Tag: Pickleball

A meeting with Joel Pritchard, the founder of Pickleball

Andrea Molberg In 1986, SaddleBrooke resident Shelley Seidenverg and her two young daughters met pickleball founder Joel Pritchard on a Puget Sound ferry ride. Her encounter sheds light on both the history and naming of this popular sport. What’s the history of pickleball? The story goes that one Saturday in the summer of 1965, Washington…

SaddleBrooke Pickleball news

  Andrea Molberg Dave Weinbach, current men’s doubles pickleball champion in the U.S. Open and USAPA National tournaments, conducted a group pickleball clinic for 33 SPA members on December 11 at the Ridgeview Courts. He is known for his enthusiastic approach to teaching the game and has helped pickleballers all over the U.S.A. improve their…

Friday night Pickleball fun

  Andrea Molberg Looking for fun and fellowship on Friday nights? Try Friday Nite Lites. When SaddleBrooke lost the opportunity to play drop-in pickleball play under the lights at the Preserve courts, players finally found another way to get together for Friday night frolicking – Friday Nite Lites up at the Ranch. Friday Nite Lites…

Learn to play pickleball

  Shawne Cryderman Any SaddleBrooke resident is welcome to attend the 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 introductory lesson, participants…

Does your Pickleball paddle need replacing? Get a quiet one

Andrea Molberg Whether you’re new to this extremely popular sport of pickleball or been playing a while, check your paddle. You may need a new, quieter one. SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association referee Steve Phillips wrote: “A lot of beginner and progressive players are not understanding why the ball, when hit, does not carry the same as…

Celebrating birthdays Pickleball style

  Andrea Molberg Looking for a great way to celebrate birthdays? Some pickleball players, including Sue Diericks, Judi Wilkerson, Martha Takakoshi and Debbie Masciorini mark the event with very special birthday corsages and even wear them on the court. What a great example of pickleball fun and friendship. Come join the festivities.

Pickleball volunteers make all the difference

  Andrea Molberg SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) has 763 members, a sign of the tremendous popularity of this sport and the friendliness of players on the courts. Not HOA financed, pickleball funding comes from dues and donations. SPA volunteers like Sue Diericks donate their time. Every club relies on its members to volunteer and often…

SaddleBrooke and its Pickleball Association believe in community service

  Andrea Molberg SaddleBrooke has a reputation for community service – raising money for Tucson military families, working at the Goose, staffing Kids’ Closet, getting residents to doctor’s appointments through Senior Village, serving on boards, mentoring young boys, placing abandoned pets, delivering the SaddleBrooke Progress to raise money to supply bicycles to kids, being pet therapists, etc.,…

Pickleball players bring home medals from Nationals

Andrea Molberg In early November, 1400 plus of the best Pickleball players from around the globe participated in the largest ever National Pickleball Tournament in Casa Grande. Mixed Doubles, Women’s and Men’s Doubles and Singles, along with highly entertaining Junior players as young as 10 years old made for an exciting nine days. The event…

Interesting Pickleball Partners

Andrea Molberg Pickleball is not only extremely popular, it is unique. How often do you find a sport where a former Wimbledon tennis champion can win a gold medal with a 12-year-old partner? Joanne Russell did exactly that. She partnered with the youngest 5.0 pickleball player on the planet, Jack Munro, and they took top…