Pickleball News – 20200109– – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20200109 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – January 9, 2020



City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation
********** Updated Schedule **********

GR Herberger Park (G.R. Herberger Park, 5802 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ 85018) has been officially added to the pickleball schedule. I have been asked to circulate this revision for those who want the latest version of the schedule – the link to download a PDF of the new schedule is below.

Updated Version



Desert Ridge Marriott
********** Pickle Palooza **********

NOTE: There is time-sensitive information related to this event.

Desert Ridge Mafriott Pickle Palooza

More Pickle Palooza, Desert Ridge Information HERE

 


********** Pickleball Etiquette **********

NOTE – This pertains only to a small group of our pickleball colleagues and it is not a widespread problem, but it has happened to several people recently.

Apparently some players who had signed up to play with a certain group of players had their name moved to another position without their consent.

Kindly do not take it upon yourself to remove a player from one position and place them in another position on the sign up form/white board. DO NOT do this without asking the person if they would like to be moved.

Some may make the assumption that a player would better “enjoy” a match with another group. That is not their call.

If you want to match up with a group of players and there is no place for you, ask one of the players in the group if they would mind being moved to another match. Please do not assume that it is OK with them to be moved.

Thank you!



For Those Who Have Read This Far

Analysis of a Professional Pickleball Point
********** by Mark Renneson **********

From the YouTube Page:

Mark Renneson of @Third Shot Sportsbreaks down this pro pickleball point between Morgan Evans and Jessie Irvine at the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells, CA.

Some important points:

  • The team of Morgan Evans and Jessie Irvine is stacking (both players on the same side of the court during serve, etc.)
  • Professional serve with pace!
  • Note why Jessie Irvine does not rush to the net and lingers in “no man’s land” for a while.
  • Both players approach the net together to avoid leaving a gap in their coverage.
  • Notice that when they hit the ball, they area watching the ball hit the paddle.
  • Some Pros, men and women, use a two-handed backhand.

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********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200305 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20200305 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – March 5, 2020

 
Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:

Here is some timely N. Phoenix news and other items related to pickleball.



******************** School Recess Community Center ********************
Schedule Changes

UPDATE – All City of Phoenix Community Centers are closed to Group Activities including Pickleball UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Deer Valley Community Center – – 602-495-3735 – – Pickleball is cancelled from 3/16-3/20

Paradise Valley Community Center – – 602-495-3777 – – Pickleball is cancelled for two weeks, 3/9 – 3/20 (Pickleball will resume on 3/23/2020)

Washington Activity Center – – 602-262-6971 – – Pickleball is cancelled from 3/16-3/20

**It is my understanding that all other City of Phoenix Community Centers will be maintaining their regular pickleball schedules.

 


******************** Getting A Grip ********************


To paraphrase Cyndi Lauper, it has been my experience that most recreational pickleball players just want to have fun. Having said that, however, I know from my conversations that there is a core of those players who long to improve their game. Most of us have not had formal training and we have just “picked up” how to play. In my opinion, pickleball is addictive because it is simple in concept, but challenging in execution.

Let’s talk about one aspect of the sport that is sometimes taken for granted… Every time we step on to the court, we grip the paddle in a way that we were taught or one with which, over time, we have become comfortable. I am willing to conjecture that most of us don’t often think about how we are gripping the paddle. The grip is the grip and we have used it for a long time and we just continue to “do it that way!”

How often do you check your grip? Most advanced players check it quite often and perhaps between every point. Has your hand slipped a bit? Has your Continental Grip now become something else? Are you gripping your paddle as though it is a life preserver and you are holding it tight so it doesn’t slip away? Maybe it is time to reexamine the way in which we are holding our paddles.

Truth be told, I am working on revising my grip because I find that I am not “relaxed” enough at the NVZ and my grip is more tense than it needs to be. Sometimes this results in a shot going too long; “Out!”!

Professional pickleballer and coach Sarah Ansboury has two interesting articles about the pickleball grip. If you haven’t thought about how your are holding your paddle in a while, perhaps these will be helpful

Get a Pickleball Grip

Get a Grip: My Three Keys

 


******************** High Visibility Red Pickleballs ********************

The life of a pickleball is a difficult one. After all, how would you like to be whacked on a serve, pounded with an overhead and dinked over and over again before being smashed? In an effort to find other USAPA approved pickleball options for use on our indoor pickleball courts, I contacted Head/Penn and they sent sample pickleballs to try at a couple of our venues.

