Pickleball Training Program at Victorium in North Scottsdale.

Dee Davison has announced a new Pickleball Training Program at Victorium, the new sports complex in North Scottsdale. In addition to player skill development clinics, she will be offering training sessions to club leaders, instructors, tournament managers and/or ambassadors of the sport.
Schedule of pickleball events for January
Schedule of pickleball events for February

City of Phoenix Pickleball Schedule January thru May 2017

Gyms are closed on City Holidays, (Jan 2, 16, Feb 20, Mar 31, May 29) but Parks are always open.

Encanto is closed if courts are wet and reopened after 5pm, if courts are dry.  See details on USAPA.org/places-to-play-pickleball

Last chance to call the City of Phoenix regarding the so called “Shared Use Courts” trial before the one-year “pilot program” ends in March See the schedule for January-May 2017.

Please call 602-262-6575 to give comments that tennis courts without painted pickleball lines is not a fair trial of the demand for outdoor pickleball nor the reaction of tennis players.   Please state your opinion about the need for more outdoor pickleball courts and on which tennis courts, if any, you would like to see (a trial for) painted pickleball court lines.

Submitted by Mary Travis

Pickleball fever spreads across Sedona

Posse Grounds Park in SedonaOne of the least known yet fastest growing sports in the nation has a place to call home in Sedona.

The Sedona Pickleball Club, which plays at Posse Grounds Park, is a group of players who have been playing for one to three years, and mostly consists of players from the Baby Boomer generation.

“Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America,” Bob McCormick, a member and club ambassador to the USA Pickleball Association, said. “It shouldn’t be viewed as slow tennis. It’s actually faster than tennis at the ‘kitchen’ line.” Read more at redrocknews.com…

Cimarron court conversion to pickleball underway in SC Grand

Conversion construction of the Cimarron Center tennis courts to pickleball hit the one month mark today in Sun City Grand.

The $161,000 project began Nov. 7 after receiving final funding approval from Grand’s community association board at its Oct. 13 meeting. The board voted 5-2 for the funding with Larry Marden and John Such voting against it.

On April 14, the board voted the same way to convert the three tennis courts into 10 pickleball courts, dedicating the Cimarron Center to pickleball and the Chaparral Center to tennis. The pickleball club had worked for this arrangement since 2011. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

Pickleball pioneers in Arizona Traditions laid groundwork for game’s growth

Ed Hamer and Earl Hill helped bring pickleball to Arizona in 1999.

Ed Hamer and Earl Hill helped bring pickleball to Arizona in 1999.

The Arizona Traditions active adult community is not the birthplace of pickleball. That would be Bainbridge Island near Seattle — all the way back in 1965.

It is not where the game began in Arizona, or even in Surprise. Neighboring Happy Trails had a small core group of players by the mid 1980s.

But the spark for the game’s explosive growth was lit by a small group of pickleball pioneers in this gated community in the northwest corner of the Northwest Valley. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

Surprise Firefighters play pickleball as SPA donates to charity

Pictured from left to right are Surprise firefighters Kevin Johnston and Louis D’Angelo, Surprise Pickleball Association members Jeff Stone and Bob Barczak (holding the check), and firefighters Jeff Zamora and Randy Frassetto. The SPA led a tournament for the firefighters and presented a $2,000 check to the Surprise Firefighters Charity Fund.

Pictured from left to right are Surprise firefighters Kevin Johnston and Louis D’Angelo, Surprise Pickleball Association members Jeff Stone and Bob Barczak (holding the check), and firefighters Jeff Zamora and Randy Frassetto. The SPA led a tournament for the firefighters and presented a $2,000 check to the Surprise Firefighters Charity Fund.

On Nov. 19 the Surprise Pickleball Association and AZCA Printing sponsored a mini tournament for four firefighters from Fire Station 305 (Greenway Road and Parkview Place).
SPA Vice President Marlene Berwald conceptualized the idea and coordinated the event for the purpose of donating $2,000 to the Surprise Firefighters Charity Fund. Bob Barczak from Sun City Grand was the official referee of the four-man round robin, and the audience picked their favorite player and cheered them on during the tournament. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

City, Grayhawk partner to build 3 pickleball courts at Thompson Peak Park

A view of one of the new pickleball court at Thompson Peak Parkway

A view of one of the new pickleball court at Thompson Peak Parkway

Pickleball is a sport that is gaining popularity across the country, and the city of Scottsdale has found creative ways to meet demand.

In December of 2014 the city converted two tennis courts at Cholla Park into eight lighted pickleball courts. The courts have been well received by the public, with high daily usage and more players learning the sport, according to a press release.

Earlier this year the Grayhawk Community Association approached the city of Scottsdale about possibly adding pickleball courts at Thompson Peak Park, located at Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road. Read more at scottsdaleindependent.com…

CG resort hosts hundreds for national pickleball tourney

CAS110516casagrandeA GRANDE — Most senior communities attract residents seeking peace and quiet, to get away from the big crowds in order to relax and enjoy their retirement. They sure wouldn’t like to bring in over 1,000 people from around the country to take part in an intense, immense competition.

The residents at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande are different. In fact, they might be the opposite. They have united for months of preparation and thousands of volunteer hours to welcome in the biggest event in the U.S. for a little-known but fast-growing sport: pickleball.

“It’s actually a draw,” said Donna Christiansen, a park resident and president of the Palm Creek Pickleball Club. “This is crazy. We moved here in 2001, and there wasn’t pickleball at the time. Now we have 900 members. It’s very addictive, and once you get wrapped up in it you want to be near it. You want to live somewhere you can play it a lot.” Read more at http://www.pinalcentral.com/…