Pickleball Events, Tournaments, Schedules & Classes
Operating as usual
The City of Phoenix and Pecos Park has posted some flyers at the Pecos courts for a survey that we will be running for the next month.
They are trying to get some data to see what type of players utilize the courts and find out what type of programming people might be interested in. Here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7CCXQDJ. Feel free to pass it around to whomever.
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[12/08/20] Again the mayor shut down all pickleball, so no leagues, no organized play, no classes at least until February...but she allows tennis tournament and league play at the park where the Phoenix Tennis Center is...whats up with that hypocracy.
Good news today, the city has opened up pickleball classes starting next week. I do believe those classes were full before the shutdown, I will be adding semi-private lesson through Pecos.
I'm also teaching a few classes at Tempe Sports Complex to ease the demand for more classes.
Contact the Pecos Community Center to inquire about schedules for all classes.
I spoke to the instructor at Tempe Sports Complex and they are still offering classes. They do not fill up as fast as Pecos Park, so you should be able to get into them without much waiting. Here is the link: Search Pickleball if asked. Tempe Sports Complex is located at 8503 S. Hardy, which is just north of Warner, about 5 minutes from Pecos Park. https://apm.activecommunities.com/tempeopportunities/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=pickleball&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities
[10/28/20] Unfortunate city decision has canceled all scheduled city park activities, both indoor and outdoor...specifically classes, clinics and round robins that were scheduled by the city. The courts are open, just can't have any organized events....we are back to where we were two weeks ago...it does not effect APPL league play.
arizonapickleballplayersleague.org Arizona Pickleball Players League is focused on bringing Competitive Team Based League Pickleball Throughout Arizona.
Pecos Park Pickleball Schedule: Go to https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&viewMode=list and search pickleball to see the links and sign up
New Beginners Class (Nov 2-Nov 11) Each Monday and Wednesday 6-8pm
If you have never played and want to get on the courts, this is a perfect starting class for you. We meet for 2 weeks each Monday and Wednesday to go over the rules of the game, basic play, and strategy. You will learn ways to improve your game through drills and exercises. The instructor provides balls and paddles for use and discussed what to look for in a paddle. We go over safety concerns and play in a very controlled environment.
Advanced Beginners Class (Nov 16-30) Each Monday and Wednesday except for the 25th 6-8pm
If you know some things about the game and played a few times and want to understand how to improve this is a great class. Here you will learn more about the various shots, court positioning and timing on when to take the shot in certain situations. You will come away with consistent serve and return, and the anatomy of the point, what shots to hit and where to hit them. Pickleball is a game of patience and shot selection, rather than trying to overpower the ball you will learn about placement of your shot and how to defend against the notorious hard hitters.
Intermediate Class (Dec 7-16) Each Monday and Wednesday 6-8pm
You have playing awhile, mainly fun recreational play, but now you want to be a more challenging player and improve your skills. This class is designed to bring your game to the next level…perfect for those that want to play in leagues or tournaments. We focus on the variety of shots and how to execute them with greater consistency. The class is designed to focus on the mechanics of your game, becoming a better doubles partner and how to create opportunities to form a winning strategy. Most players reach a certain level on their own, they are hard hitters with one thing in mind, ending the point, this class will teach you how to beat the hard hitters and a more steady game and setting up your opponent to end the point at the right time.
Semi-Private Classes Weekday sessions start at 6:30pm and Saturday Session start at 9am
2 hours of intensive class for the small group of friends or family. (up to 4 people)
By popular demand we are offering an array of singe day classes to focus on various aspects of the game. You design it and we work on it, whether it be how to defend better, have better shots, better and more consistent serves, a focus on the mechanics, the class is designed perfectly for the needs of the player.
Semi-Private sessions are offered Oct 26th, Oct 28th, Oct 31st, Nov 14, Nov 28th , Dec 12th
Intro to Pickleball One day sessions for all ages. Dates offered are: Oct 29th, Nov 12th, Dec 3rd, and Dec 17th
This is a short one-day variant of the beginner’s class, a single 2-hour session designed to get you into the game fast and playing the same day. We spent the first part of the class with basic rules and shots, working on serves, returns and overall positioning. The second part of the class we start playing the game, so within the first hour you are playing pickleball. At the end of the session you will have the confidence to participate in on going games, have an idea of what to look for in paddles and a better appreciation on why pickleball is so popular and fun. The instructor provides balls and paddles.
Class Registration Starts Tonight at 6:30pm for beginners, intermediate and private group lessons.
Sign up through the following link and search pickleball. https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&viewMode=list
First private group lessons (several are being offered) start Oct 26th) these are in high demand.
Beginners class starts Nov 2 (evening class) every Monday and Wednesday for two weeks.
We will also have 3 round robin events, prizes will be awarded.
More info forthcoming...first come first serve on the classes as sizes are limited.
GOOD NEWS Pickleball Classes are coming back to Pecos Park.
We will be offering group classes for beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate level players. We will also offer private and semi-private (small group) lessons as well as 2 hour sessions on an intro to pickleball if you just want to get started.
New for this season will be sessions for families and kids, as well as several round robin events.
The schedule will be available through the City of Phoenix Parks and Rec site, (we will provide links as soon as they are available).
All classes and round robins are open on a first come-first serve basis.
Later in November we will be releasing the 2021 Winter/Spring Schedule.
Just added some helpful documents and ideas on how to present pickleball to your city or community, both the paper and PowerPoint address how to overcome objections to court builds. https://www.phoenixpickleball.com/papers-documents
phoenixpickleball.com Over the last 5 years I and a group of pickleball players meet with various cities in the Phoenix Metro are to discuss the need for pickleball courts, the growth of the game and ways to add amenities that satisfy the community.
