LOCAL PICKLEBALL GUIDE – “Pickleburg”, Virginia

Pickleburg parade

OK, so, now that I have your attention, there is an official “Pickleburg” in Virginia – online! Go ahead, google it!  It’s the online home of pickleball in Williamsburg, Virginia!


If you are in the Pickleburg “neighborhood”, these are some of the places you can go to play pickleball:

James City County Recreation Center – Mon-Fri 7am-11am
Mid County Park, James City County – Tu/Thur/Sat 8am-11am
Colonial Heritage – Mon-Fri 8am to Noon, Weds, 7:30 PM and Sun 8am

If you are in the Newport News neighborhood, you can play at the following locations:
  • Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 9-12, Tuesdays and Fridays, 570 McLawhorne Drive
  • Denbigh Community Center, Thursdays 1-5, Fridays 1-4, 15198 Warwick Boulevard
If you are at Virginia Beach,  outdoor courts available for friendly competition:
  • Bayville Farms Park 4132 First Court Road
  • Lynnhaven Park 1246 Bayne Drive
  • Woodstock Park 5709 Providence Road
 Indoor courts available at the following Recreation Centers in Virginia Beach (Check in advance):
  • Princess Anne Recreation Center
  • Bayside Recreation Center
  • Great Neck Recreation Center
  • Kempsville Recreation Center
  • Williams Farm Recreation Center
  • Bow Creek Recreation Center

According to the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA), Ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent.  The USAPA Ambassadors in the Williamsburg-Pickleburg area are:
Jeff Anthony,  Williamsburg-James City – 757-593-7354pickleburg_hat
Mike Roberts, aka “Pickleball Mike”, Henrico-GLoucester Counties – 804-641-6816
Maryann Schwab, Williamsburg, 757-603-6730


If you are looking for information about installing or re-surfacing a sport court for pickleball, you will find Sport Court of Virginia – 103 Holly Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185, 888-345-1309, to be a good resource.

Pickleball Court

There are a few Tournaments in Virginia.  Check them out:

Williamsburg Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament
USAPA Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament
Henrico Spring Pickleball Tournament
Hanover Spring Senior Tournament
Battle of the Paddle
Pickleball Tournament at the Center of the Universe


7/29/15 – The Williamsburg-James City County School Board unanimously approved a contract to replace (not resurface) the 6 tennis courts at Jamestown High School. This project will also include the addition of pickleball lines (black) for all 6 courts as well.  Work on the complete replacement of the tennis courts will begin soon and is projected to be completed by early October. Details on use policy/hours will be posted here as soon as available.


Links to YouTube Videos

Virginia Pickleball Tournament Rene vs Simon

Meet the Pros – Brian Ashworth

10336587_10152332520072239_3855117109542892551_nBrian Ashworth has been on our radar for several months to interview for our “Meet the Pros” series, but it wasn’t until he started working for PickleballCentral that he finally responded with his answers! As a Montana native and a recent Seattle transplant, we’re lucky to have such a high-level player working for our company (and making the rest of the employees play better!).

Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?

  • Pickleball Canada National Western Tournament Men’s Doubles Silver 2015
  • Grand Canyon State Games Men’s 19+ Silver 2015
  • Grand Canyon State Games Mixed 19+ Gold 2015
  • Melba Bishop Men’s 19+ Bronze 2015
  • Melba Bishop Mixed 19+ Gold 2015
  • Pacific Northwest Classic Men’s 19+ Bronze 2015
  • Grand Canyon State Games Men’s 19+ Silver 2014
  • Grand Canyon State Games Mixed 19+ Gold 2014
  • Melba Bishop Men’s 19+ Gold 2014
  • Pacific Northwest Classic Men’s 19+ Gold 2014
  • Melba Bishop Men’s 19+ Bronze 2013

What paddlPB122-3Te do you play with and why?

  • I play with the Legacy. I like the feel and have my confidence in it.

What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?

  • At the YMCA in Billings, Montana after doing a bootcamp class, my friend Jasey invited me to try it. It was love at first sight.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

  • I like playing outdoor more for sure. I have a better feel for the ball, plus there’s fresh air and sunshine.

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

  • I like doubles more. I like the mental aspect, like setting up your partner and vice versa. My favorite players to play against are Chris Miller, Scott Moore, Wes Gabrielsen and Tim Nelson.


What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

  • So far, I love to play anywhere in Utah although I hear Bend, Oregon is beautiful.

What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?

  • Have fun, be confident, find good partners and practice safe shots. You should also learn from your losses and ref some matches.

What’s your day job?

  • I work in the warehouse at PickleballCentral.


How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?

  • I play 6 to 10 hours per week. I basically play whenever I’m not at work, so nights and weekends.

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

  • No, I don’t have any.

Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?

  • I want to win a medal at the USAPA National Tournament or at the Tournament of Champions.

Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?

  • It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it. :)

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Thanks, Brian!


