This past Saturday, an enthusiastic group showed up to play in our latest tournament, the “Battle of the Paddle”. Sheryl Ruth and Robyn Siebenthall organized the event, with the priceless help of Betty Olsen. It was yet another fun and social occasion for the Pickleball Club!
The tournament was divided into 2 divisions, results are as follows:
A Division: Winners: Sherry Benz/Peggy Seidel, Runners-up: Joyce Kludt/Robyn Siebenthall, Consolation champions: Debbie and Danny Kirwan, Consolation runners up: Kathy Ashby/ Anna Hewitt
B Division: Winners: Glenn Seidel/Betty Olsen, Runners-up: Mike and Judy Falarski, Consolation champions: Bob Shuck/Fred Schmae, Consolation runners-up: Phil and Linda Frocht
Yes – Pickleball is getting more and more popular here at the Villages! When there are many players waiting on unreserved (or open play) courts, it’s only fair to have a method of making sure everyone gets their turn to play. The instructions below explain how to use the new paddle holder to keep track of “Who goes Next”.
Thanks to our founding President Nancy Keane who originally proposed this idea that was being used in her “summer” state of Tennessee, and to Joe Spada for suggesting it again.
An ENORMOUS thank you to Jim Valenti, who made the holder from my specs in a day, and then installed it for us! It’s wonderful having such talented folks as part of our group!
Here is a great summary of the appeal and the basics of playing Pickleball. If you don’t already play, it might help you understand the new sport, or for avid players, it’s a nice, concise explanation for your friends.
We are delighted to announce that we will be having reciprocal tournaments between the Village Bocce Club and the Villages Pickleball Club, just as we did last year. It was fun in 2018 and this year should be even better.
The 1st tournament between the two clubs will be on Saturday, August 17th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the bocce courts. Refreshments will be provided. Players for the Bocce tournament can register on the club’s website, www.villagesbocceclub.com.
The free pickleball tournament will be on Sunday, August 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This will be a very casual tournament, and you can play as many games as you want. Refreshments will be provided. If you want to play in that event, please register online at www.villagespickleball.org or sign up at the tennis shack.
If you’re new to bocce, you can attend the Bocce Bashes on Fridays at 3pm at the Bocce Courts.
If you are a new or inexperienced pickleball player, you have several opportunities to learn the game from a Pickleball Club instructor: Half-hour lessons are available to all Villagers every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 on Courts 5 and 6. No registration is required.
Paddles and balls are provided at all pickleball sessions. Please wear non-marking court shoes. Observers are welcome.
Pickleball was well represented at The Villages July 4th parade this year. The Pickleball Club had a decorated golf cart driven by Julie Walias, with Anahid Gregg as the Statue of Liberty, that received Honorable Mention by spectators. There was also an entry of Pickleball fans that included Mike Walias and Mark Gregg playing pickleball while walking the entire route!
Pickleball ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USA Pickleball Association. On Tuesday, July 2, our local USAPA ambassadors, Mike and Princess Leong, were invited to the SIR 114 luncheon at the Clubhouse. Mike and Princess gave an informative talk about pickleball and the benefits of playing, followed by a demonstration on the courts.Spectators were encouraged to join in and play.The Leongs are very supportive of our plans for dedicated courts, acknowledging this would make pickleball atThe Villages accessible to more players. They listed some of the many benefits:attracting new residents, increased club membership, building new friendships and supporting healthy living. A big thank you to the SIR organization for helping to promote pickleball here in The Villages!
USA Pickleball ambassadors to speak at SIR 114 luncheon
On Tuesday, July 2, Mike and Princess Leong will be speakers at the SIR 114 luncheon in the Fairway Room at the Clubhouse. They are a team of ambassadors for the USA Pickleball Association. They promote the sport of pickleball and help start new places to play.
In April of 2017, the couple ventured out to Canoas Park on Princess’ birthday to “just observe” a new sport that Mike had discovered called pickleball. They were warmly greeted by the players who were present and were invited in. A gentleman offered two of his paddles for Mike and Princess to try out. After 10 minutes of playing, they were hooked. Since then, they both have been playing regularly in the Bay Area and in venues around California. They have competed in several tournaments in California as well as in Utah and Arizona, winning their share of medals in singles and mixed doubles.
Guests are invited to attend and should come to the Clubhouse around 12:30 p.m. After this presentation the Leongs will give us a demonstration on tennis courts 5 and 6, so bring your court shoes and participate.
It is time for our second annual Pickle Up! It will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16 – August 1, 6-8PM on tennis courts #5 and #6.
Joe Spada is organizing this comprehensive six session introduction to pickleball. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about pickleball, practice what you learn and meet people to play with.
Session 1 – July 16: Introduction, Equipment, Serve and volley drills
Session 2 – July 18: Rules of the game, Serve and volley drills
Session 3 – July 23: Strokes Part 1, Play games
Session 4 – July 25: Strokes Part 2, Play games
Session 5 – July 30: Basic strategies, Play games
Session 6 – Aug 1: Mental game, Court Etiquette, Court scheduling, Resources, Play!
This is a FREE event! Sign up to reserve your spot.