May 2013  e-Newsletter 

In this issue...

From the Editors...

In this issue author Harry Carpenter gets into the meat of how to use your subconscious to improve your pickleball play and in ED Corner USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof writes about USAPA’s presence on Facebook. Chris Thomas offers the top ten excuses people give for not refereeing at tournaments; Diane Reynolds shares the details of her Pickleball Road Trip – playing in 16 states over 18 months – and in Bits and Pieces we learn about the tie between pickleball and Tai Chi. Fitness columnist Barbara Wintroub writes about the psoas and back pain, Mark Friedenberg announces the new player rating schedule and in Rules Review Dennis Dacey shares tips for keeping the service sequence straight. As we welcome springtime and the snowbird population begins its annual migration northward, play on outdoor courts across the country is blossoming into summer form. Take every opportunity to play the game, stay fit and have fun…
       Your Editors, Lynn & Linda Laymon,

The Mind Game...
Watch Consciously; Hit Unconsciously… 
By Harry Carpenter

Your conscious mind can only do, or think of, one thing at a time, whereas your subconscious mind can literally do trillions of things at a time. It follows that smooth, coordinated (good-looking) strokes, are executed with your subconscious mind. You have practiced your pickleball strokes until they are ingrained in your subconscious and they have become habits. Since your strokes are now habits, you don’t have to consciously think about them. All you have to do is get your conscious mind out of the way and “let” your subconscious play the ball.

Getting your conscious mind out of the way and “letting” your subconscious play is not always easy. Your conscious mind has an ego that thinks it knows better, so it wants to be in control. Two bads happen when it takes charge of your pickleball play. One, you can’t play well when you are thinking, “I’ve gotta hit a winner; Should I hit a dink or smash it? Why did I hit that last shot into the net? That was dumb; What’s the matter with me? Look at all those people watching me.” Two, and even worse, you start thinking about winning or losing. These thoughts introduce some degree of fear -- the fear of losing or the fear of being embarrassed. Any aspect of fear undermines confidence and sends your game down the tubes.

Here’s how to get your conscious mind out of the way: use your conscious mind’s limitation (i.e., that it can only think of one thing at a time) to your advantage. Keep your conscious mind preoccupied with watching the ball. Your conscious mind’s job is exclusively to focus on the ball. Think, ball as you watch it. Be aware of its flight path, its velocity, etc. If you concentrate on the ball, your conscious mind cannot interfere with your inner athlete, your subconscious. In a nutshell, when your conscious mind is focused on the ball, your subconscious mind is free to make that perfect shot.

Editors’ Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles on the mental side of pickleball -- how to play to the best of your ability; how to improve your game while reclining in an easy chair; how to play in the “zone”; what you should be thinking about -- and not thinking about -- during play, and more. Harry W Carpenter is author of The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind -- How It Works and How to Use It, a manual about using your subconscious mind to achieve success, health, prosperity, and peace of mind. The manual has sold greater than 75,000 copies and is published in nine languages.
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E.D. Corner…
‘Like’ USAPA on Facebook – Why?
By Justin Maloof, USAPA Executive Director

Love it or hate it, social media sites such as Facebook have become a pervasive influence on our daily lives. Social media is playing a big role in how people interact with each other and that will not slow down anytime soon. As the importance of social media grows, have you ever thought about exactly why we are being asked to ‘Like’ a Facebook page? Let’s explore a few reasons why it’s beneficial:

Brand Affiliation
Nearly 40 percent of consumers ‘Like’ companies on Facebook because it’s an easy way to publicly display their brand affiliation to their friends and family. It demonstrates what they enjoy and what they are most interested in.
A Sense of Community
Facebook pages can quickly build a community or a group. People like to feel they are a part of something unique and special and that usually comes from being a part of a community or special group of people who share their interest. And the more followers we have, the more attractive we become to potential sponsors.
A Source of Information
People like to stay up-to-date on the activities and happenings of the pages they ‘Like’. They enjoy reading relevant news stories, looking at event photos and watching videos. Facebook is a very visual medium.
Active Participation
Getting information from a page is great, but those who ‘Like’ a page can become part of the ‘community’ by leaving comments on news posts, photos and videos. They can also post their own content or share photos of a related event they were involved in. Sharing information with others on the page is a tremendous way to connect with likeminded individuals and gauge the popularity of certain topics. Did you know that USAPA has a Facebook page? We do and it’s starting to grow! Here’s the link so you can check it out:

We want the USAPA Facebook page to become a repository for pickleball events and news from across the country and encourage you to join us. Even if you’re not on Facebook but have a pickleball story or photo for the Facebook page, please forward it to and we will post it for you. However, continue to send newsletter submissions to

Now that you’ve seen our page, I invite all USAPA members to join us and click Like; it’s easy. Under the header photo, look for the Like button, click it and enjoy! 


