Friday, March 27, 2009

Donna to perform The Pickleball Crawl

Hi Guys,

Tomorrow night, March 25th, is the Variety Show here in Tanglewood. We understand that it is done every year before the snowbirds and RV'ers head north. As you know, pickleball is really really big in this park. One of the gentlemen who plays pickleball, Patrick Hotchkiss, rewrote the words of the popular "Watermellon Crawl". It is now The "Pickleball Crawl". I was asked to choreograph a dance, complete with pickleball paddles to go with the song. There are six of us pickleball players performing the dance on stage tomorrow night!!!
They tell me that a video will be made and put out on UTube. Oh My !!!!!!

Anyway here is a link to the Tanglewood Blog, and a funny article that our friend Wayne Roswell wrote, along with all the words to the Pickleball Crawl!!

Monday, March 23, 2009


This is the newest pickleball paddle on the market

NEW Apike Paddle from Canada - Carbon graphite and high elastic foam plastic hybrid material. Made in China. A paddle that does not produce so much noise. 15.157" long X 8.465' wide and .47" thick. Paddle weight approx. 7.2 - 7.6 oz. All paddles have pictured design on one side. Reverse side is either yellow background or hot pink background with soaring eagle graphic..

The following is taken from the Atlantic South Regions Blog:
All Pickleball players in the Atlantic South Region should be aware that there are safety concerns with the new Apike paddle. There have been reports of injuries as a result of the use of this paddle. The USAPA has been contacted by several players as a result.This site is not making comments pro or con but all players should check the posting on the USAPA website at the following address This is the only statement being made at this time by the USAPA on the paddle.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


As temporary RV residents in the Outback at Tanglewood, Rich represented Tanglewood, with his partner Al Goldberg in the Heartland Senior Games on March 6th and 7th

On Friday he and Al beat out recent Gold Medal Winners in the Michigan Senior Olympics 60-64 age bracket. What a match. He and his partner Linda Kramer also took the Gold Medal in the Mixed Doubles on Saturday.

The following picture is from the Highlands Today Sports Section of the Tampa Tribune here in Sebring. The article was written by Brian Gjurgevich. The only mistake is that, as you can see, Rich is the player on the Right! CLICK ON THE FULL STORY LINK BELOW TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Rich Donald (left) returns a shot while teammate Al Goldberg looks on Friday during Tanglewood Pickleball Club's Heartland Senior Games Pickleball event in Sebring.

Tanglewood Pickles Competition

The Tanglewood Pickleball Club signed up its 100th member last week, an impressive figure considering its enrollment less than two years ago.

Full Story

There is also a very good article (written by yours truly) out on the USAPA Atlantic South Website about this First Ever USAPA Sanctioned Tournament in Florida. There is also a link to several pictures of the tournamen. The link to Mark Jones pictures are really excellent. He's a great photographer. SANCTIONED PICKLEBALL AND MT OLIVE PICKLES


Meet the Pagliaro's -Clubs newest tournament winners


Rich and Dee are originally from Hempstead, New York. Pickleball is a family affair for the Pagliaro’s. They have one daughter, Tara, who is also a regular MeadowPointe pickleball player. I think they used to draw pickleball lines on their driveway or street............and that's where they taught Tara!!! Rich was previously employed as a State Trooper, but both he and Dee are now retired. When they are at home they play with the group on a regular basis. (They gave up playing in the streets!) But Rich and Dee are also avid RV’ers and enjoy their time on the road. When not traveling in their motor home, or playing pickleball, Rich enjoys golfing, bowling, shooting and softball.

They were introduced to pickleball while RV ing at the Peace River Thousand Trails/NACO park in Wauchula, Florida. They met up with Rich and Donna Donald at another Thousand Trails park and found out they were almost neighbors. They loved the game of pickleball, and only played while they were RVing, until they found the MeadowPoint crew!! Now they are regulars.

Like everyone who plays the sport, they love the exercise!! What's that saying about the family who plays together, exercises together etc.......?? Here's a picture of Rich with daughter Tara after a game on the Meadow Pointe courts.

More Recent News........

I was reading an e-mail sent to the group this past week and Pat Zwolenski was really ribbing Rich and Dee about not joining the group for Pizza after Friday's play. Of course, that was just Pat's way of picking on the newest tournaments winners in our club. I asked Dee what the e-mail was all about and she said "We played a tournament in Torrey Oaks,...........So now they tease us. I e-mailed him back and told him he made me laugh, and he emailed me back and said if you went to pizza you would not be getting these lashing e-mails. He is so funny, we really like all of the people over at MP, they are a great bunch."

As avid RV'ers, they frequently stay at the Thousand Trails Parks in Clermont, Fl and in Wauchulla, Fl. Pickleball is quickly becoming the sport of choice at many Florida RV parks, and so the inter-park competition has begun. While recently staying at the Peace River park in Wauchula Rich and Dee along with fellow Peace River Picklers participated in an inter-park tournament at the Torrey Oaks RV Resort just a few miles up the road in Bowling Green. Rich and his partner Dennis Johnson tied for second place, and Dee with her partner Barb Johnson brought home the Gold........


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Welcome Back Steve

Steve one of our Meadow Pointe players is a dedicated player. He recently had surgery and came back after a week and a half to play two games of pickleball. I call that dedication or a little crazy. I am glad to see Steve doing so well and hope RuthAnn is having a speedy recovery as well.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Hey Meadow Pointe Players................ A message from MP Pickler, Bob Koryus

It is that time of year again. Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 8.

Don't forget to move your clocks forward 1 hour for those planning to play Monday, March 9. It always seems early on the first day, but we will enjoy those evening daylight hours playing our favorite sport "Pickleball"...

For you older players, don't forget to set your clocks... (Written in larger Print for Older Folks) .