Local Pickleball Guide – Casa Grande, Arizona


Palm Creek Pickleball Courts

USAPA Nationals will be held in Casa Grande this year.  Both the Robson Ranch and the Palm Creek venues are situated approximately 10 minutes apart in the Case Grande area.  Although two venues will be used, there will be no split venue days. All Age events will be played at Robson Ranch while all clinics and Open events will be at Palm Creek.  It will be fantastic to be in Casa Grande this year!

There are 8 Places to Play listed onthe USAPA website:

Casa Grande RV Resort
Mission Royale
Palm Creek Golf and RV
Sunscape RV Resort
Val Vista RV Park
Sundance1 RV Resort
Len Colla Recreation Center

Dave White ParkMission Royale Pickleball Courts

Pickleball is fun, but there are folks who are always looking for ways to have MORE fun.  The Palm Creek Pickleball Club entered a float in the Casa Grande Light Parade.  The theme was 4 elves playing pickleball, while Mrs. Santa looked on from the fireplace.


Casa Grande Pickleball Ambassadors are doing a great job of promoting the game of pickleball.
Casa Grande — Tony Calandrillo 520-876-5394 Casa Grande AZ
Casa Grande – Palm Creek Resort — Rosemary Reese 520-876-7310 Casa Grande AZ

If you are looking for pickleball instructors in the Casa Grande area, Alan Christensen gives lessons at Palm Creek.

If you are looking to install your own court, there are 4 court construction companies in the Casa Grande area:
Southwest Sport Surfaces, Inc
CCT Custom Courts
Sport Court of Arizona
Sunland Sports

Robson ranch logoThree Tournaments are held in the Casa Grande area throughout the year:
Mission Royale 50+ Tournament – January 27-30, 2016
Palm Creek ‘Duel in the Desert’ Pickleball Tournament – March 3-6, 2016
Robson Ranch 4th Annual Tournament – March 16-19, 2016

Check out the news about pickleball in Casa Grande:

A Whole New Ball Game
Casa Grande Photo: Pickleball Courts

The best of the BEST 5.0 Ranked Players in the Casa Grande area are:
Randy Bourne
Lenny Chimino
Leroy Schmidt
Theresa Orcutt

Here’s an interesting link that Palm Creek posted on Youtube about refereeing.  Enjoy!
Pickleball Refereeing Palm Creek Style


International Pickleball in My Backyard

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Pickleball is known as a sport that is fun, values social interaction and has something everyone can enjoy. Father’s Day brought this point home for me once again.  My neighborhood had a get together that ended with Dad’s playing pickleball as our children looked on. As we were about to begin, three strangers walked by and started watching what we were doing. As we said hello, we noticed they spoke in broken English but could tell they were fascinated. We told them if they wanted to watch us play a game then they could try it.  As we played, they watched intently and the cameras came out.

After we enjoyed a spirited game, it was their turn.  They took the paddles graciously from us and hit the court.  The three novices were joined by one of us, an intermediate player.  The strangers were Boeing customers in Seattle on business for Air China. We used body language and demonstration to show the basics of the game.  The man who spoke the best English was an enthusiastic interpreter.  After 15 minutes of knocking the ball around, a full game was played! Their interactions were priceless as they encouraged and cajoled each other.

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Our Father’s Day had a perfect ending. Our children were able to witness their fathers welcoming strangers into a game that truly is for everyone. The international language of fun was spoken by all.

by John Cowley, Pickleball Central Dealer Program Manager

Local Pickleball Guide – Big Sky Country, Montana


Kalispell Pickleball

Montana is a huge state with ample space for pickleball courts! Slowly but surely, the fastest growing sport in America is catching fire in one of the largest states in the US. These outdoorsy people love to live life to the fullest, and pickleball is a great family-friendly sport to get the whole family outdoors.

These USAPA Ambassadors are set on growing the sport to the fullest, and are always happy to help

  • Tom Draney   602-920-9881   Bigfork, Montana
  • Kim Dunlap   406-799-3876   Great Falls, Montana
  • Judy Feland   406-458-4830   Helena, Montana
  • Sue Olsen   406-579-8957   Bozeman, Montana
  • Barry Silverman   406-599-2569   Big Sky, Montana
  • Zoey Silverman   406-579-3055   Big Sky, Montana
  • Shonda Schallenberger   406-360-1423   Billings, Montana
  • Larry Seekins   406-248-4567   Billings, Montana

If you are interested in building your own court, check out Full Court Athletics who does court construction in Big Sky Country.


Montana Athletic Club

Interestingly enough, Montana has quite a few 5.0 ranked players for a state with the third smallest population density.

  • Vance Christiansen
  • Jasey Leavitt
  • Mike Nys
  • Susan Schneider
  • Rachel Warren
  • Rebecca Warren

There are countless players in this beautiful state, and the number of pickleball courts keeps growing rapidly. There’s quite a few places to play in Big Sky Country!