Pickleball Road Trip…
Submitted by Diane Reynolds, Sebring, Florida

Road Trip! USAPA Website/Places to Play -- my ticket to adventure! One of the most wonderful byproducts of a USAPA membership is a list of places to play pickleball all over the U.S., Canada and other countries. On a trip that was to take me 1,800 miles from Sebring, Fla. to Santa Fe, N.M., I was excited to route my travel to play in as many states as possible without going totally out of my way. Wow! I had so much fun that each time I go anywhere in the car I do a quick look-up to see where I can play in the direction I am traveling.

Favorites, of course, were St. George, Utah for the Huntsman World Senior Games, and Buckeye, Ariz., for the USAPA Nationals. But how about the Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City, and the Catholic Church in Bradenton, Fla.? Where I grew up in Pennsylvania, churches did not house gyms or I would have become much more religious! African American, Chinese American, and Jewish cross-cultural experiences enriched me in Little Rock, Ark., Baton Rouge, La., and Mobile, Ala. The altitude at 6,000 feet in Colorado Springs and 7,000 feet in Santa Fe left me gasping for oxygen. A liberal dose of mosquito repellent was needed on a converted basketball court in Fryeburg, Maine. I played at a private home in Georgia where the gracious hosts had turned their backyard tennis courts into a pickle Mecca for players from miles around. Most places charged nothing; I paid 25 cents in Baton Rouge and three dollars in Little Rock, which was immediately returned to me since I was a welcomed guest.

In 18 months I have served, dinked and lobbed in 16 states and Canada. The contact people in each state are amazing, sending directions ("turn at the water tower") and encouraging me to come out and play with them. I felt totally at home from Meadow Vista, Calif. to Freedom, N.H. Road trip! Pack the paddle, click Places to Play and let the fun begin!
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Top Ten Reasons for Not Refereeing…
Submitted by Chris Thomas, USAPA Regional Director, West

In the spirit of David Letterman’s Top 10 List, here are actual reasons (excuses) players have given for not being able to ref:

10.        Not trained
9.          Too nervous
8.          Afraid to make a mistake
7.          Don’t ref on days I compete
6.          Medical condition
5.          Voice not loud enough
4.          Interferes with my readiness-to-play routine
3.          Vertigo
2.          Can’t stand conflict
1.          You can’t pay me enough to do that

Bits and Pieces...

Friendship Pickleballs…
Submitted by Beverly Youngren, Fallbrook, California  

Nadine McKay shared a wonderful idea with her pickleball pals at Happy Trails Resort in Surprise, Ariz., -- making Friendship Balls from broken pickleballs. These balls can be used as toys, decoration, pet playthings, fun gifts, etc. Nadine sends them to her daughter, who is a Peace Corps volunteer in an African village. Won’t the children be thrilled with these balls!

In case you’d like to make some, here’s the supply list: Yarn and darning needle, skein of inexpensive colorful yarn, scissors and broken pickleballs. Each skein will make four to five balls. Wrap the ball about five times to create a form. Use the blanket stitch and fill each section. Or wrap the center of the ball and then do a blanket stitch consistently, each row becoming smaller until the end. Don’t worry if you miss a stitch, this is not rocket science technology! This is a project that does not require perfection; just enjoy going green! And know that you will put a smile on a child’s face! 

The Tai of Pickleball…
Submitted by Hubert Townsend , USAPA Ambassador, Central Wyoming
My ambassador job is to teach our new members, most of whom are over 60 years old. I have discovered that our senior center provides a free Tai Chi class and that this ancient art really helps with balance. Having taken a few months of the class I have found that my balance has improved and that many of its principles directly apply to playing pickleball, especially with economy of motion, position and mental concentration. We now have several of our members reaping the benefits of the class and thereby becoming better players, which means they enjoy our sport even more. I highly recommend the ancient art of Tai Chi to all who want to become better pickleball players.


