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 USAPA.org 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!  http://www.parklandpickleheads.com

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!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Medals won in Saskatchewan

The first Saskatchewan Provincial Tournament was also the first tournament in the province to be sanctioned by Pickleball Canada!
The Tournament Director, our very own Karen Rust sent the update and some photos to share.

Congratulations to our Palm Creek Medal Winners:
Maureen & LaVerne Bialowas won Bronze in Mixed 3.5
Reed Cowen won Silver in the Men's 4.0
Pat Drummond & Karen Rust won Bronze in Women's 3.0


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thank You

With news being slow in the off season, there is less reason to check the Blog.
Yet Thanks to all of you, our readers, the Blog has had 250,000+ hits!!!

As a reminder, e-mail me over the summer with any tournaments medals won and pictures, or some other pickleball accomplishment you would like to share!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Heat Wave

Heat warnings of 100+ degrees,  did not stop
26 Players from being on the courts at 6 AM!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Medals go to....

US Open
Tom Earley- Gold Men's Doubles - Age
Byron Freso - Silver Men's Doubles - Age
Carole Lindow - Gold Women's Doubles -Age
and Gold Women's Doubles - 5.0

St. Jude National Indoor Classic
Byron Freso - Gold Men's Doubles - 4.5+5.0
Marsha Freso - Gold Mixed Doubles 4.0-5.0

International Indoor Championship 2017
Bob Sester - Gold Men's Double - Age
and Bronze Mixed Doubles - Age
Lance Thiede - Bronze - Men's Doubles - Age
and Silver - Mixed Doubles - Age
Barb Wise - Silver Mixed Doubles - Age

Kamloops Open
Debbie Henwood and Ross Perkin - Silver Mixed Doubles 4.5
Bev Tithcott and Janice Strum - Silver Women's Doubles 3.5
KJ Klontz - Bronze Women's Doubles 3.5
John Bass -  Bronze Men's Doubles 4.0


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nationals IX No Longer


2017 USAPA National Championships

Players have asked and USAPA has listened
the format for the opening games is now Age/Skill

Check this link for updates

Mark Your Calendar
Registration Opens  August 1st
You do not want to miss the last opportunity to play
in Nationals on your Home Courts

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

US Open ....


 Carol Lindow
Double Gold 
Women's Doubles Skill and Age

Tom Earley
Men's Doubles Age

 Byron Freso
Men's Doubles Age

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

On Board...

The Board

David Wight

Vice President
Ron Wall

Don Bruce

Susan Baldwin

Member At Large
Tom Lindley

Member At Large
Randy Bourne

Member at Large
Rob Schneider

Friday, March 31, 2017


For your countless hours of service and multiple contributions 
Leadership that has kept our club the BEST in the Country!

 Donna Christiansen
President 2015-2017
Vice President 2014-2015
Treasurer 2009-2011
Secretary 2007-2009

Jocelyn Barr
Director at Large 2015-2017
Truly a Sign Up Genius

Reed Cowen
Director at Large 2015-2017
 Beginner Lesson Instructor - highly praised
by those he has given instruction!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just For You

Check out the link under Club Photos!
Three years of club photos and this years Nationals!
Thanks to Bob Vanderlinden for getting Drop Box set up and our Club Photographer Tom Gottfried and his team for taking the photos and the work Tom has done orgaizing these photos by event

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Newly Certified!

Certified Referees
Byron Freso - Joyce Staffen - Mark Nelson

Congratulations on becoming Certified!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

And The Medals Go To

Congratulations !!!

Spring Slam
Mike Place - Byron Freso - Murph Murphy

Robson Ranch
Marsha Freso - Chuck MacDonald - Dex Decker
Murph Murphy - Byron Freso - Carol Lindow
Not in Picture: Joel Brown, Bert Carreau,
Brent Cassie, Mike Cooper

Southern Arizonz Senior Games
Dick Leedy

Fun in the Sun
Byron Freso - Murph Murphy
Not in Picture: Mike Cooper - Bob Sester

SPA 65+
Marsh Freso - Marg Ouimet - Lance Thiede - Lynn Carlson
Carol Lindow - Brenda Stewart - Clive Jones - Rosemary Nichol

Complete Medal Information under Club Information

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What a club...

Thank you to those who volunteered their time and materials creating the items to sell during our fund raiser
Thank you to those who volunteered their time to promote  and sell these items and raffle tickets for our fund raiser
Thank you to our club and it's members, for generously supporting these fund raisers

Together we reached our goal of raising $ 3,000. 00 for:

Thank You!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Volunteer Party

Like No Other

Volunteer Party Coordinators
Barb Parobec - Ross Perkin 
Vicky Macdonald - Sandy Cohen
and their teams 
Gave hundred's of club volunteers a day to remember

Every Volunteer was given a gift when they checked in
The days events kicked off with
Mimosa's and a hot breakfast and music

complete with fun pickleball songs

The Group Gathered at the courts
Marion Nelson - Palm Creek's Event Manager
Thanked all the volunteers who have helped make this a premier 
pickleball destination, which has beckoned many new residents

Club President Donna Christiansen 
Extends a Thank You to all Volunteers
Event Coordinator Barb Parobec at her side

Raffle Tickets were drawn, winners received great prize's, which
included paddles and this years DID duffel bags

Ross Perkin with Air Horn
Coordinates the 2nd Annual Volunteer Pickleball
Round Robin Tournament!!

Next up 
Off to the Ballpark

As players  took the field, in Soft Ball Uniforms
for a real afternoon at the ball park!
Hot Dogs, Cracker Jacks, Peanuts and Beer!!!

Our Volunteers are thanked and appreciated!!
2017 pickleball club volunteers