  • Big Sky Tennis/Pickleball Courts (Little Coyote, Montana)
  • Montana Athletic Club (Bigfork, Montana)
  • Billings YMCA (Billings, Montana)
  • Lillis Park (Billings, Montana)
  • North Park (Billings, Montana)
  • Hope Lutheran Church (Bozeman, Montana)
  • Southside Tennis Courts (Bozeman, Montana)
  • Whitter School Tennis Courts (Butte, Montana)
  • First Church of Nazarene (Great Falls, Montana)
  • Peak Health & Wellness (Great Falls, Montana)
  • Barney Park (Helena, Montana)
  • Helena Family YMCA (Helena, Montana)
  • Flathead County Fairgrounds – Expo Building (Kalispell, Montana)
  • Livingston Civic Center (Livingston, Montana)
  • Fort Missoula Regional Park (Missoula, Montana)
  • Eagle Nest RV Resort (Polson, Montana)


Billings, Montana

There are also a couple of recognized pickleball clubs, but there are always more groups of people playing together!

For your viewing pleasure, here are several articles related to pickleball in Big Sky Country.

Pickleball Sunday in Great Falls

Pickle on, Montana!


First State Pic 17A hard-working bunch of dedicated pickleball players raised the money to refurbish old tennis courts into new courts dedicated to pickleball. It took a total of 347 hours and $7151 to complete the project. Below is a photo journal of the transformation from tennis to pickleball courts. This is definitely a great example of TEAMWORK!  Enjoy!

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Tennis Courts – Before Picture


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Cracks that needed to be filled with asphalt and sealer

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Volunteer powered power-washing

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Pressure washing the grime off the surface before starting the painting process











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Let the Painting BEGIN!

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First coat of blue, then tan paint with paint rollers

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Second coat of paint

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Aligning all courts to make sure all lines are straight

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Double tape machine used for painting accurate straight white lines

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Jack-hammering 2-foot holes through two thick layers of asphalt

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Post hole diggers cleaning out the holes for the net post sleeves

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Installation of posts and pickleball nets



Dedication Day!

The new pickleball courts were dedicated June 13, 2015, behind John M Clayton Elementary in Frankford, Delaware.  These courts are open from sun up to sun down. On June 28th, they hosted Coach Mo and Matty Pickleball Clinics.


Coach Mo


This is how pickleball courts are built, by the strong will and determination of players that love the game! Congratulations!

ALSO, CHECK THIS OUT: The First State Pickleball Club will host “Rock ’n’ Roll” Pickleball at the brand new pickleball courts at John M. Clayton Elementary School near Frankford on Saturday, July 18.  Pickleballers are being encouraged to dress up in their best duds from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s for a chance to win prizes while they head out to the courts to enjoy music from the same eras. Snacks will be provided, and a club meeting will be held before the festivities, starting at 5 p.m.  The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 19.

Local Pickleball Guide – Raleigh, North Carolina

Pickleball is unarguably one of the most popular sports in the South Atlantic region. We send orders to North Carolina more often than nearly any other state (topped by only Florida, California, Arizona, Washington and Michigan). If you happen to live near the Raleigh area, here’s a quick glimpse into pickleball in your area.

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Local USAPA Ambassadors:

  • Cary   Michael Walsh   919-460-1650   Cary, North Carolina
  • Cary   Luis Vazquuz   919-561-8732   Cary, North Carolina
  • Chapel Hill   Jim Wilson   703-966-0327   Pittsboro, North Carolina
  • Durham   Mark Siewers   617-515-0166   Durham, North Carolina
  • Raleigh   Joe Borrelli   919-426-1110   Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Raleigh   Daphne Key   919-706-5639   Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Wake Forest   Sandy Brasseale   501-772-7439   Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Wake Forest   Joe Vartanesian   919-624-6795   Wake Forest, North Carolina

These kind-hearted folk are itching to promote the sport. Don’t hesitate to contact one (or more!) of them for any pickleball-related inquiries.

If you’re itching to play, check out these North Carolina-located pickleball clubs. If you want even more information, the North Carolina State Pickleball website and the Atlantic South Region website are both awesome resources for those in the area.

 11146464_1050799861602216_5247039491514842472_oMethod Road Park in Raleigh, NC

Here’s a brief list of places to play in Raleigh. Of course, this list is not exclusive and there are more courts popping up every day!

  • A.E. Finley YMCA
  • Briar Creek Community Center
  • Five Points Center for Active Adults
  • Hedingham Athletic Club
  • Lake Lynn Community Center
  • Method Road Community Center
  • Optimist Park Community Center
  • Amberly Residents Center (Cary, NC)
  • Bond Park Community Center (Cary, NC)
  • Harrison Grande (Cary, NC)
  • Herb Young Community Center (Cary, NC)
  • Weatherstone (Cary, NC)
  • White Oak Park (Cary, NC)
  • Walltown Recreation Center (Durham, NC)
  • Chapel Hill Community Center (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Ephesus Courts (Chapel Hill, NC)

BrierCreekCountryClubBriar Creek Community Center

For you locals who enjoy reading about pickleball news in your area, check out these links:

If videos are more your style, here’s a couple for your viewing pleasure:

Pickleball in the Triangle

Doubles Play – Pickleball at Lake Lynn Community Center

Keep it up, North Carolina… you’re an inspiration to us all!