Just above the white underline are the words USAPA Approved. They are lightly embossed, but not printed as they are on pickleballs from other manufacturers. The picture doesn’t exactly match the color red of the actual ball which tends a bit more to the vibrant, pinkish side.

After using these balls for two days, I can say that they provide a very good, consistent bounce and play very well. If you have ever “lost” a ball because it blended in with the surroundings or the lighting was poor or the ball was somewhat hidden when crossing close to the top of the net, don’t worry when using these. You won’t easily lose sight of them. After all, the are highly visible.

The Penn/Head balls are not as hard as some of the Onix balls we have purchased and seem to play as well as or better than those. My concern with the orange Onix balls is that they seem to crack quite readily. We generally start with five balls at PVCC and almost every day, at least one needs to be replaced.

The “trial” balls mentioned above are what I would call “high visiblility” red. The balls are easily seen on the darker floors at the FLC and the lighter floors at PVCC. I plan on putting them out for players to try at PVCC when pickleball resumes there in two weeks. I will also carry a couple with me so if you see me at the FLC and you would like to try one, let me know. I would appreciate your feedback if you do try the new balls! [ Did you like the color? Were they easy to see? Did you like the way they played? ]

 


Video
******************** For Those Who Have Read This Far ********************


There are some shots in pickleball that are just a little more important than others. The serve, for example, may stand supreme in its importance because if you don’t get it “in,” you can’t score a point.

The return of serve is noteworthy because you want to keep the other team far back in the court for the longest period of time.

The third shot is very important because a good one can enable the serving team to get to the NVZ.

What happens after that? Well, I’m glad you asked because Prime Time Pickleball gives us their take on another important shot in the video below.


#1 Most Overlooked Pickleball Shot That Is Killing Your Pickleball Game

 

NOTES:

Notice how Jordan Briones hits the ball when he is at the net. It is somewhat subtle, but he flicks his paddle in an upward motion giving topspin to the ball. This helps keep the ball low and in the court.

Another point to keep in mind is, that if you are approaching the net and the opposing player is getting ready to hit the ball, stop and prepare to return a shot if it comes your way. After your team returns the ball, continue to the net. It is very difficult to hit a good shot on the move.

Don’t worry about “no man’s land” at this juncture. If you are moving with the intent to get to the net, this is really just a transition zone

 

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



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********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I am sending my best wishes to all my pickleball friends and acquaintances for a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Holiday Season!

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



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Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
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********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20200210 – Archived Version

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – February 10, 2020

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:


********** Community Centers Closed Monday 2/17 **********
President’s Day


********** Goelet A Beuf Community Center **********

Renovations for the gymnasium floor are still ongoing.


********** Professional Pickleball Association **********

If you didn’t know there was a Professional Pickleball Association, here is a pickleball-thumping video showcasing their upcoming tournaments including some nearby.


For those who want to watch higher-level competition…

Mesa Grand Slam Qualifier – February 13 (Thursday) – 16 (Sunday)


From the website:

The Mesa Grand Slam Qualifier is one of the largest tournaments in the Western United States. We have an event for everyone, don’t miss out on joining all the fun! There will be raffles, games prizes and lots of Pickleball.

Come and watch top professional players from across the country battle for major prize money and to automatically qualify for Major Grand Slams.


Spectators are welcome!

Mesa Tennis Center
4125 E McKellips Rd

For those who might be interested, HERE is the link to schedule:


**********

Pickleball is becoming a MAJOR sport… Mark Your Calendars!

The Masters is a Grand Slam Event, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa – May 12 (Wednesday) – 17 (Sunday)


 

JW Marriott
5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ

Spectators are welcome. There is an $8 parking fee for 6 hours.

All the information you may want to know about this event, click HERE and visit top buttons for details.

NOTE – For those who have never been to a tournament, all I can say is: If you love pickleball, a tournament can be very exciting to watch!



********************
For Those Who Have Read This Far

5 Ways to Improve Your Pickleball Game
********** by Glen Petersonn **********


Take notice of the second point about the transition to the kitchen that Glenn Peterson makes. Beginners find this very hard, but most coaches believe this is an essential skill for those looking to improve their game!

From the YouTube Page:

Pickleball 5.0 Pro and National Champion, Glen Peterson introduces 5 tips to make you a better pickleball player. Follow these tips and you will have more fun playing pickleball. These tips will get you to longer pickleball rallys and more wins. Some of the tips may surprise you with their simplicity.

Glen made this video because he’s a student of the game and wants to share what he’s learned over the years of observing elite player succeed at matches.

Get into the Pickleball Zone with these helpful tips from Glen.



