Saturday, June 27, 2009
I have placed a link to the "Preview" that is on YouTube here on our site. Go to the right side of the screen and scroll down - You'll see "Pickleball Clinics DVD Preview" - Click on the picture and the video will begin.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here is a link to an article that was posted on the Kings Point Pickleball League's website. Thank you Louann for you kind words.
Kings Pointe Pickleball Clinic
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
And here are the ladies. Another very good game. This is Joanie and Mary (far side) against Marilynn and Renee.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
After the clinic, Louann gave both Rich and I a "Pickleball Bug" T-shirt. Louann has a couple of T-shirts on her website http://www.thepickleballbug.com/ that we really like and this is one of them.
The clinic went very well, we had a great time and we got to play a few games before it got too hot!! One of these days we should do a pickleball challege!! Our group against Kings Point!!
Here's a link to more pictures Kings Point Pickleball Clinic
Friday, June 19, 2009
Here's Don and Brad........Looks to me like their questioning a line call?
Steve and Don enjoying a good match.......Great shot Don!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Men's pickleball winners:The top four winners were: (left to right) Pat Zwolenski, Jeff Zwolenski, Chris Atkinson and Brad Finch Special to the Laker.
Meadow Pointe II hosted inaugural round-robin tourney
By Donna Donald
Special to The Laker
WESLEY CHAPEL — They came from neighboring Wesley Chapel and New Tampa, as well as Tampa, Lutz and even New Port Richey for the inaugural round-robin pickleball tournament last month at Meadow Pointe II.
Meadow Pointe II residents Richard and Donna Donald, who also are members of the United States Pickleball Association, organized the tourney. Richard has medaled in pickleball events throughout the state while Donna manages the USAPA’s Atlantic South Region website.
Pickleball is played on a tennis court with players near the net, similar to badminton. The net is 34 inches at the center with wooden or composite-type paddles used to hit a perforated whiffle-type ball.
Numerous families participated in the tourney with players ranging from teens to men and women in their 60s. Each player took part in at least four games before winners advanced to playoff rounds.
The men’s champion was Chris Atkinson of Meadow Pointe I. Rounding out the top four were: runner-up Brad Finch of Meadow Pointe II; Jeff Zwolenski, a Florida State senior who took third; and Pat Zwolenski of Lutz.
In the women’s division, Suzi Zwolenski of Lutz took the title. The next three finishers included: runner-up Donna Donald; Temple Terrace’s Mary Jones, who placed third; and Meadow Pointe II resident Marilynn Howell.Even more impressive about Jones's finish is that she completed a 40-mile bike ride the morning before the tourney.
Pickleball is played at the Meadow Pointe I and II courts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more local information about the sport, visit ww.meadowpointepickleball.blogspot.com
Woman's pickleball winners: The top four winners included: (left to right) Suzi Zwolenski, Donna Donald, May Jones and Marilyn Howell Special to the Laker
Friday, June 5, 2009
Rob is a Native Floridian, (Yes Another One!!!!) currently residing in Tampa. He is an Alumni of the University of South Florida, married to Betty Anne and the father of one. (We know that Betty Anne has been on the courts before – we hope she comes back!)
Before meeting the group on the Meadow Pointe Pickleball courts Rob has his day job. He reads and scores Standardized Tests. He has also been a disaster Assistance Employee with FEMA for the last five years (2004), but wants all our readers to know that he was NOT involved with Katrina!!!
When not playing pickleball, Rob enjoys reading, golf, tennis, sailing and motorsports, especially vintage auto racing. If not for the high cost of racing, he would probably still be actively involved in enjoying that sport today.
Meadow Point Pickler Steve Long introduced Rob to the game. That was back in 2008, but he finally got him on the court this year. Not only is pickleball a great sport Rob says, "On the court I only focus on the game, I don’t think about work or the economy. Pickleball is a panacea for my mind.”
To Steve Long he says “Thanks Big Guy.”
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Think of it as life-sized Pingpong.
Pickleball. A sport that's been around more than 40 years now has a local following, helped by the Meadow Pointe Pickleball group that meets at the courts in the subdivision Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30.
We were a little dissapointed with the results of this article. Because of rain, we waited for weeks for a photographer to come and take pictures, and they never even showed the game being played! Unfortunatley some of the inforamtion on USAPA, tournaments and the game was not exactly accurate. But, Click the link to read the complete article as it appears on tampabay.com and in print in the St. Pete Times.
Pickleball - Likened to Life-size Pingpong
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
One of the final games of the night........and a good one as Chris and Don take on Rich and Mary, playing their new strategy where Rich plays the net and Mary covers the back. Mary can run the full court in about a half second........
On Wednesday the Zwolenski's leave Florida for Bellingham, Washington where they reside from June through September. If you all remember, last year they took pickleball back to Washinton with them and got a great group started. Hope the've been practicing!! Have a great time with your family and friends this summer, and send us lots of pictures!!
Monday, June 1, 2009
The Official Rules which are maintained by the USAPA can be found at http://usapa.org/officialrules/
Don Ritter, SE Michigan Referee Corps Manager, has developed a quiz that is sure to test your knowledge of the Rules. Bob Northrop, Ambassador for Kalamazoo, has placed Don’s quiz online. So now you can try this fun quiz on the Kalamazoo Pickleball website (http://www.where2pickle.org/) by clicking on Try this fun quiz.
Thank you Don and thank you Bob for this outstanding example of creativity and collaboration.