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!

MidAmerican CourtWorksvia Mid-American Courtworks

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

topekapbvia Topeka Pickleball

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

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 — Bob & Cindy Lutz  520-869-0213 or 520-297-0213
(Email: lutzra50@gmail.com and lutzcb1972@msn.com, Facebook)
Tucson — Tom Starrs  520-258-9380
Tucson SE — Dale Secord 593-467-9915
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

Other Places to Play

Leaman Academy, Marana, Arizona has pickleball indoors. 3 courts. Mostly beginner play on Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm cost is $2.00

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
http://www.azfamily.com/news/health/Pickleball-New-sports-craze-sweeping-Arizona-nation-203253251.html

5.0 Ranked Players Around Arizona

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

PICKLEBALL TUCSON VIDEO

Saddlebrook Ranch Pickleball players Participates in Voyageur Senior Olympics

LOCAL PICKLEBALL GUIDE – Essex County, Massachusetts

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
http://www.bostontenniscourt.com/
Sport Court of Massachusetts
http://www.sportcourtma.com/

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

LOCAL PICKLEBALL GUIDE: SHERIDAN/TONGUE RIVER, 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 TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS

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?

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Pickleball Guide to Courts, Clubs, Players & Tournaments

Local Pickleball Guide – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

South Carolina is a gorgeous state, and Hilton Head Island only adds to the beauty. What’s better than sun, surf and pickleball?

HHSC Pickleballvia Sun City Hilton Head PBC

USAPA Ambassadors: Hilton Head Island

These local USAPA Ambassadors are ready and willing to get pickleball promoted throughout the island as best as they can:

  • Peter Kandis   (803) 422-3116   Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Mike Michner   (954) 647-5472   Hilton Head Island, SC

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Hilton Head Island

If you’re ready to add a pickleball flair to your island paradise, contact any of these court construction companies. They are all able to create your own personal slice of pickleball heaven.

Palmento Dunes Tennis Pickleballvia Palmento Dunes Tennis Center

5.0 Ranked Players Around Hilton Head Island

While there might not be a 5.0 ranked player hailing directly from Hilton Head Island, Cooper Warren is from Greensville, South Carolina. Close enough!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Pickleball Clubs

It takes a lot of practice to become a 5.0 player. Check out these local clubs to really hone in your skills and improve your game. The more you play, the better chance you have at reaching 5.0!

Hilton Head Island Pickleball Related Youtube Videos

Take a look at these articles and videos to really brush up on your Hilton Head pickleball knowledge!

Hilton Head Pickleball Tournament 2014

2014 Pickleball Classic Tournament

Looks like South Carolina is doing it right!

Local Pickleball Guide – Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Local Pickleball Guide – Ft. Wayne, Indiana

SportOne Pickleball Court

SportOne Parkview Fieldhouse, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Ft. Wayne, Indiana….what does the name of the city bring to mind?  Well, unless you are a true Hoosier, you’ll probably be scratching your head, saying Ft. Who?   It is a great town, where three rivers meet and the people who live there have a sense of pride about their city.  

Pickleball has taken hold in Ft. Wayne, mostly because the majority of the folks living in there are age 45 and up.  It is a beautiful place, the home of Johnny Appleseed, and the home of the USAPA Regional Tournament which will be held August 14-16, 2015. 

Pickleball Courts Around Ft. Wayne

On the USAPA website, the listing of places to play pickleball in Ft. Wayne include the following:

Lions Park, 3257 Carew Street
SportOne Parkview Fieldhouse, 3946 Ice Way
Franke Park Pavillion #1, 3411 Sherman Boulevard
YWCA Dupont/Parkview, 10001 Dawson Creek
YWCA Downtown, 347 Berry Street

USAPA Ambassadors – Ft. Wayne

USAPA Pickleball 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. Some full-time RV’ers are Ambassadors ‘at large’ who promote our sport during their travels. In Fort Wayne, the local pickleball ambassador is Kenneth Flora, PHONE NUMBER: 260-416-0574.

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Ft. Wayne

Anyone looking for information about how to build a local sport court should contact Lawrence Building Corporation.