For the More Advanced Players
********** by Coach Phil and Simone Jardim **********
Developing Quick Hands

Take special note of the drill that starts with Simone’s explanation at about the 5:10 mark in the video.

PS – You can do the first two drills without the wristband; it’s hard enough for most of us!



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***. Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year. ***

 

 
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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20191223 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191223– Archived Version

 

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December 23, 2019

Hello N. Phoenix Area Pickleball Players:

We are nearing the heart of the winter holiday season and I hope you have plans to share time with family and friends and perhaps some pickleball!



Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department
********** 2020 Winter/Spring Pickleball Schedule **********

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has published the winter/spring pickleball schedule for the Community Center and Parks.

To download a color PDF copy of the Winter/Spring 2020, Phoenix Community Center Pickleball Schedule, click HERE!

NOTE – The gymnasium floor at the Goelet A. C. Beuf Community Center is still being repaired and thus it is not open for pickleball at this time. The target completion date is sometime in January and at that time, a revised schedule will probably be issued.

 


********** USAPA 2020 Rulebook & Revisions **********

USPA Pickleball Rulebook Revisions – Thanks to Mark Renneson and Third Shot Sports, a digital copy of the 2020 USAPA Pickleball 2020 Official Rulebook can be downloaded.

Perhaps more valuable to many players, Third Shot Sports has also published a list of revisions to the old rules. You can download a copy HERE -> Major USAPA Pickleball rule Changes for 2020.

 


********** Pickleball Ornaments **********

Yes, you can make Christmas Ornaments with pickleballs and related materials.

picture Via

 


********** Holiday Pickleball Closings **********

Check previous newsletter HERE for information about indoor PB venues holiday hours and closings!

 



Weather have you down?
********** Watch a Pickleball Video **********

If you can’t get out and play, but want some entertaining pickleball, you can check out this match on Pickleball Central!

PRO Men’s Doubles Play-In Match from the 2019 Franklin Pickleball Masters!

From the video website:

Today we are bringing you one of those matches. On one side is the team of Jeff Warnick and Riley Newman, and across the net, their opponents Dave Weinbach and Steve Deakin. Both teams want their shot at the Gold, but only one can walk away the winner. Who will it be? Watch the match to find out.

http://www.pickleballchannel.com/2019/12/2019-fpm-mens-playin/

 



Start the New Year
********** as a USAPA Member **********
Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year


Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20191206 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191206– Archived Version

 

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – December 6, 2019

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:



City of Phoenix Community Centers
********** Gyms Closing for December **********

As I stated in my previous post, December is an “awkward” month for indoor pickleball in the Valley because of holiday events, maintenance schedules and other location-based activities.

The Community Centers often have staff events, meetings, etc. during this time of the year. In addition special events are often provided for students that have a winter recess from their schools.

Paradise Valley Community Center

  • Monday, December 9th – THERE WILL BE PICKLEBALL as usual. The center has a special event in the evening; sorry for any confusion.
  •  
    Closed for Pickleball as Follows:

  • Wednesday, December 11th – NE Division Holiday Party
  • December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020

NOTE: We can probably surmise that this will be similar for all City of Phoenix Community Centers, however

My best advice is to check with your preferred indoor venue during the upcoming weeks to avoid disappointment. This may be an opportunity for outside play for those of use who generally play at our indoor courts!

You can check “More Places to Play” for some aoutdoor courts in and around North Phoenix!

 



Family Life Center 2019-2020 Holiday Hours
********** Gym Closing for December **********

Family Life Center 2019-2020 Holiday Hours

NOTE – I was told that there WILL BE PICKLEBALL on Tuesday, December 24th, but the hours will be shortened to accommodate the schedule above.

 



G.R. Herberger Park
********** Open for Pickleball **********

Pickleball Courts at G.R. Herberger Park
5802 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ 85018

G.R. Herberger Park
Picture Courtesy of Mary Travis – The court on the right-hand side is a tennis court.

From the USAPA Paces to Play Website:

“The City of Phoenix opened 4 permanent outdoor pickleball courts at this location on 11/27/19. The park is open 5:30am – 10pm, 365 days a year and is free to the public. Two tennis courts were converted to 4 fully painted pickleball courts with permanent nets and lights. There are restrooms in the park as well as 2 remaining lighted tennis courts, lighted sand volleyball, and a play field. The park is located on the north side of Indian School Rd. next to the canal and multi-use bicycle path. The viewpoint for The Arizona Falls is accessed from the west end of the parking lot.”

