Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter
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Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players and Friends:
I wanted to get this email out to the group because of a time-sensitive item about the upcoming tournament at Indian Wells, CA.
First things first…
I have been the N. Phoenix Pickleball ambassador for quite a few years and as most of you know, I remain a strong proponent of pickleball and the USA Pickleball Association.
I am resigning my position of ambassador because of a recent change in the USAPA’s requirements that all ambassadors need to have a background check. I don’t disagree with this requirement, BUT as part of the background check, they required me to provide my social security number to a private company for the “investigation.”
As part of my professional experiences as a life-long educator, I have been finger printed a number of times and had the FBI and other law agencies do background checks to assure that I have no criminal background whatsoever. I offered to have another FBI background check repeated for the USAPA, but that apparently was not adequate.
I do not see a need to provide my social security number to a company to do a background check for a position for which I receive no appreciable benefit other than the title and to which I donate dozens of hours per year. My wife and I had our social security number compromised several years ago via the Experian debacle and we do not want to risk a repeat of that problem.
Please understand that this in no way diminishes my enthusiasm for pickleball and I will continue to do what I can to help everyone enjoy our sport.
I extend a sincere THANK YOU to the USAPA for allowing me to serve as N. Phoenix pickleball ambassador and I wish them continued success.
***** The Margaritaville USA Pickleball *****
Live Coverage December 7 – 14, 2021
This event presented by Pickleball Central may be of interest to many of our group.
I am sorry for the late notice, but these are the only details I was able to garner.
“The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships presented by Pickleball Central to be held December 7– 14, 2021 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, will feature LIVE @ NATIONALS program with expansive coverage on ESPN+, For The Fans, Roku, Selkirk TV and YouTube, and over 100 total hours of live action from 3 courts. The program will provide coverage from December 7– 12 on the respective platforms and accessible from the official event website at usapickleballnationals.com.
The broadcast schedule will start on Tuesday, December 7 with the Senior Pro Women’s Doubles and Men’s Singles and run through Sunday December 12 culminating with “Championship Sunday”, gold medal matches in Pro Women’s Singles, Pro Men’s Singles, Pro Women’s Doubles and Pro Men’s Doubles. The Live at Nationals broadcast will start each day at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern through 5pm Pacific time / 8pm Eastern.
A special 2-hour broadcast of the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships will air nation-wide on ESPN-U on Sunday, December 26 at 1:00pm ET (10:00am PT).
The broadcast talent for the event will be led by professional host and LA Rams game day host Camryn Irwin. The broadcast will also feature a couple of familiar faces, such as industry veterans and players, Dominic Catalano and Dave Fleming, both of whom have been broadcast announcers for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championship Series. Mark Renneson, a professional player and instructor, will also be returning to the booth from his previous stint as a play-by-play announcer during the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships.
To watch live action each day from December 7-12, visit: usapickleballnationals.com/live ** 10am-5pm PT / 1-8pm ET”
** As of this publication, this webpage has not been updated, but hopefully it will be by the time the tournament begins.
***** Largest Indoor Pickleball Courts *****
Coming to Chandler, Arizona
“Pickleball Kingdom, the largest indoor pickleball facility in the United States, is set to open in Chandler next year. FOX 10’s Danielle Miller reports.”
Watch the video to learn the details – https://www.fox10phoenix.com/video/1007922
***** Pickleball Makes it to the Today Show *****
Watch the Today Show anchors try their hand at pickleball. While this is tongue-in-cheek, I think we can appreciate the “trials” and fun times the anchors had with trying pickleball for the first time.
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