Issue 1
2018

National Championships Move to Indian Wells Tennis Garden


 
On Thursday, February 1, USAPA and Desert Champions, LLC, parent company of the world-renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden, agreed to terms on a multi-year deal to host the USAPA National Championships at the facility. While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, USAPA and Desert Champions, LLC will be releasing a joint press release soon with the details.

This year, the USAPA National Championships will be held November 3-11, 2018. Indian Wells is located just outside of Palm Springs California. The facility is home to the BNP Paribas Open - the largest combined men and women's tennis tournament in the world. IWTG features the second largest tennis stadium in the world – an impressive 16,100-seat Stadium 1 – as well as a permanent 8,000-seat Stadium 2. The venue also boasts 28 world class courts and will soon be adding championship pickleball courts to the site. 

Fun in the Sun and Nights Too at the USAPA Ambassador Retreat


USAPA Vice President and Ambassador Chair CJ Jermstad finishing second in a limbo contest. No, it’s not the latest TV spot for GEICO, but some of the fun and frivolity that went on at the Ambassador Retreat in late January at Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Florida. CJ, ever the life of the party displayed some real flexibility not unlike her moves on the pickleball court and almost took the top spot in the nightly escapade. Beating her out for first place was Pam Hodgin from Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Bainbridge Cup Hits the Road

​One of the great traditions in all of sports is the opportunity for the winning National Hockey League team to take the championship trophy -- the Stanley Cup back to their hometown or any other locations where they’d like to show off the iconic hardware.
Drawing a parallel to that scenario has been the travels of the inaugural Bainbridge Cup. As of this writing, the “Cup” is south of the border in San Carlos, Mexico.
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Diplomas Are Handed Out at USAPA University

While the classroom was on the pickleball courts at Club Med, nonetheless a lot of information was offered up to approximately 50 pickleball enthusiasts as the USAPA staged its first-ever Pickleball University. With the fabulous Club Med at Sandpiper Bay resort as its campus and home, the USAPA University featured world-class instruction from some of the sport’s top players.
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Cooler Arizona Climate is Ideal for New Pickleball Facility

While the desert climate of Phoenix is perfect weather for pickleball action about nine months of the year, travel north an hour and a half and Prescott might just be the perfect locale for year-round play for one of the country’s fastest growing sports.
About seven years ago, Prescott had approximately 250 pickleball players. Now that number has ballooned to almost 2,500 and the number of players keeps growing. But, like many communities throughout the United States, courts were either not available or were on private property and had a fee attached, sometimes an exorbitant one.
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St. Jude Children’s Hospital and USAPA – Making Lives Better for Children

Since 2016, the USAPA designated St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the national charity partner for the organization. The USAPA has committed to setting goals and raising funds each year to benefit the children of St. Jude. So far, the USAPA has raised almost $20,000 from regional tournaments, national events, and other initiatives, including the recent $4,735 raised at the annual Ambassador Retreat.
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Lower Extremity Injuries: Things to Consider to Stay Healthy!

Noe Sariban, PT, DPT

Sport-related injuries are considered commonplace in athletics. It is estimated that sports injuries account for about 20% of all emergency department visits in children aged 6-19, and over 2 million adults will receive treatment for injuries related sports participation each year. Pickleball is no exception. Injuries occur, keeping players away from this addicting game we cannot get enough of.
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Octogenarian picks pickleball, treadmill to stay fit

Story and photos by Raquel Hendrickson

Bryan Mitchell will be 89 years old in April. A retired executive, he takes physical fitness seriously. On his own or with new friends, he has a fitness regimen for every week day.
"I watch my diet so that I get the right foods, but I don't necessarily cut back on the sweets, so I gotta keep working at it,” he said.
A resident of the Redwood neighborhood of Glennwilde, Mitchell came to Maricopa after his 2015 retirement. It was actually his second retirement.
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USAPA Newsletter - Issue 1