Meet The Pros – John Moorin

Meet The Pros: John Moorin

 

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John Moorin won Gold, Men’s Singles Age 50+, at the US Open last April. He played singles 3-4 times and doubles 10-15 times before the tournament. Is this guy lucky, or just incredibly talented? You decide…

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

I have only played one pickleball tournament in my life: the US Open in Naples last year. I was fortunate enough to win it. I’ve had some decent wins as a tennis player though.

What paddle do you play with and why?

I play with the Paddletek Bantam EX-L. I chose it by looking up what lots of players used and what my friends that I play with suggested. I really like it.

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

I was introduced to pickleball about 8- 10 weeks before the tournament by Rick Witsken, Matt Schiller and Chris Zeilinga in Indianapolis. Rick is a former Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) pro and Matt and Chris are 5.0 – 5.5 rated tennis players with the National Tennis Rating Program. We play tennis together and they needed a fourth to try this new game. It was so fun. I played singles 3-4 times and doubles 10-15 times before the tournament.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

We play mostly indoors in Indianapolis because of the weather, but I think I like outdoors better. I like being outside and I think you can hold your shots longer before you commit.

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

I love singles for the exercise but I like the trash talking that happens in doubles with my friends. I play with guys who can beat me in tennis but I’m really more competitive in pickleball. So they tell me how old I am and how bad I am in tennis now. I tell them I can’t see who is saying those things to me because the light from my medal is shining in my eyes. It tends to work.

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

My favorite place to play is The Retreat in Indianapolis. Rick Witsken does a great job getting players together and it is a fun atmosphere. The park in Naples where the tournament was held is a close second. Great weather and the courts are nice.

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

My secret sauce is probably my racket background. I played college tennis in the Big Ten and have won some decent events. I also was nationally ranked in squash. I think that helped me develop pretty good hands at the net, which is really helpful in pickleball. One thing I believe that may have also helped me is riding and training on  a road bike. It helps you keep your legs as the match wears on, especially in heat. The US Open was really hot and I played multiple events and matches in a day. Having my legs at the end was a definite plus.

What’s your day job?

My day job is that I own a medical distributorship. We distribute orthopedic devices and regenerative medicine products. It’s stressful but pretty interesting.

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

I probably play over the course of a year about an hour a week. Usually sneak one in during lunch or one on the weekend. I try to play enough to keep my feel.

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

No lucky rituals, but I get really nervous. I always think I’m going to lose in warm up. I need to learn how to change that. Once the match starts I tend to get better as it goes on.

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

My goal for pickleball is to play more. I think I have a lot to learn. The game is so young and I think it will look different in 10 years. Strategies and techniques will change as the equipment and players develop. I would like to evolve. That’s my goal.

Thank you John for sharing your pickleball story with our readers. We look forward to seeing more of your talent on the tournament medals list next year!

Meet The Pros: Tyler Wren

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Tyler Wren at the US Open

USAPA Ambassador John Gullo of the Ogden, Utah area, gets the credit for introducing pickleball to Tyler Wren. Enjoy!

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

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US Open Tyler Wren/Oliver Strecker Gold, Daniel Moore/Brian Ashworth Silver and Matt Staub/Rob Elliott Bronze

Gold 2016 Fall Brawl Mixed Doubles (Christine McGrath)
Gold 2016 US Open Tournament Men’s Doubles 25+ (Oliver Strecker)
Silver 2016 LeMaster – Davison Classic Mixed Doubles (Christine Barksdale)
Gold 2016 Southern Utah Pickleball Shootout Men’s Doubles (Randy Zbinden)
Gold 2015 Northern Utah Indoor Championships Men’s Doubles (Larry Moon)
Gold 2015 Tournament of Champions in Mixed Doubles (Christine McGrath)

Gold 2014 Northern Utah Indoor Championships Men’s Doubles (Larry Moon)
Gold 2014 Northern Utah Indoor Championships Men’s Doubles (Larry Moon)
Gold 2013 Northern Utah Indoor Championships Men’s Doubles (Larry Moon)
Silver 2013 Singles 19+ at USAPA Nationals
Gold 2012 Singles 19+ at USAPA Nationals

What paddle do you play with and why?

