Tag: Pickleball

Ed Robson Donates $200,000 for New Pickleball Courts

Raymond H. Goettsch With great gratitude, SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association Inc. (SPA) has announced that Ed Robson has made a most generous donation of $200,000 to assist in the expansion of pickleball at SaddleBrooke. Mr. Robson previously donated the upper parking lot adjacent to the Ridgeview courts to SaddleBrooke TWO for SPA members’ use for vehicle…

SPA Plans Use of Eight New Courts

Raymond H. Goettsch The board of directors of the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) met on March 16. Gary Stevens reported that a court allocation committee has been established to create court schedules for the forthcoming 14 pickleball courts at the Ridgeview location. The committee’s goal is to maximize the use of the courts by SPA…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka The Volley Continuing our study of Pickleball Fundamentals Master the basics and compete with confidence by Mary Littlewood, “A volley is a shot hit in the air before the ball bounces. It is used as a return of a ball that travels close to the top of the net and that is usually hit…

Clubs Step Up Giving Tennis Shoes for the Homeless

Jerry Fay The SaddleBrooke Ranch Pickleball Association has joined the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association and the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club as part of the Tennis Shoes for the Homeless Program. A big thank you goes to Kim Ahlgrim-Heine, current president of the SaddleBrooke Ranch Pickleball Association, for setting up the program. Over the past four years, the…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka USA Pickleball National Championships The USA National Pickleball Championships were held for the third time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., this past December. With 2,342 players competing in 3,944 matches in 172 brackets, it was the largest tournament in the history of pickleball. More than $70,000 in prize…

Brian Komar and Krista Kunz Sponsor a Pickleball Court

Raymond H. Goettsch With sincere appreciation, the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association, Inc. (SPA) announces that Brian Komar and Krista Kunz have made a generous donation to assist in the expansion of pickleball at SaddleBrooke. For this sponsorship donation, SPA has designated court 7 as the Brian Komar and Krista Kunz court. Brian and Krista are “snowbirds”…

2022 Changes to Pickleball Rules Announced

Raymond H. Goettsch The changes to the USA Pickleball rules have been announced. Probably the most important rule changes relate to the serve. The “chainsaw” serve The rules now prohibit the so-called “chainsaw” serve. Under this change, a player may only use his/her non-paddle hand to toss the pickleball for the serve. In other words, the…

Construction Has Commenced for Eight More Pickleball Courts

Raymond H. Goettsch On Dec. 9, the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) began the construction of eight more pickleball courts off Ridgeview Blvd. next to the existing six courts built in 2012. The long-awaited construction was initiated by the celebratory shoveling of dirt. Everyone present had the opportunity to be part of the process by taking…

SPA Members Partied the Holidays

Raymond H. Goettsch SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SPA) members enjoyed SPA’s annual holiday party in the MountainView Ballroom on the evening of Dec. 1. The festive party was organized by SPA Social Director Donna Hollingsworth, and she was assisted at the party by Jen Wilkins, Pat Carney, and Lexi Phillips. Nearly 100 members and guests attended…