 


For Those Who Have Read This Far

PRO Mixed Doubles GOLD Medal Match
********** 2019 Franklin Pickleball Masters **********

If the weather and holidays are keeping you from pickleball, why not try the next best thing? Watch pickleball tournament videos!

The match below is between the team of Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova and Ben Johns and Simone Jardim. These are four of the perennial finalists in professional pickleball and are among the “stars” in today’s pickleball world. I think you will find the match entertaining and a wonderful showcase for our sport.

BTW – The name of the facility hosting this match is called Chicken ‘N Pickle in Wichita, KS. Pickleball is becoming so popular that even restaurants are now hosting courts. You can check out their website – Chicken ‘N Pickle – Wichita, KS

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Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
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*** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year ****

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 

I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Archived versions of North Phoenix Pickleball news and information about a variety of topics related to pickleball, tipes, local schedule changes, etc.

Pickleball News – 20191119 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191119– Archived Version

 

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

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Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – November 19, 2019

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:



City of Phoenix Community Centers
********** Gyms Closing for Maintenance **********

Here is the tentative schedule of the CC closings for floor maintenance as per my telephone conversations yesterday.*


Deer Valley CC
— First week in January


Beuf CC

The gymnasium floor is still undergoing repair and will most likely be out of service until mid-January


Pecos CC
— Gym closed 11/25 – 11/29


Sunnyslope CC
— Closed the week of December 30th!


Paradise Valley CC
— Gym closed 11/25 – 11/29


Washington Activities Center
— Gym closed 11/25 – 11/30

*NOTE – The Community Centers do what they can to alert our pickleball community when there will be closures. Kindly understand that “things happen” and schedules may need to be changed!

ALSO…For those who are relatively new to our pickleball community, check with the centers you attend to learn their holiday schedule. Community centers and other indoor facilities often have programs (which use the gymnasiums) for children during the winter holidays. This is a good time to play outside; weather permitting!


Washington Activities Center
********** Open for PB on Saturdays through 12/19 **********

10AM – 1PM



********** Pickleball Coaching **********


The International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) is a certification organization for advanced players who want to coach others in the finer elements of the sport. Some of the coaches do work with our Community Centers and the Phoenix Department of Parks and Recreation to provide group lessons.

Many of the coaches would welcome the opportunity to help those who are serious about improving their pickleball skills. If you want small group or individualized instruction beyond the basics, you might be able to find just the right instructor among those who are members of the IPTPA.

The link* for the Arizona IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professionals listing is below. If you are interested, you can contact those listed. Use the telephone area codes as a guide for those who may be local to your area.

https://iptpa.com/certified-coaches/

*The link can be a bit “finicky” so you may have to click more than once.


 
********** Intro & other Basic Classes at the PHX Community Centers **********

I will be sending in the dates for Winter 2020 Intro to Pickleball Classes that I conduct at Paradise Valley Community Center in December. You can check all the City of PHX offerings at the link below (Look for the Community Center You Would Like to Attend). Additional classes will be added in December:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=pickleball&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities



********** Pickleball Competitions **********


NOTE – I have no affiliation with the following organizations. I am passing this information along as a courtesy to those who may be interested. Your mileage may vary!

If you are interested in the information, I recommend you subscribe to the newsletters for the Victorium and World Team Pickleball.


2020 World Team Pickleball Championships – Surprise, AZ


The following was sent to my attention over the weekend and I am copying it below for those who may interested.
SAVE THE DATE – 2020 World Team Pickleball Championships




2020 WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 7-9, 2020

Surprise City Courts in
Surprise, Arizona

PRO and AMATEUR TEAMS WELCOME!

$36,000 PRO PURSE: PRO, SENIOR PRO, & SUPER SENIOR PRO (Prize money pro-rated if minimum number of teams is not met.)

Compete with teams from the United States,
Canada, and other countries

3-Day TEAM pickleball event

Grab your friends and register today!!!
Registration Deadline – January 6, 2020

No team? No problem!
Register as “Need Team” and we will find or create a team for you!

The 2020 WTP Championship Format:

  • Friday February 7 – Men’s Team Doubles

  • Saturday February 8 – Mixed Team Doubles

  • Sunday February 9 – Women’s Team Doubles

Play one day or play both days. For example, women can choose to play Mixed on Saturday AND Women’s on Sunday or chose to play only Mixed OR only Women’s.

  • Skill Divisions: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0

  • Age Brackets: 18+, 50+, 60+, 70+ (3 teams or less in an age bracket, skill division will be used)

  • 4-Player Teams

  • Teams may have 2 additional players for substitution and rotations

  • Awards given to 1st and 2nd place teams

Registration opens Sunday December 1st.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

QUESTIONS? Email us at: WTPDirector@gmail.com or visit WorldTeamPickleball.com for more information.