USAPA Grants at Work at Trinity Christian School
Submitted by Claudia and Bob Atherton, USAPA Ambassadors, Prescott, Arizona
We introduced pickleball to 40, 9- and 10-year-old students at Trinity Christian School in Prescott, Ariz. A USAPA grant, along with financial support of the Willow Hills Pickleball Club, helped purchase textbooks, balls and paddles. Classes were taught during the kids’ gym period for a period of about one month.Three classroom sessions covered the USAPA Code of Conduct and basic rules of the game in addition to the layout of the court. This was followed by hands-on training on three indoor courts. Then it was back to the classroom for a graduation ceremony. Certificates of completion were given to each student; the swearing-in ceremony included a pledge to follow the USAPA Code of Conduct and rules of pickleball. 

Crazy Pickleball…
Submitted by Joe Korpics, Summerfield, Florida

One day in 2009, while sitting around after playing pickleball, Roger Fromme began musing with other players. What if we used two adjacent courts, extended the no-volley lines between courts, used both courts at once, and had six to eight players on each side? Voila, Crazy Pickleball was born. Every year, at Del Webb’s Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club (a 55 and better community), in Summerfield, Fla., during the Senior Games for Charity, Roger has a Crazy Pickleball tournament. Standard pickleball rules apply, except the serve does not have to go into the diagonal receiving area, it can go anywhere on the other side, between the non-volley line and the end line. Server rotation is similar to a volleyball rotation. Tournament play is flexible. It can be two of three games to a match, or one game to 15, and can be single or double elimination. The Crazy Pickleball tournament has had large attendance every year and continues to be a favorite among SCGCC pickleball players.

Corkscrew Picklers Get Courts…
Submitted by Jane A. Niehaus, President, Corkscrew Picklers, Estero, Florida

In just one year pickleball has grown to 80-plus players in Corkscrew Woodlands in Estero, Fla. The Corkscrew Picklers celebrated with their first annual picnic on March 21. Just one week earlier, pickleball lines were painted on the courts to provide multi-use courts in the park -- two tennis courts provided four pickleball courts. The club experienced controversy, as have many communities, trying to manage the demand for courts. With only two tennis courts for a 640-site park, there was considerable push back from tennis players, many that had resided in the park for decades. The pickleball players organized and the group was awarded a grant from USAPA for equipment. Interest grew as a result of a presentation at the Activities Fair and articles in the Woodlander newsletter. Experienced picklers taught weekly classes for new players each Friday -- folks love the fun and friendly sport. As a result, our board of directors voted to allow permanent lines to be painted on the formerly tennis-only courts. The charcoal colored lines are not obtrusive to tennis players and picklers have more freedom to practice, host pick-up games and have more fun! Don't give up on multi-use courts in your park. Let us know how we can help! Contact: Jane A. Niehaus, 513-236-5263.
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Sound Off…
Reader Feedback
Stop Letting Referees Be Involved…
In the April article, When a Double Negative Is Positive, the author is correct when he states, "In tournament play the referee typically does not call the score until the receiver is in position and ready to receive the serve.” I would like to point out that it is the referee's job to see that the receiver is in position and the server's responsibility to make sure that the receiver is ready. There are far too many referees who slow the pace of play beyond what is reasonable by waiting until all players are ready before calling the score. After all, calling the score just starts the 10 second count. Let's let the players determine the pace of play and stop letting the referees be involved in the match.
Jim McPherson, Ambassador at Large.
Editors’ Note: The views expressed in the Sound Off column are not necessarily those of the editors or USAPA.  

Schedule Established for Updating Player Ratings …
By Mark Friedenberg, USAPA Ratings Chair

The USAPA Player Ratings database is designed to maintain a skill level rating for all tournament players, whether USAPA members or not. Ratings are primarily based upon sanctioned USAPA tournament play and are established by the USAPA Ratings Committee and/or at the advice of Tournament Directors. Effective immediately, scheduled updates to the database will take place three times a year: April 1, August 1 and December 1. In addition to this schedule, ratings will be updated upon special request and for players that have self-rated or been rated too low and are playing well above their current rating.
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Rules Review:
Service Sequence Rules
By Dennis Dacey, USAPA Rules Chair

This month I address the service sequence rules for doubles. I’m getting many questions on this from what I assume to be new players. Service Sequence is covered in IFP Rules Sections 5.B.; it’s important to read each section of 5.B. if you are unfamiliar with the proper sequence to follow.

