Pickleball Ambassadors Visit the Villages, Friday, Feb. 15th!

Michael and Princess Leong, USAPA Pickleball Ambassadors for San Jose and the East Bay, will be visiting the Villages Pickleball Courts at 1pm, on Friday, February 15th.  Everyone is welcome to come and meet them, get the latest local and national news on Pickleball, and perhaps play some games.

Ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent. They may be individuals or couples, or a group of ambassadors working together as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share our game with others of all ages. Some full-time RV’ers are Ambassadors ‘at large’ who promote our sport during their travels.

For more information about USAPA and the ambassador program:  https://www.usapa.org/usapa-ambassadors/

Great Time at the 2019 Pickleball New Year’s Holiday Dinner

A great time was had by all!  Thank to Trish O’Neil and Robyn Siebenthall with assistance from David Cook, Sheryl Ruth, Ginny Spencer and Anahid Gregg.

Check out the photos in our Photo Gallery and Garry Gray’s Opening Remarks recounting the many Pickleball Club accomplishments in 2018!

Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ coach – Big on Pickleball

“In three to four years, pickleball will be bigger than golf and it won’t even be close,” Haney said. (We didn’t fact check that claim, but the 100-plus pickleball courts at The Villages, America’s largest retirement community, are a sure indicator that the game is enjoying a Golden Age.) “If you have a retirement community in the U.S. and you don’t have a pickleball court, you might as well be out of business.”

Here’s why Hank Haney was at the PGA Show preaching the gospel of… pickleball?

New Pickleball Court Reservation Sign-up Rules – Effective 1Feb 2019

Effective February 1, 2019 Pickleball will be able to sign up at the shack 7 days plus 90 minutes. The TC Board met January 22nd and voted unanimously for the change you see below.

When signing up to play Pickleball on courts 5 and 6, you may sign up 7 days plus 90 minutes in advance. Effectively, if you play at regular times, you can sign up at the end of your session for the following week. 

Example:  If you plan to play pickleball on Friday, February 8th, at 10:30 am the soonest you could sign up is February 1st at 12 pm.   To play on February 15th at 10:30 you would sign up on February 8th at 12 pm. (90 minutes after your scheduled play time).

  It’s always 7 days plus 90 minutes after your scheduled play time. 

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2018 Fall Tournament Winners

Novice Round-robin  first place team was Bob Shuck and Vera Hutton with Ralph Lentzner and Melinda Dobbs coming in second.

First place Novice team Bob Shuck and Vera Hutton

Second Place Novice team Ralph Lentzner and Melinda Dobbs

Flight 1 winners were Anahid and Mark Gregg with Debbie and Danny Kirwan winning the consolation round. Gail Keck, Anna Hewitt, Kevin Prest and Norm Krishna were finalists.

Flight 1 Winners Mark and Anahid Gregg

Flight 1 Consolation Round Winners -Danny and Debbie Kirwan

Flight 1 Finalists Gail Keck, Anna Hewitt

Flight 1 Finalists Norm Krishna and Kevin Prest

Flight 2 winners were Sherry Benz and Terry Holmquist with Kathi Ashby and Joe Militello winning the consolation round. Larry and Julie Henig along with Bob Flesher and Kamini Patwari were finalists.


Flight 2 winners wereTerry Holmquist and Sherry Benz 

Flight 2 Consolation Round Winners Kathi Ashby and Joe Militello

Flight 2 Finalists Larry and Julie Henig

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Flight 2 Finalists Bob Flesher and Kamini Patwari

Special Thanks to Betty Olsen, Tournament Director and the many volunteers who put on a great event.

Pickleball Club vs Bocce Club – Pickleball’s Revenge!


Revenge is SWEET!!! Another “just for fun” Pickleball Club/Bocce Club tournament took place on Sunday, September 9th at tennis courts 5 & 6. This time we all played pickleball and the Pickleball Club got the win. The final score for this tournament was 23 to 7.


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