Tag: pickleball

Pickleball Club Happenings

Mimi Blythe Giving Back: The club’s annual Toys for Goodyear Kids was held on Dec. 4, and the club’s generosity again showed. This event was a huge success! With Santa Jim Miller and Engineer Martha Urbin, members filled the Christmas train to the brim with 1,200 children’s gifts for multiple ages. The Goodyear Fire Department arrived…

PebbleCreekers Win Gold at Pickleball Nationals

Sharon Hadley PebbleCreek Pickleball Club is one of the largest pickleball clubs in the country with over 1,400 members. What that affords us is great competition among our members, but it also prepares our members to compete at the highest levels. From Dec. 7 to 14, PebbleCreek Pickleball Club had 20 of our members compete…

Greatest Show on Courts

Beth Kelly Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord will be launching the sixth annual USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) Sanctioned Tournament by delivering a welcome address to all the participants from the USA and Canada. The countries’ national anthems will be sung, and The Greatest Show on Courts will get underway. Feb. 9 (Wednesday) is Women’s Doubles. Feb. 10 (Thursday)…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka Backhand Groundstroke Quoting from Pickleball Fundamentals: Master the basics and compete with confidence by Mary Littlewood, when hitting a backhand groundstroke, “The same principles apply when you’re hitting a backhand groundstroke (as a forehand groundstroke) except that you move to the left rather than to the right (right-handed players). While some players change the…

PebbleCreek Pickleball Club News

Mimi Blythe PCPB Recognized as Community Partners—Remember the July Fourth school supply drive and social? The Avondale Elementary School District Governing Board recently recognized the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club (PCPB), represented by Constance and John Angus, as Community Partners to the school. Constance and John did a wonderful job organizing this fun social to assist our community…

Arizona Pickleball Players League News

David Zapatka The Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL) has now expanded its popular team-based pickleball league into its fifth region. After founding the first team-based pickleball league, East Valley Interclub League, in 2012 (which has grown ever since), the Arizona Pickleball Players League was formally organized as a nonprofit in 2019 by a group of…

Relishing Pickleball: Forehand and Groundstroke

David Zapatka Want some tips to help you with your forehand groundstroke? Quoting from Pickleball Fundamentals by Mary Littlewood, when hitting a forehand groundstroke, “From the moment the ball leaves the opponent’s paddle, you should be tracking its flight with your eyes to aid you in judging the speed and direction of the ball. Move to the…

Pickleball Club Happenings

Mimi Blythe Pancho Epstein Bench Dedication: Through private donations, a bench has been purchased in honor of our late friend and mentor, Pancho. A well-attended dedication of the bench happened on Oct. 10 by Court 12. Thank you, Pancho, for your years of dedication to our club. Fundraising: A super fun dance was organized by Lynn…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka Are you looking for an enriching retirement activity? Are you interested in quality exercise while having a good time? Are you interested in a social environment where you can meet friendly, fun people? Are you interested in making new friends in your community? Consider giving the fastest-growing sport in the world, pickleball, a…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka Is pickleball a good bet? The Pickleball Players Association (PPA) and Genius Sports, a publicly traded sports data and tech company, recently announced a long-term deal that sets the stage for sports betting in pickleball. Can you imagine walking into one of our local casinos, hearing raucous cheers, and seeing a pickleball match…