Paddletek Tempest for doubles and the Bantam EX-L for singles. I love the touch of the Tempest and power of the Bantam. I played with other paddles in the past but they would break down after 6 months of hard play. They started to dent from hitting the ball. I’ve never had a problem with Paddletek paddles and I love the way they play.

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

I have a tennis background. I was waiting at the courts one day to meet my friend who was running late (as usual). John Gullo called me over to the newly built courts at Mt. Ogden and told me I should give it a try. I got hooked pretty quickly. I met Kyle Klein soon after and he convinced me to start playing tournaments. I’ve been playing competitively ever since. 

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

Outdoor for sure. 

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Tyler wins Gold with Christine McGrath at the Fall Brawl

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

I’ve always preferred singles but it’s not easy finding opponents since most prefer doubles. I would love to start practicing singles more. But I’ve really grown to love both men’s and mixed doubles.

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TOC Gold with Christine McGrath

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

I loved the venue at the US Open last year in Naples, Florida. The Championship Court was amazing. But you can’t beat the views at my home court here in Ogden, Utah. 

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

Serving and returning deep is a huge key. That will help set up the entire point. I’m also not known for my patience. 🙂 I like to get the party started by hitting hard shots or lobs to keep my opponents on their toes. 

What’s your day job?

I’ve worked in wholesale for most of my career. I sell products to all the major retailers in the country. I also love real estate investment and own a few other side businesses. 

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

Probably 5 – 10 depending on the time of year. We’ve been meeting at 5 am to play for a few hours before work.  

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Tyler at Tournament of Champions

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

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Tyler at Nationals

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” But it takes me quite a while to get into the game, so I make sure to have an extra long warm up and play practice points before I start a match. Having a super awesome partner that carries you helps a little too!

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

I’d love to practice singles more this year so I can be more competitive. It’s been super fun watching new tennis players entering the sport.

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

 I have twin daughters that are almost 2 years old. I can’t wait to start teaching them the sport. I’m sure they’ll be a top women’s doubles team in about 15 years. 🙂 

Meet The Pros: Patrick Williams

Meet The Pros: Patrick Williams

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2016 US Open – Gold 40+ Mixed Doubles Jack Oxler/Lynn Syler, Silver Emily and Patrick Williams

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

My wife, Emily, and I placed 2nd at the US Open last year in 40+ doubles (defeated Robert & Jodi Elliott).

Rob Davidson and I defeated Chris Miller/Dalton Vavra, Kurtis Campbell/Brian Ashworth and Tony Tollenar/Doug Hastings before losing to Wes Gabrielson and Kyles Yates at the Rally in the Valley (Albany, OR).

Steve Paranto and Patrick Williams garner gold while Shayne R. Johnson and Bigchris Seekingknowledge

Steve Paranto and Patrick Williams garner gold while Shayne R. Johnson and Bigchris Seekingknowledge get silver at the Thousand Trails Pickleball Tournament in Sunriver/Bend, OR.

What paddle do you play with and why?

In the past, I played with the Selkirk Pro S1C+. Great touch, large sweet spot and ability to hit with topspin and slice. I just switched to the Selkirk Maxima 21P MXO paddle and love it.

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

I was introduced to pickleball at a Young Life fundraiser tournament 5 years ago. I was the girl’s tennis coach at West Albany HS at the time. I teamed up with the boy’s tennis coach. We raided the PE department and found some wooden paddles.

We won the tournament easily but had no idea about strategy (dinks, 3rd shots, etc). At the event, we were introduced to Bob VanderLinden, a local USAPA ambassador. He encourage us to join the local pickleball club and enter the Timberhill Spring Fling in Corvallis, OR. We entered the tourney at the 4.0 level and were the only players in the tourney with wooden paddles! Had a great time anyway and I was hooked.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

I enjoy playing both, but overall I like indoors better for two reasons. The gym floor is easy on the body, so I can play for 3 or 4 hours, multiple days in a row.  And the slower game doesn’t require as much drilling to groove your shots enough to have fun.

