Local Pickleball Guide – Topeka, Kansas

Local Pickleball Guide – Topeka, Kansas

Close your eyes and think of “Kansas.” Are you picturing rolling fields of hay, the broadest sky with trillions of stars, or tractors parked for the night? Let me put a new image in your head – pickleball courts!

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USAPA Ambassadors – Kansas

While it may still be catching on in Kansas, rest assured that the local USAPA Ambassadors are working hard to continue the sport’s growth and progression. Feel free to call up any of these kindhearted pickleball players to offer suggestions, ask questions or just chat!

  • Eldonna Coats   (785) 221-9932   Topeka, Kansas
  • Nancy Dutton   (785) 272-4507   Topeka, Kansas
  • Evan Jorn   (785) 875-8961   Lawrence, Kansas
  • Richard Walker   (785) 272-6115   Topeka, Kansas

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Pickleball Courts Around Kansas

If you feel like being part of a group, check out Topeka Pickleball! This website is focused on those players living in Topeka (or nearby). The City of Lawrence Recreation Department also has a nice wealth of information about playing pickleball at their facilities and league, as does the City of Topeka’s Recreation Department.

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Kansas

However, if you’re feeling a bit more selfish, who wants to share a court? Build your own! Both of these companies are ready and willing to create your own personal pickleball sanctuary.

5.0 Ranked Players Around Kansas

If you happen to be at a National Tournament, keep your eyes peeled for this 5.0 Ranked Player hailing from the state of Kansas.

  • Andy Gensch

Andy Gensch

Andy Gensch is on the far left!

Kansas Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

The Great Plains Region has a website solely devoted to news, updates and happening in Kansas and the surrounding areas.

For even more coverage of pickleball in Kansas, catch up on these reads and videos:

Pickleball tournament in Topeka, KS via KSNT:
Click to watch the pickleball tournament!

Pickleball at the Downtown Wichita Senior Center

PickleballCentral “All Heart” Award: Central’s Angels

I love pickleball decal

Have a Heart?  You bet!  The pickleball club Central’s Angels definitely has a heart for those who are in need.  We found out about their service work to the community when they ordered their club t-shirts from PickleballCentral. I spoke with Lee Bergen, and this is what Lee had to say about Central’s Angels:

The pickleball players of Central United Methodist Church are typical players , with one exception:  we play for a cause, and in a very small way we are helping to fight hunger in Atlantic City. We play three mornings a week in the Central Methodist Church Recreation Hall in Linwood, New Jersey.  We all enjoy the game and each other’s company.  Since we only have one court, we spend as much time talking as we do playing.  We are fortunate, as seniors, to be happy, healthy and still in the game.

Last year we felt a little guilty about having so much fun, when less then 10 miles away in Atlantic City there were so many hungry and homeless people.  About that same time our church took on the responsibility of making 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every month for Sister Jean’s Kitchen, which provides lunch for the homeless and poor on weekdays in Atlantic City.  The kitchen is closed on weekends, so the sandwiches help folks out until the next Monday rolls around.  We jumped on the chance to be involved.

Pickleball Angels and the peanut butter collection jar

Pickleball Angels and the peanut butter collection jar

We began donating when we play, putting the money in a peanut butter jar we kept handy.  Throwing in a buck or two regularly is a small price to pay for the enjoyment we get out of the game.  Then we show up every month to help make and bag the sandwiches. When one of the members of the congregation called us pickleball angels, we adopted the name.  We then had t-shirts made to show off our new name.

Here comes the jelly!

Here comes the jelly!


Filling Sandwich bags Centrals angels

Central’s Angels filling sandwich bags

It's OK to be in THIS KITCHEN!

It’s OK to be in THIS KITCHEN!

 In May we completed our first year with a total of $1037.00 donated to the cause.  We are in our second year and have made over 5000 sandwiches.   Central’s Angels also does service in the church like changing  light bulbs, setting up tables and waxing floors.  

Central's Angels Pickleball Club

Central’s Angels Pickleball Club

Pickleball is not only good for the body. but with a cause it’s good for the soul as well.  There are hundreds probably thousands of groups like ours playing throughout this country. Think of all the good that could be accomplished if we all found a cause to play for and support.  I would love to hear from you if any of you like this idea and put it into practice.  Lee Bergen

Thank you, Lee, for being willing to share your story with our readers!

Local Pickleball Guide – Tucson, Arizona

Local Pickleball Guide – Tucson, Arizona

Voyager RV Resort Pickleball Tucson

Pickleball at the Voyager RV Resort

Tucson, Arizona is  a gorgeous place to visit in the winter.  Surrounded by mountains, it is one of the prettiest valleys you’ll ever see.  And apparently, it is the location of another pickleball invasion.  There are 19 places to play in Tucson, Arizona as listed on the USAPA.org  website!

