Tag: Pickleball

Pickleball Press: Zero-Zero-Two

Dan Linegar and Doug Boklund warming up for a game with Linda and Donald Cornish

Nancy Dowell For those not familiar with pickleball scoring, “zero-zero-two” is the declaration of the opening score by the first server of the game. I would elaborate about scoring, but it tends to be one of the more confusing parts of the game, so it is best left for the professionals or a therapist, or…

Pickleball Press—Crazy for Pickleball

SPA members at the Ridgeview pickleball courts are Sandy Lindquist with 3.0 assisted play co-chairs Rich Reiner and Debbie Westwater

Nancy Dowell The pickleball craze is not going away any time soon. Data shows that, to stay relevant, senior communities new and old are embracing pickleball. Developments that offer pickleball as an amenity have a competitive advantage in attracting buyers. Buyers are demanding pickleball and builders, as well as existing communities, are responding. According to…

The Heart of Pickleball

Nancy Dowell If you play pickleball, chances are excellent that you have met Debbie Westwater and Rich Reiner. What you may not know about them is that they are co-chairs of the 3.0 Advanced Assisted Play lessons. They are having a tremendous impact on a segment of SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association’s (SPA) members who are taking…

Hohenstein and Schwartz Dentistry Sponsors a Court

Nancy Dowell Hohenstein and Schwartz Dentistry pledged its support of SaddleBrooke’s new pickleball complex with a very generous donation to SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA). In so doing, they will be recognized with a custom plaque noting “Hohenstein and Schwartz Dentistry” on a pickleball court. SPA is in the process of expanding the current six-court pickleball facility…

Memorial Brick Pavers

Memorial brick paver

Nancy Dowell Imagine the new pickleball complex – the backdrop of the Santa Catalina mountains; the courts nestled in the desert landscaping; a tasteful, covered ramada lined with brick pavers; and the sounds of happiness in the air. Remember a loved one, maybe someone who loved pickleball, while enjoying a shaded table surrounded by jubilance, serenity, and life. Stroll…

Pickleball Press – Tournament Season

Jim Lorenz

Nancy Dowell SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) has been well represented at many tournaments this season.  I recently caught up with a couple of SPA members for their thoughts. Jim Lorenz plays several tournaments each year. One reason he plays is to gauge his play with the “big world out there”. Additionally, it is fun to…

Pickleball Press – A Journey to SaddleBrooke

Nancy Dowell Hearing stories from our SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association’s (SPA) club members about how they ended up at SaddleBrooke is always entertaining. When looking for a winter home or new full-time residence, a list of necessary attributes must be made. Some typical considerations might be proximity to family or friends, specific amenities, activities, sports, weather,…

Pickleball Press – Barney McCallum

Nancy Dowell Pickleball co-founder, promoter and innovator, Barney McCallum, died at his home on Nov. 18, 2019, at the age of 93. Inducted into the inaugural class of 2017 of The Pickleball Hall of Fame, he leaves behind a rapidly growing international pickleball community that is indebted to him. It is fun to recount his…

SPA Offers Introductory Lesson for Beginners

Shawne Cryderman Any SaddleBrooke resident is welcome to attend this introductory lesson. The focus of the introductory lesson is to allow people of all ages and skills to have the opportunity to get on the court and play this fun, phenomenal, full of good time’s game. At the end of the intro lesson, participants will…

2019 Margaritaville USA National Pickleball Championships

Glen and Mary Jo George, Bonnie Johnson, and JB and Linda Bailey at Nationals.

Nancy Dowell SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association was well represented at this year’s National Pickleball Championships, held Nov. 2-10 in Indian Wells, California. Some SPA members played in the highly competitive tournament. Others went to see the action which, by all accounts, was a spectacular display of pickleball prowess. The level of play was extremely high and…