 

From the Victorium

I received the message below a couple of days ago. These events have limited openings and may be closed at this time, but you can check if you are interested. As noted elsewhere, if this type of event is of interest to you, contact the Victorium and request to be placed on their email list.

December 2019 Pickleball Happenings

Hi Pickleballers,

It’s holiday season and “the weather outside is NOT frightful”… In fact, it’s perfect for pickleball! So get out there, play, meet others and HAVE FUN! We’ve been quite busy the past few months, trying to bring in a variety of instructors and Pros. We are happy to announce that Vicki Foster, a fantastic local pro and highly respected instructor, will be offering a special clinic this month. If you haven’t been able to attend the specialized clinics and bootcamps offered by our local instructors, we highly recommend them. In addition, don’t miss our VISITING PRO clinics. Not only will you gain extremely valuable pickleball skills, you will undoubtedly be left with lasting impressions and fun memories.

EXPANDING LEAGUES in 2020 – Yes! We are thrilled that our Winter Leagues will be expanding to four courts due to such high demand and popularity. More information including dates, times and a link to sign up below.

REINDEER ROUND-UP – This festive combined skill team competition will provide the perfect occasion to mix and mingle and bring in some holiday cheer. Join us for this fun event where you will be able to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate another great year of Pickleball. Details below.

THANK YOU! – Pickleball truly has been a special GIFT in our lives and we hope the same is true for you. We look forward to providing more exciting programs next year! Thanks for your continued support. Lester and Amy 😉


_____________________________________________________________________

Classes, Clinics and Lessons for December listed below. To view the monthly schedule in calendar format, click here – https://dinkallday.com/schedule/.

VISITING PRO CLINICS:

Did you see who won GOLD at Nationals in the Senior Men’s Pro Division? The one and only Dave “THE BADGER” Weinbach! Monday, Dec 9th: – We only have 2 spots left in our 8AM-10AM beginner/intermediate clinic and 2 spots left in our 10AM-12PM Advanced clinic. Cost $70

DAVE “THE BADGER” WEINBACH – SIGN UP HERE!

PADDLETEK PICKLEBALL PRO

8 Time USAPA National Champion

10 Time US Open Champion

Winner of 110 Gold Medals in Competition

Two Hour Interactive Skills Clinics

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2019

$70 per person

Session One: Beginner/Intermediate—8AM-10AM

Session Two: Advanced — 10AM-12PM

NO REFUNDS AFTER NOVEMBER 24th

***VISITING PRO EVENTS ARE CLOSED TO NON-PARTICIPANTS***

How’s this for double the fun? – On Wednesday, January 8th, Helle Sparre and Lindsey Newman will jointly be conducting a 1 hour “Play with the Pros” followed by a 3 hour bootcamp. This bootcamp will encompass Helle’s dynamite doubles program with special focus on the first four shots – serve, return, third and fourth shots. Helle and Lindsey will also cover court positioning and shot selection within the transition zone and at the NVZ. SIGN UP HERE!


**HELLE SPARRE AND LINDSEY NEWMAN**

WEDNESDAY January 8th, 2020

Play with the PRO’s 8AM-9AM

(Each player will play with and against each PRO for the full hour and get personalized tips such as court-positioning, shot selection strategies, and analyzing your opponents for weaknesses.)

($50, limited to 6 spots)

3 Hour Dynamite Doubles (Customized) BOOTCAMP

9AM-12PM

($90, Maximum 16 Spots)

LEVELS: 3.0 and Above

NO REFUNDS

***VISITING PRO EVENTS ARE CLOSED TO NON-PARTICIPANTS***

LEAGUES: SIGN UP HERE!

Please sign up early to secure your spot, these leagues fill up quickly!

ALL Leagues:

$70 per person, 16 Players Maximum

Early Bird Discount $65, must be registered and paid by December 7th.

No refunds after December 15th.

5 Weeks (4-5 games/wk – Games to 11 or 15)

*If you are unable to play a week, a substitute can be used*

Beginner League (2.0-2.5)

WEDNESDAYS 8:15AM-10AM

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

*If you have not done a league yet, this is the place to start.