The Gilbert Courts, 16 outdoor courts at Higley and Queen Creek are now open.
The courts opened this am, and are in Gilbert Arizona.
Courts are free to play, drop in open play and become part of the over 60 courts in the SE Phoenix Metro area built over the last 2 years
Lights are LED and open to 10pm
City of Phoenix as well as other cities in the State of Arizona are passing mandatory masks laws for people to wear. There are exceptions:
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As announced last week, I had left the USAPA Ambassador Program and my position of Regional Education Ambassador.
The 5 plus years as an ambassador had me involved in several court construction projects with the cities in Metro Phoenix, Development of the Youth Education program, which became the back bone of the Youth Pickleball Playbook, and development of recreational programs which became the Community Engagement Guide for recreational pickleball.
In order to move programs further on an international level, as well as the local state, regional and district levels, I decided to take up an offer from the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) in the role of Director of Education and Youth Programs.
IFP is the World Governing Body for the Sport of Pickleball and was established to perpetuate the development and growth of the sport throughout the world. The IFP’s goal is to introduce pickleball to all nations.
My wife, Susan Manolis, has also accepted the role of Ambassador at Large.
For more information on the IFP visit the site at IFPickleball.org
Currently their are 25 member countries within the IFP, including the USAPA and Pickleball Canada.
I am very pleased to be part of the IFP and to continue to introduce our youth in the game of pickleball.
Pickleball Classes will be returning to Pecos in September.
What type of classes would you like to see and what part if the day.
Offers of classes will be Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Classes.
Clinics, Round Robins, Better Partnership classes and more.
Let us know what you would like to see.
[04/23/20] Hoping that all 16 courts get opened May 1. Courts get a little crowded, and still the only ones available in the area.
Most outdoor park amenities remain open, pickleball and tennis are included...please read the latest statement from the City of Phoenix guidlines which support National and State park association guidelines.
City of Phoenix, AZ USA encourages residents to use parks safely while physical distancing. Print and download the guidelines here: http://ow.ly/s8VX50z2An9.
nrpa.org NRPA continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are committed to helping our members take the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of this virus, and others, in the parks and public spaces they manage. Learn more about NRPA's response to coronavirus...
March 31 Update
Latest from City of Phoenix Parks and Rec
The City of Phoenix, AZ USA has temporarily closed all playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within its public parks.
All city parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and pickleball courts. Please practice responsible physical distancing. https://bit.ly/2wIFyhJ
Selkirk is coming out with a brand new line of Performance Paddles, and as a dealer for the SE Phoenix Metro Area I will soon have the entire line to demo, and will carry these in stock as soon as they are available. Reach out to try them through my email at [email protected] ...in the meantime, enjoy the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SYk9yVbYAM&feature=youtu.be&__s=cjrgn1s3vxtpf3sgruqy
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[11/26/19] Happy to see the Grand Canyon Games come to Pecos Park Feb 5-9
4 years ago we began a relationship with the City of Phoenix Parks and Rec. It took the better part of 3 years to get the 24 courts we enjoy at Pecos Park...That relationship also helped get courts in Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale and soon Gilbert. Park people do talk to each other and make suggestions, and help us build further relationships.
This year we have gotten the city to refurbish courts at G.R. Herberger Park it would include new pickleball courts.
We then asked for a refurbishment of Western Star Park which is very close to most of us.
The city has released a survey link to measure the interest in converting one or both of the courts at Western Star...following are my comments about the survey and a link to the survey itself.
Please fill it out a let's continue the growth of pickleball.
COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department needs your input on the re-surfacing and design of the Western Star tennis courts. Please use the link to complete the 4 minute survey.
One recommendation, is to ask for both tennis courts to be converted to pickleball instead of one. The reasoning is that there are several unoccupied tennis courts at Desert Foothills, Ahwautukee Rec Center, Sun Ray Park and Pecos Park. And they are all within 5 minutes of each other. Please Share and thank you.
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The APPL Has Launched!
On Friday July 19th, 2019 the inaugural season of the Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL) was officially launched. Following last year’s extremely successful pilot program the APPL Core Committee agreed to expand the concept of team based league pickleball statewide.
The APPL was formed to provide infrastructure and leadership for the operation and expansion of amatuer competitive team based pickleball leagues for men, women, boys and girls throughout the state of Arizona. The APPL Core believes there are thousands of players that would like to enjoy organized team based competitive pickleball as an alternative or an addition to the already established tournament infrastructure. It is APPL’s objective to bring a standardized team based league format to Arizona and eventually nationally to fill this void.
Teams Are Registering Now!
Registration has begun for teams in the Southern Region (SAPPL based in Casa Grande) and the East Valley Region (Red APPL, EVIL and Green APPL based in the Phoenix Metro East Valley). A West Valley Region is planned for next season followed by a Northern Region. The leagues have divisions for men’s and women’s doubles with levels from beginners through advanced. Group levels are: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5/5.0+. A mixed doubles division is planned to be added in the 2021 season. The East Valley Interclub League (EVIL) is in its eighth season and is now a part of the APPL. It will continue to have mixed doubles.
Over 100 teams are expected to participate in APPL’s first season with matches starting in early January 2020 and continuing through March. Each team will play a home and away match against each of the other teams in its Group level. Rosters typically include 10-14 players with the captain fielding a team of 6 players (3 doubles teams) on each match day. The 3 doubles teams will play each of the opposing team’s doubles teams in a round robin format of 3 rounds playing 2 games to 11 against each team in each round.
For more information go to the APPL website at: arizonapickleballplayersleague.org
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