 Steve Paranto, Randy Bither, Robert Davidson, Patrick Williams and Shane Denning.

Steve Paranto, Randy Bither, Robert Davidson, Patrick Williams and Shane Denning.

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

I prefer doubles. I’m 45 now and enjoy covering 1/2 the court more and more with each passing year. The first couple of years I played both singles and doubles in tournaments. I eventually made it to the 5.0 level in singles. To play singles well, you have to be in great shape. To play doubles, it isn’t as important.

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

Eleanor Hackleman Park in Albany, Oregon. It’s the home of the Albany Pickleball Club. I spent a good part of my first two summers working on skills and strategy with Craig Poole, Sarah Gaines and Bob VanderLinden. The last couple of summers I’ve spent time there drilling with Wes Gabrielsen and my wife, Emily.

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Daniel Moore, Patrick Williams Wes Gabrielsen and Steve Paranto

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

Grind, baby, grind! I’m usually not the tallest or most athletic player on the court. I try hard to neutralize my opponents strengths.  In most cases, this involves patience, low dinks and hitting high percentage shots.

What’s your day job?

I’m a high school math and science teacher at Baker Web Academy. It’s an online charter school run out of Baker City, Oregon which provides free, public education for students all across Oregon who are interested in an alternative to the brick and mortar option.

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

I try to play twice a week for about 3 hours each session. This fluctuates greatly depending on the availability of other 4.5/5.0 players in the area.

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

Not really. I just make sure to take a couple of ibuprofen before the tourney starts and make sure to know where the mustard packets and/or pickles are located.

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

My goal is continue to enjoy pickleball and get my son, Luke (13), and daughter, Kate (10), into it.

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

The pickleball community is so open and inviting. I really enjoy meeting new people and making close friendships through the sport.

Meet The Pros: Rafael Siebenschein

Meet The Pros: Rafael Siebenschein

Rafael with some of our favorites: Brian Ashworth, Daniel Moore an Dave Weinbach

Rafael with some of our favorites: Brian Ashworth, Daniel Moore and Dave Weinbach

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

2016 Tournament Of Champions – Mixed Open with Simone Jardim, Silver
2016 US OPEN – Mixed Doubles Pro Event with Corrine Carr– Bronze
2015 USAPA Nationals – Mixed Doubles Open with Simone Jardim  – Gold
2015 USAPA Nationals – Mixed Age 19+ with Gigi LeMaster –  Silver
2015 USAPA Nationals – Men’s Doubles Age 19+ with Rob Elliott – Bronze

What paddle do you play with and why?

The Engage Encore. I think it’s got the best surface for former tennis players to allow for optimal balance of power, touch and topspin.

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

I started playing in Grand Rapids, MI, in spring of 2013. There was a park with pickleball courts just down the hill from a place I moved to and my landlord suggested I give it a try when I told him I missed playing tennis. I also met my wife, Corrine Carr Siebenschein, through pickleball.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

I definitely prefer playing outdoors. Indoor pickleball is often tricky due to the different ball(s) and having to deal with multiple drawn lines and the glare of a wooden court.

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Pickleball in the Triangle photo with Corrine Carr Siebenschein, Rafael Siebenschein, Dennis Brennan, Kelly Wiggins-Gen

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

I like them both. Coming from tennis, I enjoy playing singles every now and then as it’s very fast and a great workout. It’s quite hard to find people to play with though. Overall, I do prefer doubles as the rallies last much longer and require a lot of patience and finesse.

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

I really enjoyed playing at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids. The facility has come a long way and it’s fun playing with the people who introduced me to the game. I also enjoy the big tournaments – the US Open, TOC, Nationals – as they generally attract all the top players and the facilities are getting better each year!

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

I think the combination of a tennis background and the Engage Encore Paddle enable me to hit with more topspin than most players. This enables me, especially on my forehand, to hit the ball at a high speed with relatively short travel distance.

