New pickleball courts near completion in Scottsdale

Eight new pickleball courts are expected to be ready for play by next week at Cholla Park in Scottsdale and four new courts will soon be ready for play at Scottsdale Community College.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the Cholla courts, but no information is yet available on when the courts will be open to the public.

Scottsdale Community College is scheduled to open its four new pickleball courts within the week. The college had been using two taped pickleball courts on one of its tennis courts.
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USAPA Nationals Livestream

USAPA is providing a FREE livestream broadcast of the Nationals VII Open and Senior Open Days (Nov. 13, 14, 15).  Viewers can watch matches LIVE during the broadcast times or VIDEOS ON DEMAND once matches are archived.  To view, you will need to create a free Enetlive account and then you can view using any pc, laptop, phone or tablet with a good internet connection. The broadcast on is provided free thanks to our broadcast partners!

USAPA Nationals VII Broadcast Schedule

Fri, Nov. 13:  Open & Senior Open Men’s and Women’s Doubles (1pm-7pm)           
Sat, Nov. 14:  Open & Senior Open Mixed Doubles (1pm-7pm)
Sun, Nov. 15:  Open & Senior Open Men’s and Women’s Singles (10am-4pm)

Posted end times may change.  The daily broadcast will conclude with the last gold medal match of the day.

Complete instructions for registering and viewing are on this USAPA page.

Eloy scores in pickleball

The pickleball courts at Robson Ranch will be filled with players competing in the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) 2015 Nationals VII starting this weekend.

The pickleball courts at Robson Ranch will be filled with players competing in the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) 2015 Nationals VII starting this weekend.

ELOY — “There’s something magical about it — that you can have a 30-year-old and an 80-year-old playing the same game at the same time.”

That quote was from Rusty Howes, creator, executive producer and on-air host of the Pickleball Channel at

In a way, it effectively sums up what pickleball is and explains how its popularity has boomed in the last several years.

It’s a sport that can be played by any age group, any gender and any skill level. And it’s not only fun and exciting, but a good work out too, as many players would attest.

Starting Saturday, for the first time ever, Robson Ranch in Eloy is playing host to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) 2015 Nationals VII, the nation’s premier pickleball event. Read more at…

Pickleball gaining in popularity

2015-1013-HWSG-pickleball-01Registration for pickleball players participating in the Huntsman World Senior Games normally lasts for five months; this year, however, all of the available slots had been filled within two and a half days.

“Last year it closed in three weeks so we were all kind of aware of it,” said Ivins resident, HWSG pickleball player and volunteer Sanjoy Bhattacharya. “But nobody expected it to close at noon on the third day. Lots of local players couldn’t get in.”

Even with twice the number of courts available at the Little Valley Pickleball courts — the City of St. George just last week finished work on increasing the number of courts from 12 to 24 — the number of players looking to enter the games is outstripping the available spots to play. Read more at…