Catalina Mountains, near Tucson AZ

Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona

USAPA Ambassadors: Tucson

Would you volunteer to promote the game of pickleball in your community?  There are such folks in the Tucson area.  They are called Pickleball Ambassadors and they know everything about the game of pickleball and are committed to promoting the game of pickleball in their community.  Here’s a current list:

Tucson — T.J. Boothroyd  530-957-7761
Tucson — Tom Starrs  520-258-9380
Tucson SE — Dale Secord  503-804-8980
Tucson North Central — Michael Botwin  520-603-9657
Tucson SE — Priscilla Scott  847-738-7443

One More Game Pickleball Tucson

One more game of pickleball before the lights go out!

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Tucson

If you are in the Tucson area and are looking for a court construction company, check out:

Mid Pac Sport Surfaces Inc
10817 N Glen Abbey Drive
Tucson, AZ 85737 – View Map
Phone: (520) 575-8909
Sport Court of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona Pickleball Clubs

Pickleball Tucson

People who play pickleball in Tucson have formed associations or clubs to help organize their games:

Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club Pickleball
Saddlebrook Pickleball Association
Green Valley Pickleball Club
Voyager RV Resort

Pickleball Tournaments in Tucson

There are two tournaments in Tucson every year.  The Tucson Senior Olympic Festival and the
Annual Voyager Holiday Open Skill Level.

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Sandy Wood Reetz with Linda Heger in a tournament at the Voyager RV Resort in Tucson

Arizona Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

You can read more about pickleball in Tucson by clicking the link below:
Pickleball: Revived sports craze sweeping Arizona, nation

5.0 Ranked Players Around Arizona

Steve Knapp, Tucson, AZ
Vicki Foster, Chandler, AZ
Dee Rochel, Florence, AZ


Saddlebrook Ranch Pickleball players Participates in Voyageur Senior Olympics

PickleballCentral “All Heart” Award: Cascade Pickleball Club, Vancouver, Washington



I was looking at the USAPA.org website, Places to Play and came across this listing:

The Cascade library runs open gym pickleball on Sunday nights as a fundraiser for our library. Players of all levels are welcome!  We start at 6 PM and end by 9PM. The cost is $3. Check the calendar below to verify we are playing on the night you want.  We are occasionally closed for holidays. We have recently added an advanced night (4.0 and higher) on Mondays.  For questions,  text 360-936-9666. The school is located at 13900 NE 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98684.  When you are facing the school (north), the gym is around the back on the left (west). Walk around past the recycling area and you will see the entrance for the gym.  Come join us!

I had to find out more about their story.  So I got in touch with Michelle.  It’s definitely a story worthy of the PickleballCentral “All Heart” Award!  Enjoy!

Two years ago, Michelle and her husband Travis started playing pickleball.  They played at a local gym, but when the gym doubled the price of admission, they started looking around for an alternative place to play.  It just so happened that the principal at her school started playing pickleball, and was open to folks using the middle school gym on Sundays.  There were lots of folks who wanted to play, so Cascade Pickleball got organized.

Daniel Moore visits Columbia River Pickleball Club

                                             Daniel Moore visits Columbia River Pickleball Club

They are sponsored by the school parent network, for insurance purposes, and when Michelle can’t be there, she has back-up school staff to make sure the gym is open and secure for pickleball. Michelle is actively trying to recruit more teachers to sign up to play pickleball.  They recently added an advanced night, 4.0 and higher on Mondays.

They keep a calendar on the school library website for 3 different levels of play and they charge $3 a session.  All the fees collected go to purchasing books for the middle school library.  They have been playing together for almost a year and have raised $3.000 so far.  That’s a lot of pickleball. When the principal bought Ipads for the school, Cascade Pickleball Club bought the cases for the Ipads.

iPad cart

Ipad Cart

Sept 2014 Pickleball book Purchases

September 2014 Book Purchases

It is the easiest fund raiser ever because everyone would be playing anyway, and it is so much fun.






The Cascade Pickleball Club is having their first tournament the last weekend in January. You can sign up on pickleballtournaments.com!  This club rocks!

Cascade cougar tournament logo

LOCAL PICKLEBALL GUIDE – Essex County, Massachusetts


Playing pickleball

Pickleball Anyone?

Pickleball has not quite taken off in Boston, but you can be sure that it’s played in other towns in Essex County.  On the USAPA listing of Places to Play, pickleball is being played in Andover, Gloucester, Beverly, Hamilton and Salem.  Where are you, Boston Pickleball enthusiasts?  Let us all know where to play in Boston, and we’ll add it to this blog article.

