International Competition.....

Bainbridge Cup History written by IFP

Bainbridge Island – Pickleball’s Birthplace
It was on Bainbridge Island (known as Bainbridge by the locals) where Joel Pritchard, Barney McCallum and Bill Bell created the sport we know today as pickleball. While residing at Bainbridge in the summer of 1965, the three founders collaborated to create and design a new racquet sport that everyone could play and enjoy. Thus the name “Bainbridge Cup” was chosen to pay tribute to both the founding fathers and the birthplace of pickleball – the origins of a sport that is now played by millions of people around the world

Team North America competed against Team Europe on a global stage in Madrid, Spain on September 15th. The inaugural Bainbridge Cup is hosted by the International Federation of Pickleball. This  event was unique in that included all ages and skill levels

North American (USA/Canada) had 200 wins and Europe had 102
Team North America took home the Bainbridge Cup for 2017!

Representing Palm Creek
Lynn Carlson on Right( with his partner Rodney Grubbs)

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Written by Jennifer Lucore and posted on her Blog:

We all witnessed (or know of) the iconic 1973 Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Inspired by the new “Battle of the Sexes” movie now in theaters, we have our very our PICKLEBALL Battle of the Sexes on October 7th, at Bobby Riggs Tennis Center in Southern California!

On October 7th at 2:00pm PST, #1 singles players Scott Moore & Simone Jardim will go head to head in a historic match at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club and Museum in Encinitas, CA.

In addition to what promises to be an epic match, 50% of the proceeds will go to both St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the approved charity of the USAPA, and hurricane relief in the United States.

Not only is this an awesome pro vs pro match up, it will also be a live, televised Pay Per View program! For more information on watching the livestream, click here.