Pickleball News – 20191206 – Archived Version

Pickleball News – 20191206– 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This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter.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!

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


I hope to see you on the courts!


Jeff Ross

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Pickleball – Gold Medal Match: Open Womens Doubles – 2015 So Cal Summer Classic

I enjoy watching the best players in the nation play Pickleball because I see that they have the same issues we all have. I am not implying that we are all as good as they are, but they make the same kinds of errors we make. The difference is usually the quality of the play. I am an average player and I generally play somewhere in that range so when a shot comes my way, it isn’t always a sophisticated hit, but the problems are the same as those faced by the better players.

If you watch the championship video below, you will note that a good many points are not necessarily won by the team earning that point/fault, but by the other team losing it. In other words, in many cases a player fails to return or mishits a very playable ball and yields that point.

The second set of the match appears to be a runaway, but Heidi Hancock & Tonja Major mount a major comeback.

From the YouTube Video Website:

“Published on Jul 17, 2015

Are you ready to watch four amazing pickleball players at their best? Don’t miss this gold medal match from the So Cal Summer Classic in Oceanside, CA. Pickleball Channel was fortunate enough to get courtside, and we are proud to feature this match in its entirety. Watch Heidi Hancock & Tonja Major battle against Alex Hamner & Jennifer Lucore for gold in the Open Womens Doubles. We love featuring gold medal matches so our subscribers can witness the athleticism and speed required to play for gold!”