Monday, October 27, 2008

Having Fun At the Labor Day Jamboree!

Rich Donald, Travis Weaver (a visitor to MeadowPointe) Steve Long, Mary Jones and Don Bass, chat between games and check out the competition.

Louann Dubendorf and the Kings Point Pickleball League hosted the Second Annual Labor Day Pickleball Jamboree in Sun City Center, Florida on Saturday September 6th. It was hurricane season in Florida, so participants watched closely for days as Hanna’s path threatened their event, but the weather cooperated and gave the players a beautiful pickleball day!

This annual event brings pickleball players of all levels together for a day of social mix and mingles play. Upon arrival at the event, all players received their name tags, a goodie bag with pen and scorecards to track their games, along with snacks and bottled water…AND a helpful hint from Professor Pick L. Ball to remember to “Keep Your Eye On The Ball”!

Don Bass plays in Men's Doubles. Mary and Steve play Mixed Doubles.

Everyone gathered at the event schedule posted at the courts to see what time they played and who they would be challenging. The name tags were a great idea in helping to locate your opponents. We had a great time meeting new players from Kings Point, from Englewood, Florida, and from Tanglewood, in Sebring, Florida. The whistle blew at 8:00 AM sharp to kick off the first mixed doubles partner challenge. A total of 53 players registered for the event, and teams rotated on and off the court every fifteen minutes until early afternoon to complete 57 scheduled games. Leaving the court, each team was responsible for posting their total game points, so highest point winners could be determined. We didn't win any High Scoring Ribbons, but we had fun!

Between games, participants found lunch available either poolside or at the Club House, visited or lunched with new found pickleball players, or checked out the new merchandise soon to be offered on Louann Dubendorf’s new website. She has designed some great new pickleball t-shirts, and had her Pickleball Bug T-shirt available at the event. Steve was "Bitten by the Pickleball Bug" and took home his new T-shirt!

You can visit her site and check in with Professor Pick L. Ball for your pickleball tips at . More information on the Kings Point League and their events is available at

To to see more pictures of the Labor Day Jamboree click on Labor Day Jamboree 2008 in the PHOTO GALLERY

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