Ft. Wayne, Indiana Pickleball Clubs

You can find information about pickleball in Ft. Wayne through the  Ft. Wayne Pickleball Association 

Pickleball Tournaments Near Ft. Wayne

If you are out to compete, there are a couple of local options in Ft. Wayne:

Active Aging Week Pickleball Tournament

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USAPA Great Lakes Regional Pickleball Tournament

Pickleball Articles from Ft. Wayne 

The City of Ft. Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has a page that describes places to play and recent pickleball news.

 

5.0 Ranked Players Around Ft. Wayne

Josh Grubbs
Zachary Grubbs

Ft. Wayne Pickleball Related Youtube Videos

2014 Regional Great Lakes Pickleball Tournament

 

 

Local Pickleball Guide – Seattle, Washington

Local Pickleball Guide – Seattle, Washington

As many players already know, pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, an island just to the west of Seattle, Washington. It only makes sense that PickleballCentral is located just a short drive and ferry ride away from this historic island.

Original pickleball courtvia Pickle-ball Inc. – Playing on the original court

USAPA Ambassadors: Seattle

  • Billy Jacobsen   (253) 863-1019   Lake Tapps, WA
  • Darcie Jacobsen   (253) 863-1019   Lake Tapps, WA
  • Chuck Pratt   (360) 801-1552   Belfair, WA
  • Ruth Pratt   (360) 801-1552   Belfair, WA
  • Ginny Scantlebury   (206) 546-5627   Shoreline, WA

If you’re looking for a pickleball club to call “home”, check out these local pickleball clubs:

Seattle, Washington Pickleball Clubs

skagitPICKLEvia skagitPICKLE

Once you’re ready to create your own version of pickleball heaven, feel free to call on any of these companies who can make your dream come true!

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Seattle

Wenatchee Valley pickleball playersvia Wenatchee Valley Pickleball Club

There’s a huge number of 5.0 ranked players in the Seattle area! It won’t be hard at all to find a local pro to cheer for at any tournament across the nation.

5.0 Ranked Players Around Seattle

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park pickleballersMaple Leaf Reservoir Park in Seattle

Just as with the number of pros, the number of places to play is exceptionally long as well.

Seattle Area Indoor Pickleball Courts

Pickleball Station, Kent WA
Click here, then select “WA” to see a list of places to play in Washington State.

Seattle Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

Check out the following links and videos to learn even more about pickleball in Seattle:

Video Feature on Billy Jacobson

Pickleball’s Birthplace – Bainbridge Island

We’re honored to live in such an awesome part of the country for pickleball!

Local Pickleball Guide – Columbus, Ohio

Local Pickleball Guide – Columbus, Ohio

It’s inarguable that pickleball exists throughout the great state of Ohio. From hundreds of courts, to top-tier players, to unending energy, Ohio seems like the perfect place for an addiction for pickleball to grow. This guide is an Ohio resident’s all-inclusive look at pickleball in their state.

Toledo Pickleball CourtsPickleball Courts in Toledo, OH

USAPA Ambassadors – Columbus

While there aren’t any USAPA Ambassadors who live in Columbus directly, there are several who are relatively close. Feel free to contact any of these individuals who are always happy to help promote the sport.

  • Thomas Paschal   614-851-8016   (Galloway, Ohio)
  • William Schneider   330-958-5709   (Alliance, Ohio)
  • Bob Schrag   440-666-8051   (North Ridgeville, Ohio)

5.0 Ranked Players Around Columbus

Ohio residents will rest easy knowing that there are three 5.0 ranked players by the USAPA in their state. Both of these players have one at least one gold medal in a USAPA sanctioned tournament.

  • Laura Fenton Kovanda   (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Marsha Koch   (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Thomas Wells   (Oregon, Ohio)

Middletown Pickleball Tournament5th Annual Middletown Senior Pickleball Tournament

Columbus, Ohio Pickleball Clubs

There are also several pickleball clubs who welcome new members with open arms:

Pickleball Courts Around Columbus

Whether you want to just drop in and play, or find your new favorite court, the USAPA has a substantial list of places to play. Just click on “OH” and scroll until you find your nearest city! Columbus has several places within city limits:

  • Beechwold Christian Church
  • Carriage Place Community Center
  • Whetstone Community Center
  • Worthington Hills Country Club

Worthington Hills PickleballWorthington Hills Country Club

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Columbus

If your like for pickleball turns into a full-blown addiction, Flex Court Athletics and SportMaster Sport Surfaces would be more than happy to help create your own personal pickleball court. Both these companies do work in the state of Ohio.