And patience! For players from a racket sport background, I would recommend finding some top-level players to play against. Playing against weaker players, many tennis players think that the key is to hit as hard as possible. For me, practicing with Kyle Yates and Matt Staub in The Villages back in the day for the first time really was an eye-opener. I recognized the importance of dinking and being able to keep the ball in play while waiting for the opportune time to be aggressive.

What’s your day job?

I am working in IT as a Systems Developer and Analyst.

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

Since we’ve moved to West Virginia this past summer I hardly get to play – mainly due to difficulties finding outdoor courts and time constraints. Ideally, I would like to play once a week or so for maybe 2 hours.

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

Tennis players are often superstitious and have rituals they go through before every match. However, I don’t think any of these have transferred to pickleball for me. Generally, I try to just eat as much as possible for breakfast as tournament days are usually quite long with little time to grab food between matches.

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

Become more patient and consistent. And play more than once every couple of months!

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

One of my favorite things about the sport is the pickleball community. In tournaments, everybody fights hard and competes against each other. But at the end of the day, people hang out, get a drink and have a blast together. In rare instances, you may even get to listen to Daniel Moore sing karaoke. I’ve had fun at every tournament I’ve traveled to, even when not performing as well in an event as I had hoped! I’ve met many amazing friends through the sport – including my wife. 😉

Meet The Pros: Steve Kennedy

Meet The Pros – Steve Kennedy

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Steve Kennedy has achieved the perfect balance between tennis and pickleball. He is passing it on to his younger tennis students as well. Way to go, Steve! Enjoy!

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

I’m new to pickleball tournaments and have been fortunate to medal in each one I’ve played last year:
2016 USA Masters Games – Doubles Gold with Steve Rose and Mixed Doubles Silver with Lucy Kitcher
2016 Georgia Mountain Pickleball Fall Classic – Silver with Joe DiMauro
2016 Kentucky Senior Games – Singles Gold and Doubles Gold with Jeff Carlson
2016 Geezer Meister – Doubles Silver with Scott Tingley
2016 USAPA Nationals – Singles Silver

What paddle do you play with and why?

I play with the Engage Encore Pro paddle with added head weight. I love the touch, control and power that the Engage paddle gives me. Jodi and Robert Elliott are great to work with and helped me to find the perfect paddle for my game.

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

I discovered pickleball totally by accident while sitting on the soccer field watching my son practice in Davie, Florida. I kept hearing a loud popping noise and walked over to investigate. When I realized that pop was the sound of the pickleball hitting the paddle, I was intrigued. I was immediately offered a wooden paddle by a super friendly group of people and I was hooked.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

Living in Florida allows me to play outdoors all year long but I enjoy playing indoor as well. It’s nice to mix it up.

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

I love the strategy and teamwork associated with doubles. Because of my prior professional tennis career, I also like singles because I’m guaranteed to get every ball, where in doubles, there are times I rarely see one.  In singles it’s all up to me…all of the mistakes are mine and so are the winners.

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

Davie, Florida is my pickleball home. It’s where I discovered the game and it’s where I play with the greatest people in the whole world. I’d like to give a shout out to every one of them but I have too many pickleball friends to list. I’ll just say that Davie Pickleball people are the best and if you’re in Florida we’d love to have you join us.

Steve Kennedy with some of his tennis summer camp kids hitting pickleballs — with George English Tennis Camp, Engage pickleball and Steve Kennedy Pickleball.

Steve Kennedy with some of his tennis summer camp kids hitting pickleballs — with George English Tennis Camp, Engage pickleball and Steve Kennedy Pickleball.

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

I’m a power player so I have to say that it’s OK to play with power, however, you must develop a proficient dink game and be able to turn on your finesse at any moment. I like to be unpredictable and switch up my game at unexpected times, keeping my opponent confused.  My tips are simple:
     Don’t let your game become predictable.
    Drill, drill, drill and spend 80% of your practice time on your dink game.

