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Transferring Your Skills to Pickleball

As an organization, USA Pickleball is thrilled to have an opportunity to spotlight players from around the nation as we continue to grow as one of the fastest growing sports in the country. This past month, we visited Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin to talk with Dave Weinbach and Gina Cilento about how they…

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Children’s Book “Bend Your Knees, Louise” Supports USA Pickleball

Bend Your Knees, Louise! Is a children’s picture book, written with clever rhymes by Jackie Freeman and Karen Worthy; with outstanding illustrations by Kevin Fales. For every book sold, the authors will be donating 50 cents to USA Pickleball towards our grant programs! Thank you for supporting our mission of helping our pickleball youth. In…

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Official 2021 Pickleball Rulebook Released

Effective date will be 25 January USA Pickleball and IFP have released 3 items including: the Official 2021 Rulebook, the “2021 Rules Change Document”, which lists each rule that was added or changed with explanations provided, and an Alternate Rulebook for public comment.   The Official 2021 Rulebook will become effective on January 25, 2021. “The…

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How Goal Setting Can Help Your Pickleball Game

By Kent Lindeman Each time you step onto a pickleball court, do you have goals in mind for how you’d like to perform? Do you carefully consider what you’d like to get out of that day’s match or practice?  Let’s discuss how you can incorporate goal setting techniques into all points of your play –…

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Ambassador Leadership Update

USA Pickleball Announces Key Leadership Update Steve Stone is the new Director of Ambassadors, effective October 12, 2020. Steve is a Des Moines, IA native and multi-sport enthusiast who was introduced to pickleball in 2010, as the Iowa Senior Games was looking to add the sport in their offerings. He searched to learn about the…

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Equipment Compliance Testing to begin in 2021

As the game of Pickleball continues to grow in popularity, and with substantial prize money now turning top players into traveling professionals, USA Pickleball has chosen to implement a “Compliance Testing Program” as part of their equipment approval process starting in 2021. This program shall be the basis for confirming that all manufacturers continue to…

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Local Ambassadors Partner to Create First League with Durham Parks & Recreation

For two local ambassadors, pickleball is the gateway to learning about new cultures. Nick Galvez, a USA Pickleball Ambassador, and Tracey Taylor saw an opportunity to partner with Durham Parks & Recreation to create a weekly singles and doubles league after they saw the desire from the local community. There weren’t any local courts, so…

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During the Pandemic, Pickleball Returns to Its Roots

During the past seven months with tournament play now halted by COVID 19 and with many local pickleball venues temporarily closed, one area of play has been growing exponentially, family play. The online sale of pickleball sets and portable nets has been booming.  Pickleball was invented by three dads on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in the…

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USA Pickleball Announces Pickleball Desk as their Official Referee and Volunteer Management Platform

By Terry Brown, 2019 USA Pickleball Nationals Referee Coordinator and Certified Referee and Shonda Davidson, Pickleball Desk Developer How many remember attending a pickleball tournament where everything was done with paper and pencil? If you do, chances are it was a very small tournament. With the meteoric rise of pickleball with now having almost 3.5…

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Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters Athlete Spotlight

Spotlight Provided by Lasso As the sport of Pickleball grows in popularity and participation across the country, many people are jumping onboard because off its fast-paced play and short learning curve. Lasso recognized this emerging sport as a powerful up in comer that people of all ages can play and compete and we wanted to…

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