Pickleball/Bocce Interclub Tournament – 5August2018

Pickleball/Bocce Tournament Photos

On Sunday, August 5th the Pickleball Club was ambushed by a friendly, fun loving group of Bocce Club members.  Over 40 Villagers from both clubs gathered at the Bocce courts for a “just for fun” Bocce tournament.  The Bocce Club won 9 out of 10 games but everyone had a great time and made many new friends.  Wonderful food and drink were provided by the Bocce Club.  We appreciate all their hard work.  Guess what?  Next month the Bocce Club will be playing pickleball….maybe we can get even?????

 The Pickleball/Bocce Exchange Tournament will take place on Sunday, September 9th at tennis courts 5 and 6 from 3-6pm.  Hope members of both clubs will once again turn out for another fun event.  If you are a member of either club and have not signed up you may do so on the Pickleball Club or Bocce Club websites. Please do so by August 30th.  The event is free for all who participate.  A big thank you goes to Bob Iacopi for organizing these tournaments!

Pickleball Shirt new orders closed, existing orders being processed

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If you have any questions feel free to email and ask anahid.villages@gmail.com

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Pickleball Dominates Florida Community

When Chad Edwards and Simone Jardim uprooted their life in Michigan and moved to Naples two years ago, the husband and wife were betting on pickleball.

Edwards ran a baseball academy in East Lansing, while Jardim was the women’s tennis coach at Michigan State. But after playing in the 2016 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, the couple – already addicted to the sport – saw the game’s potential in Southwest Florida.

The bet paid off. Edwards and Jardim now run the academy at the largest pickleball facility in the country at East Naples Community Park. They’re at the forefront of helping the sport infuse with the DNA of Naples.

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Bocce Club/ Pickleball Club Reciprocal Exchange Tournaments


Update:  The Tournaments and Training/Practice Schedules have been set:
Bocce/Pickleball Tournaments Composite Schedule

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I want to tell you about an exciting upcoming event.  In an effort to make Pickleball more visible in The Villages, Bob Iacopi has reached out to the Bocce Club to arrange a reciprocal exchange/tournament.  Basically the way this will work is that Pickleball Club members wiil have a couple of opportunities to learn bocce and then will have a fun bocce tournament.  Then the Bocce Club members will have a couple of opportunities to learn pickleball and then have a fun pickleball tournament. 
The first opportunity for bocce training is this Wednesday, June 20 at the monthly Bocce Clinic at 3:00.  The next opportunity is June 29th for the Bocce Bootcamp at 2:00.  Our third opportunity will be July 15th dedicated to pickleball players at 3:00 pm.  I encourage everyone to attend one, two or all of these sessions!  Bob will be there to provide any assistance required.
Our Pickleball Club Bocce tournament is August 5 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Bocce Club members will be encouraged to attend one or more of our Wednesday /Fridays  drop in sessions and Bob will try to arrange a Saturday training session for Bocce players who work or otherwise can not make a drop in session.
The Bocce Club Pickleball tournament will be held September 9th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on courts 5 & 6.
Both the tournaments are going to be social events and we hope members of both clubs will attend both tournaments.   There will not be any fees to participate and we will not be giving awards. 
Watch for more details and contact Bob Iacopi with any questions or concerns at

Good News – Club Board vote!

Good News!  At the Club Board meeting on Tuesday, June 26th, the Board voted to complete the Studies required by The City of San Jose to construct dedicated pickleball courts. These include a Storm Water Drainage Study, a Sound Study and a Soil Study .  These studies will cost approximately $50,000.  The funding will be split between The Villages and the Evergreen Villages Foundation.

We want to thank both the Club Board and The Evergreen Villages Foundation for their support of this project!
See you on the courts,

Happy Father’s Day!

A great Father’s Day was had by all on the Bistro Patio.  The food and beer were fantastic along with music by the Singing Cowboy and his Bluegrass Band.  A big thank you goes to John Yu for organizing the event and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Pickleball Club.  Anahid Gregg, our club liaison was a huge help working with John.  The 50/50 raffle winner was Wes Tanaka.  He generously donated all of his winnings to our club.  The Pickleball Club is lucky to have so much support here at The Villages.
Haven’t tried Pickleball yet?  Come join us playing the fastest growing sport in the over 55 age group.  Mike Walias has a special session every Wednesday and Friday; 1:00 to 1:30 for beginners only, on courts 5 and 6.  Starting at 1:30 to 3:00, our regular Drop-In for all players is held.  Mike will assist in forming groups and giving tips to players.  We have equipment for you to use, just wear your non-marking court shoes.  Check out our website too… http://villagespickleball.org  for more information.  See you on the courts!
Picture:  Wes Tanaka with Pickleball President, Garry Gray

Spring Fling Pickleball Tournament Results

[Villager article by Terry Holmquist]

On a blistering hot day, thirty eight players turned out to heat up the courts even more.  

The annual Spring Fling was held at 1:00 PM, June 3rd on the tennis courts.   Audience and participants called it a resounding success.   We had plenty of wonderful snacks with water and Gatorade to cool everyone down and supply the players with energy.    

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