Gold with partner Neil Friedenberg, Englewood CA

Gold with partner Neil Friedenberg, Englewood CA

What’s your day job?

I’ve been teaching tennis at Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale for 26 years. I’m also an IPTPA-certified pickleball instructor which allows me to share the sport that I love by teaching others to play. I love both tennis and pickleball, but pickleball is new and exciting and the rapid growth is exciting as well. I encourage all of my tennis clients to try pickleball. It’s great to have a variety of physical activities to choose from and pickleball is conducive to fun for the whole family.

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

I typically play 4 or 5 days a week for about 2 hours a day. I live a couple of miles from Davie Pickleball so I hop on my bike or my scooter and head over late afternoon. My wife loves to play and travel with me which makes my pickleball life a lot easier!

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

We all feel the nerves before a big tournament. I try to just focus on having fun and relaxing. I do depend on a secret holistic spray for nerves given to me by my good friend Dan, and I chew gum, lots of gum, before I go on the court.

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

My goal is to continue to love playing pickleball in the future as much as I love it today while introducing the sport to as many people as I can.

Steve Kennedy and Charles Rose win Gold in Men's Doubles, USA Masters Games

Steve Kennedy and Charles Rose win Gold in Men’s Doubles, USA Masters Games

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

Wow, really, one of the best in the world? Thanks for that compliment! I’m so excited about playing pickleball because I have so much more to learn and I feel that I can continue to work hard and get so much better. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to play and train with some of the very best players in the world here in Florida. I also have a group of South Florida Pickleball Club training partners here in Davie who spend a lot of time with me playing and drilling. They give me an unbelievable amount of support in practice and at tournaments. I owe a lot of my success to the people who have helped me with my game by just spending time with me on the court. Again, too many people to list but each of you know exactly who you are, so THANK YOU!

Meet The Pros: Cammy Ward

Meet The Pros – Cammy Ward

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Cammy is a professional tennis instructor who happens to love pickleball, and she has some advice to all tennis players – it can improve your tennis game! Enjoy!

Can you list us your major wins? 
2016 USAPA Nationals 35+ Doubles – Gold 
2016 USAPA Nationals 35+ Women’s Singles- Gold 
2016 USAPA Nationals 35+ Mixed Doubles – Silver
2016 USAPA So. Cal Summer Classic Women’s Doubles Open –  Bronze
2016 USAPA So. Cal Summer Classic Women’s 35+ Doubles –  Silver
2016 USAPA So. Cal Summer Classic Mixed Doubles Open – Bronze 

 What paddle do you play with and why?
I play with the Engage Encore Pro Paddle. I like this paddle because of its power and control. I get good feel off the ball too. 

What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I was introduced to pickleball little over a year and half ago by my tennis friends. They kept saying come try pickleball, you’ll love it. I’m thinking, “What the heck is pickleball?!” One night I went over to Bobby Riggs with my friends, Steve and Jen Dawson, and they started dinking with me and telling me all these crazy rules about pickleball. I thought, There’s no way I can think about hitting the ball, dinking the ball, 2 bounce rule, understanding the score! And why am I saying 3 numbers when I’m calling the score? This is way too much for my brain to process.” Well, me being competitive, I instantly got hooked within half a dozen times of playing. I started to understand all those crazy rules of pickleball and from then on, I have entered pickleball tournaments and am just having a blast.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?
I live in San Diego, so outdoor pickleball is my choice.

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Cammy Ward at the So Cal Classic

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I have played both singles and doubles, mostly doubles though. I like singles. The only problem is it’s too hard on my body. So I stick to doubles; less court to cover and you have your friend next to you.

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
I honestly have not played too much outside of California, except for the USAPA Nationals in Arizona and Tournament Of Champions in Utah. If I had to pick a favorite place to play, its Bobby Riggs in Encinitas, California.

What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
My secret sauce is this homemade sauce I have for my BBQ Ribs!!!

What’s your day job?
For my day job, I teach tennis at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA.