Knowing how to score and the rules of the game are required.*

Advanced Beginner League (2.75-3.0)

MONDAYS 10:15AM-Noon

Dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

OR

WEDNESDAYS 10:15AM-Noon

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

3.0 League

MONDAYS 8:15AM-10AM

Dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

3.5+ League

TUESDAYS 8:15AM-10AM

Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11

BOOTCAMPS – SIGN UP HERE

With PPR and ITPTA Certified Pickleball Instructor: Vicki Foster

Vicki Foster is a 5.0 pro pickleball player. For the past twenty years, Vicki has been a tennis professional at various facilities in her hometown of Vancouver, B.C., as well as in Chandler and Scottsdale, Arizona. Twelve years ago, her family built a pickleball court at their home and alongside tennis, Vicki started teaching and competing in pickleball. She most recently won Gold in the 2019 USAPA Southern California Western Regionals in the women’s 5.0 singles age division. She also medaled in the 5.0 singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events at the 2019 USAPA Southwest Regional Championships and was a 2019 US Open women’s 5.0 doubles finalist. She is a sponsored player with GAMMA Pickleball.

3 Hour Skills and Drills Bootcamp

9AM – 12PM, Min 4/Max 8 players, $75 pp,

Thursday, 12/19/2019. Skill Level: 3.0 and above

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

Elevate your pickleball skills and strategy choices with a fun mix of drills and live-point play designed to improve your consistency and point construction, slow the game down to defend against hard hitters, and take valuable moments away from your opponents to minimize their recovery and decision making time.

With PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor: Jeff Peck

3 Hour Beginner Bootcamp

9AM – 12PM, Min 4/Max 8 players, $75 pp,

Thursday, 12/12/2019. Skill Level: Beginner

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

This intensive bootcamp will help beginners gain consistency and confidence along with a deeper understanding of all aspects of the game. Assessments, Dinking, Dropping, Serves and Returns, along with Partner Movement will be addressed. All the concepts will be integrated through game time at the end.

CLINICS – SIGN UP HERE

With Pickleball Instructor: Cathy Turchan

2 Hour “When to Advance to the NVZ?” Clinic

8AM – 10AM, Min 4/Max 8 players, $50 pp,

Thursday, 12/05/2019.

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

Come in..stay back… what do I do? Are you always questioning whether to advance to the NVZ quickly or wait? Do you continually end up in the middle of the transition zone? Learn how to make decisions quickly and advance to the NVZ with confidence!

With Pickleball Instructor: Cathy Turchan

2 Hour “Please DON’T Pop up the Ball!” Clinic

10AM – Noon, Min 4/Max 8 players, $50 pp,

Thursday, 12/05/2019.

For 6-8 players, Lester Tang will co-teach and 2 courts will be reserved.

Are you continually losing points because you are popping up the ball and waiting for someone to slam it back at you or your partner? I will show you techniques on keeping the ball low so your opponents won’t have that opportunity. Or, if you get the opportunity for hitting a high ball, I’ll show you how, when and where to hit the ball for the winning shot.

REINDEER ROUND-UP – SIGN UP HERE!

What team will you end up on? Are you Team Dasher, Team Dancer, Team Prancer, or Team Vixen? Only Rudolph Knows!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th 8AM-NOON

AND/OR

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th 8AM-NOON

ALL LEVELS WELCOME

12 Player Minimum/24 Player Maximum each day

$20 per person/per day

Games Begin at 9AM (arrive early to warm up)

COOL PRIZES and FUN FESTIVITIES


Friday Round Robins REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR RR’s:

Registration is completed in Track-it-Hub. Invitations are sent out approximately 2 weeks in advance. To register for a RR, click on the invitation you receive in email. Once Track-it-Hub launches, you’ll see your name on the list for that specific event. You will receive an automated email confirmation that you are registered. Invitations are sent based on skill level, so it is imperative that your level is correct in Track-it-Hub (newly added TIH players default to 2.5). Please notify me if your rating needs updating so you are in the proper skill group.

Fridays 9AM-11:30AM, Please come early to warm up – The number of players is limited to 20 (with 8 on the waitlist). Players will play in 5 rounds with 1 round as a bye. The entire round robin takes approximately 2 1/2 hours. You do not need a partner. COST: $10 per player, please pay cash at event. You will get an invitation based on your skill level, so it is important that your level is correct in Track it hub (newly added TIH players are defaulted to 2.5).