USAPA Ambassadors – Essex County

USAPA Ambassadors are volunteers who promise to promote the sport of pickleball in their local area.  The main prerequisite to becoming an ambassador is a love of the sport and a desire to share the game with people of all ages.  Local USAPA Ambassadors in Massachusetts, including some outside the Essex Count area, are listed below:

Boston Metro North — Peter Sullivan  781-856-9508  Stoneham MA
Boston North — Sue Carnevale  978-836-9160  Beverly MA
Cotuit-Cape Cod — George Rice  508-428-3243  Cotuit MA
Lakeville-Middleboro — Bob Hall  603-568-8536  Lakeville MA
Medford — Camille Power  781-391-5152  Medford MA
Merrimack Valley — Billy Hartig  978-374-6652  Bradford MA
MetroWest — David Brower  508-922-7831  Marlborough MA
Worcester — Karl Bjork  508-612-5954  Worcester MA

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Essex County

If you are looking for information about installing or re-surfacing a sport court for pickleball, you will find the following companies to be good resources:

Boston Tennis Court
Sport Court of Massachusetts

Pickleball fist bump

Tournaments Near Essex County

A tournament calendar for every state can be found on the USAPA.org website. Check out these tournaments if you are looking for some friendly competition in your area:

YMCA Charity Pickleball Tournament
Joe Levine Mixed Doubles Tournament
Massachusetts Senior Games

Essex County Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

Pickleball is becoming the next hot sport

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Massachusetts Senior Games 2013

LOCAL PICKLEBALL GUIDE – Sheridan/Tongue River Valley, Wyoming


Tongue River Community Center

Tongue River Community Center

If it weren’t for YMCAs and Community Centers, some folks would never know about pickleball.  Places to play in Wyoming are few and far between, but the Sheridan YMCA and the Tongue River Valley Community Centers in Ranchester, Wyoming are 19 minutes apart on I-90, which means some friendly competition must be going on between these two towns!

Pickleball Courts Around Wyoming

Go to the website usapa.org to find a complete list of places to play in the state of Wyoming.  Below is a list of places in the Tongue River Valley vicinity:

Sheridan County YMCA, Sheridan, 4 Indoor courts
Woodland Park: Sheridan Recreation District, Sheridan, 1 Indoor court
YMCA-Sheridan, 4 Indoor courts
Tongue River Valley Community Center, Ranchester, 2 Outdoor courts
Tongue River Valley CC, Dayton, 3 Indoor courts

USAPA Ambassadors – Sheridan

Ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent. They may be individuals or couples, or a group of ambassadors working together as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share our game with others of all ages. There is a local District Ambassador in Sheridan, Wyoming and his name is  Arlie Johnson.

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Sheridan/Tongue River

If you are looking to install a new pickleball court, take a look at Sport Court West. Sport Court West is the official Sport Court® backyard basketball court builder of the West. Sport Court West located in the greater Salt Lake City area, serves Utah, Idaho, and Western Wyoming.

Tournaments in Wyoming

The 2015 Big Dill Pickleball Tournament in Billings, Montana had a great turnout.  For more information about pickleball tournaments nationwide, go to USAPA.org.


Big “Dill” Pickleball Tournament, Billings, Montana
Wyoming Senior Olympics

Wyoming Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

Click on the links below to read more about pickleball in Wyoming:

Visiting talents steal pickleball show

What in the world is pickleball?

Pickleball Style — Rachmaninov or Rolling Stones?

Most sports require either short or prolonged bursts of athleticism where muscles are exercised to their extreme. A few sports, like bowling or archery, demand more finesse than vigor. Perhaps one of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of pickleball is that both vigor and finesse are required within a single point. The third shot dink and most soft kitchen line exchanges require slow, relaxed, and fluid touch with beautiful wrist action. Many players run music  through their minds to accomplish this, and they may appear to glide around the court like a Rachmaninov rhapsody.

But the very next stroke might require extraordinarily fast reflexes or a burst of muscle energy to defend or attack. Step aside Rachmaninov and enter the Rolling Stones.  

Check out this rally during the mixed doubles finals between Sarah Ansboury/Tony Tollenaar and Christine McGrath/Tyler Wren at the recent Tournament of Champions in Brigham City, Utah.

Embracing this dichotomy of action between a lull and a storm is characteristic of great 5.0 pickleball players. Most of us find it intuitive to bang away, but recognizing those strokes where finesse is required is critical and keeps opponents guessing. As in most classical music, crescendos are preceded and followed by a great deal of serenade. So it is with pickleball.

Your thoughts?

Glen Peterson