How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I play pickleball maybe 2 times week. It kind of depends on my teaching day. After standing out on a hard court for 6 hours hitting tennis balls, sometimes I just can’t get my body to go play pickleball. I would rather hang with my dogs and a cold beer. Saturdays or Sundays I’m off, so if I’m going to play pickleball, those would be the days.

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No, I don’t have any lucky rituals before a tournament. I just go out and play and whatever happens, happens. I’m there mostly to have FUN!

Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?
Honestly, pickleball is just another game for me.  I am out there to have fun when I am playing.  This game is not my day job, it’s not going to pay my bills. I don’t set goals, I go out and play and the team that wins is the better team that day.

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Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
The one thing I constantly hear from tennis players who have also played pickleball is that pickleball is so much more social than tennis. This is what I love about the game!  Pickleball is such a fun game to play, and its the only game where you can get 16 people playing on only one tennis court! You can play 3 hours with people you have never met and next thing you know, you are exchanging phone numbers and having a cold beer with them. Very Cool!
One more thing, I am always hearing from tennis players who have never tried pickleball that it’s going to hurt my tennis game. This is SO not the case. To all tennis players out there, please try pickleball. If you are a doubles player in tennis, pickleball will help with your touch, reflexes, strategy and placement in tennis.

1st Anniversary of the Pickleball Magazine

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Pickleball Magazine, the first magazine dedicated to America’s fastest-growing sport, was launched in January 2016. Wayne Dollard of Dollard Publishing is responsible for starting the magazine! We are glad to share his story on how this fabulous publication got started. Enjoy!

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Wayne Dollard, Dollard Publishing

In the 1990s, I was a Color Systems Specialist for Canon. In 1999 I began publishing a national magazine for the sport of Platform Tennis, just for fun. A few years later, I quit my day job and began adding direct-mailed community magazines to my publishing portfolio. By 2015, I had 40 employees and 42 magazines being direct mailed to over 2 million households.

I was introduced to pickleball when I visited family at The Villages, Florida. I have a competitive tennis background and even played a couple years at Penn State. I was also nationally ranked in platform tennis for several years until I was permanently sidelined by a back injury and surgery in 2011. I began playing pickleball socially last year. In my first tournament, I won a few rounds at the US Open 35 Mixed and Men’s 4.5 Doubles. I have since won a few local tournaments.  My wife Lisa and sons Jordan, Brenden and Tyler really enjoy pickleball, so we’ll be putting a court in our backyard this spring.

US Open LogoIn June of 2015, I received phone calls from Terri Graham, Director of the 2016 US Open Pickleball Championship, and Chuck Vietmier, Director of Product Marketing for Gamma Sports, who encouraged me to launch a magazine for pickleball.

I did further research on the sport, and had positive discussions with Justin Maloof, the Executive Director of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).  Justin gave me the statistics that made this venture all the more attractive: 2.5 million players worldwide, USAPA membership growth from 4,071 to over 10,000 in 3 years and a similar rate of growth in places to play listed on the USAPA website. usapa

Justin and I brainstormed content features and the first Pickleball Magazine was published in January last year. The USAPA does not have an ownership interest in the magazine, but we offer them free content and they email the magazine to their 10,000+ player membership. The USAPA has been very helpful in getting Pickleball Magazine started.

Now, just 14 months after launching, we email each issue of the magazine to over 100,000 people, as well as sending print copies in the mail to 5,000 people. We also distribute the magazine to over 200 Barnes and Noble locations. Both the digital and print subscriptions for Pickleball Magazine are growing every day. We imagine Pickleball Magazine will continue to grow in popularity for many years to come.

Thank you Wayne for giving us your story on how the first Pickleball Magazine got it’s start. You’ve done a great job with this publication and we look forward to all of your future issues!

If you are interested in subscribing to Pickleball Magazine, here is some great information for you:

  • Pickleball Magazine is published six times per year.
  • Each issue runs around 60 – 70 pages and contains 20 or more feature articles.
  • Each issue contains four to six great instructional articles with detailed recommendations for drills, strategy, and skills development.

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