Laura Gainor

Apple watchOS 7 Adds Pickleball as a Workout

It was an exciting morning for pickleball enthusiasts as word spread that our sport was officially added as a workout option with the Apple watchOS 7 update! This is a big deal and across social media you can tell by the excitement of our players that this addition to our watches means Pickleball has received…

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Ben Rhodes Races for USA Pickleball in NASCAR Truck Series

Thanks to SportMaster Sport Surfaces and Ben Rhodes, USA Pickleball took the NASCAR track on August 7th at the Michigan International Raceway for the Henry Ford Health System 200. During the race FS1’s commentators discussed the sport and announcer, Vince Welch shared his love for the sport with Michael Waltrip. With both of them being pickleball players, they…

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Learn to Visualize Your Game with Mental Training’s Zone5 Course

Top Mental Skill – Visualization Visualization (or imagery as it’s often called) is one of the most researched mental skills out there. Since imagery has been found to be one of the best ways to improve confidence, and confidence is the best indicator of future success, imagery is definitely something you want to build into…

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USA Pickleball Board Spotlight: Joe Santoro

Joe Santoro has been a USA Pickleball board member since February 2020. He first picked up the sport in 2015 playing at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Florida. In the winter he spends his time playing at Veteran’s Park in Naples and June through November he enjoys playing at Foss Field in Wolfeboro,…

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2020 Georgia USA Pickleball Ambassadors Retreat

Georgia USA Pickleball Ambassadors held their annual retreat at the Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park in Griffin, Georgia.  Following all state, county and the Department of Public Health guidelines, plans were carefully made to hold the retreat. Tyus Park is a great retreat location as it has 18 dedicated pickleball courts, four which are covered for inclement…

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Pickleball Courts with a Mighty View of Mt. Shasta

By Marian Pasela Our road to permanent pickleball courts in Mt. Shasta California (pop. 3500) was approximately a nine-year journey, starting in the spring of 2011 and culminating in the summer of 2020. Overall, it involved working with a tennis group who’d had dedicated access to the courts for over thirty years; convincing the venue’s…

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From Australia to Pictona

Like many people’s dreams, one of the best jobs to have is one that doesn’t feel like a job at all, and especially when it involved pickleball. That is exactly what Sarah Lockett, a softball athlete who moved to the states from Australia to play college softball, has found for herself in Holly Hill, Florida….

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Junior Pickleball: An Unlikely Friendship

By Robert Nibarger, USA Pickleball Junior Committee Chair Before COVID-19, a Junior pickleball duo stole the hearts of all who watched at the Hawaii Open held at Holua Tennis and Pickleball Center in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii. Kylena Paredes (12 years old) and John Greenwood (a.k.a. KonaJohnny (13 years old)) earned Silver in the 3.0 Mixed…

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Pickleball is One’s North Star Thanks to a Friend

As a 23-year-old who had just started his career in the entertainment industry, and then losing his job due to COVID-19, Yuki “Levi” Taketani never imagined it would be an early morning wakeup call to head out to the pickleball courts that would lift his spirits. Shortly after getting the news that he was furloughed,…

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Quash Pickleball Noise with Acoustifence®

TAMPA, Fla. August 6, 2020. Has this happened to your city, Pickleball club or HOA? The rapid growth of pickleball and the resulting noise is now disturbing residents from what was once a quiet neighborhood park?  “As no effective means of controlling the noise or limiting usage to control noise exist, the only practical solution…

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