Columbus Pickleball Related Articles and Youtube Videos

For more information on pickleball in the state of Ohio, check out the following articles and videos:

Pickleball of Ohio

Arnold Classic Pickleball Tournament 2015 in Columbus

Keep up the great work, Ohio!

LOCAL PICKLEBALL GUIDE – Omaha, Nebraska

Local Pickleball Guide – Omaha, Nebraska

Nebraska Pickleball Meeting

NebraskaPickleball Annual Meeting 2015

Pickleball has been going strong in Nebraska since 2011, according to the PICKLEBALL NEBRASKA blog.  They have a hugely popular “annual meeting” with food, fun, and of course, pickleball.  It is definitely a family affair.

USAPA Ambassadors – Omaha

If you need help getting a pickleball group started in your neighborhood, just get in touch with one of the following folks:

Omaha — Bill Holt  402-699-2869  Omaha NE

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Omaha

If you need help getting a pickleball group started in Nebraska, just get in touch with the folks at:

Sport Construction Midwest, http://sportconstruction.com/gamecourts.htm

Omaha, Nebraska Pickleball Clubs

Prairie Lane, Nebraska Pickleball Court

It was a beautiful day at Prairie Lane Park

PB Nebraska Club
http://pickleballnebraska.wordpress.com/

Pickleball Courts Around Omaha

Pickleball Nebraska
Meadow Lane Park, Elite Sports in Omaha

UPCO Parka and St. Paul Methodist in Lincoln

Pickleball Tournaments Near Omaha

If you are interested in some friendly competition, check out the following tournament options:

State Games of America, Lincoln/Omaha
Cornhusker State Games
Pikes Peak or Bust Pickleball Tournament

5.0 Ranked Players Around Omaha

Andy Gensch, Overland Park, Kansas

Omaha Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

Pickleball Omaha on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pickleball-Omaha/149085481807774

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7HcX3CzQqM

Nebraska Pickleball at Nebraska Elite Sports

Minneapolis, Minnesota Pickleball Guide to Courts, Clubs, Players & Tournaments

 

Local Pickleball Guide – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pickleball is huge in Minnesota. Whether it’s because of the large number of snowbirds who travel south for the winter and bring pickleball back up north, the family-oriented, social nature of the residents or some other factor, we’ve noticed that pickleball is just exploding! From shipping just 63 orders to Minnesota in 2010 to 604 orders last year, it’s tough to argue with the numbers.

Minnesota Pickleball

There are three USAPA Ambassadors registered within (or just about) Minneapolis city limits. These folk will be happy to help promote the sport in any way.

USAPA Ambassadors: Minneapolis

  • Dennis ‘The Menace’ Gallaher   (952) 212-7516   Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jeff ‘The Pilot’ Conradi   (612) 860-3839   Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jerry Maas   (952) 918-0500   Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jim Miller   (952) 447-4490   Prior Lake, MN
  • John Barber   (952) 451-0976   Bloomington, MN

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that there are several pickleball groups that meet up within an hour’s drive or so from Minneapolis.

Minneapolis, Minnesota Pickleball Clubs

Owatonna pickleball courtsOwatonna Pickleball

You can also check out the USAPA Regional Website for the Great Lakes Area for any current news or updates.

We know how unbelievably easy it is to get addicted to pickleball! When you can no longer go even a couple of hours between playing, it’s time to create your own, personal court. Either of these court construction companies will be happy to help!

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Minneapolis

Mankato area pickleballThe Mankato area pickleball players look like a blast!

Support your state by cheering on any of these 5.0 ranked players with Minnesota as their home state:

5.0 Ranked Players Around Minneapolis

  • Ben Alm (St. Cloud, MN)
  • Jackie Faegre (Eden Prairie, MN)
  • Del Kauss (St. Paul, MN)
  • Rachael Kroog (Bloomington, MN)

For even more localized information about pickleball, check out these following links and videos!

Minneapolis Pickleball Related Youtube Videos

Pickleball at the Apple Valley Community Center

Minnesota Senior Games: Pickleball


Pickleball at Rochester Senior Center

Pickleball picking up new fans
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Pickleball coverage via Twin Cities Live
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Keep it up, Minneapolis!