12/6 3.0 Level Round Robin

12/13 3.5+ Level Round Robin

12/20 2.5 Level Round Robin

PLEASE TAKE CARE – We continue to see several players dealing with injuries. Stretch and warmup before you play. Also, please wear eye protection, those balls come fast and hard at the NVZ. We want to see everyone happy and healthy in the NEW YEAR!
You may view the group at https://www.trackithub.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewgroup&groupid=768

 

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20191010 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20191010 – Archived Version


October 10, 2019

 
Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:


Phoenix City Community Centers Are Open on Columbus Day
********** Monday, October 14, 2019 **********

 

********** NEW-ish Outdoor Pickleball Courts **********
at Moon Valley Country Club

PB at Moon Valley CC

  • When: Every Monday-Saturday 8:00AM – 11:00AM
  • Where: Moon Valley Country Club Tennis Courts, 151 W. Moon Valley Drive, Phoenix
  • Fee: $5.00 per day

* No Reservations Required!
* Balls will be provided. Please bring your own paddle.
* (Limited paddles available to borrow)

NOTE – It is my understanding that currently there are four courts with more to be added in the future.


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Coordinated by Bill and Nedra Marshall.
Please email billmarshall1010@yahoo.com with any questions.

 

********** Family Life Center **********
New Fee and Schedule Change

The Family Life Center has recently upgraded their pickleball nets and now all courts have prime nets to assure regulation height for the games.

The new yearly fee for pickleball will be $60. Players can elect to pay $35 for a six-month membership.

ALSO … Friday play from 1:00-3:00PM is now included as part of the pickleball membership.

Thanks to all those who contributed toward the new nets, Stefano for helping to acquire them, and Jackie Switzer who has fostered an excellent pickleball program for N. Phoenix players!

 


********** A Myth Related to the 3rd Shot Drop **********
OR Stop trying to make the third shot drop “too good!”

Many players have been led to believe that a good drop shot is the premiere shot in pickleball and indeed it is a very effective play. A following thought is often that the drop should land as close to the opponent’s side of the net as possible. Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports (coincidental name vis-à-vis this video) demonstrates how this belief is not accurate and he provides empirical proof.

Perhaps trying to make that drop shot “too good” is causing you to hit the ball into the net more often.

Watch the video to see what makes a drop shot effective.

 

 

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Pickleball News – 20190522 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20190522 – Archived Version

 

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!


May 22, 2019

 
Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players:

Here are some recent items which may be of interest to area pickleballers.

NOTE – My pickleball is somewhat limited during June and July so if I don’t see you, I hope you have a healthy and happy summer!

Now for the news…

 

City of Phoenix Community Centers
********** Summer Schedule Begins May 26 (+/-) **********

If you are unsure about the summer schedule call first!

To download a color PDF copy of the June-July, 2019 Phoenix Community Center Pickleball Schedule, click HERE!

It is my understanding that a final decision about the Monday evening time slot for pickleball during June-July at PVCC has not been firmed up yet. There was not a strong interest in league play so we wait to find out it there will be other pickleball opportunities.

Remember that the Community Centers are Closed for Memorial Day!

 

A Sports Legacy Including Pickleball

********** for North Phoenix **********


Legacy Sports Arena Opening Sign

We know you like pickleball or you most likely would not be reading this newsletter, but there is more than that in store for other sports fans as well. If you have any interest in basketball, hockey, dodgeball, soccer, lacrosse, pickleball, ice skating and associated tournaments, then I think you will want to read the following story:

A Sports Legacy for North Phoenix

Thanks to Barb Patterson, President – Anthem AZ Pickleball Club, for providing a contact for the Legacy Sports Center.

 

Family Life Center (FLC)
********** Summer Pickleball Schedule **********

The FLC will continue to be open for pickleball on Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am – 1:00pm, 6 courts and Sunday 1:30pm – 4:00pm 3 courts.

(5757 North Central Avenue Phoenix AZ 85012)

The FLC will be closed on the 4th of July, Aug 6th and Aug 8th.

 

********** Which Paddles Won the Medals **********

If you want to see Which Paddles the Pros Used at the 2019 US Open, click the link. There are pictures of the winners and paddles as well as descriptions at the linked PickleballCentral web page.

NOTE – These top notch players could probably win with nearly any quality paddle. It is still interesting to note, however, if one of the paddles is one that you use and/or is made by the company that produces your paddle. Also keep in mind that some of the players have manufacturer sponsorships!

 

********** Video – Diagnosing an “Amazing” Point **********

Watch this well-played point by Sarah Ansboury, Tyson McGuffin, Suzee Anderson and Tyler Loong as Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports discusses the tactics and skills:

BTW – Sarah Ansboury has an interesting take on the concept of “No Man’s Land” which she suggests is a carry-over from tennis. Sarah explains why the concept is not precise for pickleball and how it compares to the “transition zone” of pickleball. Sarah is not the only player to note this difference.

If you are interested, you can check it out here:

No Man’s Land…Not in Pickleball

 


2019 Minto US Open

********** Pickleball Championships Winners **********

My bad! – I didn’t realize that the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships (which was so “widely” covered among the YouTube and Pickleball Magazine crowd) was NOT a USAPA sanctioned tournament. Apparently they did not have all the technical requirements to earn such a distinction.

Nevertheless, it is/was of much interest to pickleballers across the world because of the quality of play and the broad spectrum of top notch players who participated. If you are interested, you can find an inclusive list of all of the winners in the various categories at this link.

2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships Winners

For those who would like to engage in a bit of PB fantasy, check out who won in a category you would most likely enter. You never know…this may be your competition some day! [smile!]

 

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!

Regards,

Jeff Ross


Pickleball News – 20190501 – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20190501 – Archived Version

 
Hello Phoenix Area Players:

 
Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Here is the latest N. Phoenix Area Pickleball News

 

2019 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
********** Videos via Pickleball Channel **********

This is an exciting time in the world of pickleball. The 2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships are currently underway. Last year there were YouTube Videos of some of the top matches and for those players who might be interested, the Pickleball Channel has begun to place some of the 2019 videos from key matches online. You can see the video du jour HERE. [ At the web page, click on the graphic to see the video ] The video changes day-by-day and perhaps more often.

See the other scheduled matches under the graphic.

I am just passing along this information to members of our email list as a service to our PB community. I am not directly associated with the Pickleball Channel or any entity involved.

 

********** A Fun Thing! **********

In addition, the publisher of Pickleball Magazine (digital edition free with USAPA membership) has sent a “catalogue” of many current pickleball paddles, balls, bags and various other accessories. It is fun to review to see what is available similar to the legendary, but now defunct, Sears Catalog.

There are also two articles in the magazine which might be of interest. One is “Choosing the Right Paddle” (pp.11-13); a question I am asked many times.

When you think about it, a very important component of each and every pickleball game is the ball itself, however I think that most of us tend to take it for granted. You might be interested to read about “The Evolution Of the Ball and How It’s Going to Impact Your Game” (pp.49-51). I think you will find it enlightening and perhaps we will all look a little bit longer at those holes the next time we pick up a ball to serve.

Click HERE for the catalogue.

 

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 
I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



A Sports Legacy for North Phoenix


Legacy Sports Arena Opening Sign

New ground has recently been broken in North Phoenix, both figuratively and literally. Just a short distance from the intersection of I-17 and Route 303, construction of the Legacy Sports Arena has begun as part of the Gateway Community.


Legacy groundbreaking ceremony

Cave Creek resident Robert Eaton and his team are working hard to complete an ambitious and profoundly different sports facility with an anticipated opening scheduled for the Fall of 2020. The plans call for two NHL-sized hockey rinks with the latest LED technology employed via glass flooring that can provide lighted boundary lines for basketball courts, dodgeball, soccer, lacrosse and for the fastest growing sport in the United States and Canada…a dozen pickleball courts!


Construction starting at the Legacy Sports Complex

As Rob pointed out during the groundbreaking ceremony, the name Legacy is a tribute to families and family traditions. The name also acknowledges the contributions of active and veteran military members and first-responders and the playing surfaces will be named to honor them.


Rob Eaton detailing the Sports Arena at the groundbreaking

The design was developed to bring the best experiences to both players and sports fans via open space viewing throughout the facility. The arena will incorporate some of the latest developments in green energy with both passive and active low-energy designs part of which will include rooftop solar panels generating electricity year round.

The Legacy Sports Arena portends to be one of the nicest sports facilities in the area and perhaps nation-wide with a restaurant, gymnasium, concession venue, artificial ice rink and other sports resources upstairs.


Drawing of the Legacy Sports Complex

The Legacy sports building would be innovative as a stand alone project, but Rob Eaton and the designers had more than that in mind when they created a vision for a destination facility. Hoping to attract tournament play, conventions, family vacationers and special events, in addition to the 170,000+ square foot sports arena, there will also be a hotel conceived specifically for players and spectators.


Drawing of the Legacy Hotel and Sports Arena

The lodging will incorporate larger team rooms and special amenities via available suites for team members as well as rooms for sports oriented families and guests.

Everyone who enjoys watching or playing sports should be excited about the future of the Legacy Sports Project. Congratulations to everyone involved for creating such a strong vision that will provide wonderful opportunities for the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Best wishes for much success!

 


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