My advice to beginners is do what is done in tournaments. Have the first server of the game for each team wear something – typically a red band of some sort -- on their wrist or ankle to designate them as the first server for that team. Each side will have one person with this identification; so it’s easy for all to see who the first server on each team was. Now all you need to do is make sure that when your team’s score is even – 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 -- the person with the band is on the right-hand side of the court, whether serving or receiving. When your team’s score is odd -- 1,3, 5, 7, 9 -- the person with the band should be on the left-hand side and the proper first server or receiver for that possession will be the person without the band. It is important that you understand all 10 of the rules under Section 5.B. Using the band method to identify the first server of the game on each team will make it easy to follow the proper service sequence. 
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Places to Play…

Pickleball in Fort Myers, Florida
Submitted by Deborah Johnson, Pickleball Coordinator, Province Park, Fort Myers, Florida
Province Park is a gated community in east Fort Myers, Fla. We play pickleball on a tennis court behind the community building at 3555 Province Park Blvd. Using one portable net, we play on Tues. and Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Thanks to a USAPA grant, we have enough equipment for four players. Many of us have purchased our own paddles and have committed to spreading the word on how much fun it is to play pickleball. Province Park was recently purchased by a new developer and we have a verbal commitment for one of the tennis courts to be converted permanently into four pickleball courts. Anyone interested in playing at Province Park should contact Deborah Johnson at for further information and a gate pass.

Pickleball in Guatemala…
Submitted by Bill Holt, Omaha, Nebraska

Let’s add a new place to play pickleball in Central America -- San Andrés Sajcabajá, Guatemala. Missionary Norm Sutton was on furlough in Omaha, Nebr., last December, when he learned about pickleball. Norm became very interested in having pickleball available to teach the young people, staff and volunteers at the orphanage in Guatemala where he serves. Members of our pickleball club in Omaha provided funds for Norm to buy a net, paddles and balls. Although the court lines are yet to be painted, the young people at the orphanage are enjoying the new sport of pickleball. Contact: Norm Sutton in Guatemala at


New Public Courts in Goodyear, Arizona… 
Submitted by Ron Wilks, USAPA Ambassador, Goodyear, Arizona.


There are hardly any public courts in Ariz. Courts are in private communities, which leaves out many ongoing and potential players. I worked with the Goodyear Recreational Division to line a court at the Goodyear Tennis Complex and we now have a retrofitted tennis court with permanent lines. It is available mornings, days and evenings on a first come, first served basis. Players using this court must comply with current tennis court usage. Contact: Ron Wilks, 623-266-9858,

No Dumb Questions...
Serving and the Imaginary Extension
Submitted by Jim Russell

Question:  At the beginning of the serve, and before the ball is struck, can the server have his foot outside the imaginary extension of the outside court line, so long as both feet are inside the line at the time the ball is struck?
Answer:  The answer Jim, is defined in IFP Rule 4.B. Server Position. At the beginning of the serve, both feet must be behind the baseline. At the time the ball is struck, at least one foot must be on the playing surface or ground behind the baseline and the server's feet may not touch the playing surface in an area outside the confines of the serving area. The serving area is defined as the area behind the baseline and on or between the imaginary lines extended from the court centerline and each sideline. (revised April 1, 2011). 

The key here is the proviso at the time the ball is struck. The server can line up outside the imaginary extension of the side or center line, but must be on or inside those lines when the ball is struck.

Reasons to Play in a Tournament…
Submitted by Kathy Getto, Boise Area Pickleball Association, Boise, Idaho
Recently I flew to Phoenix to play in a pickleball tournament with my sister. This was the second tournament for each of us, but our first tournament playing together. We had a great time. It’s a bit scary at first to go to a tournament, but the benefits are many. Here are my top five reasons you should play in a pickleball tournament:
5. Make your kids listen to your sports stories. 
For years I have listened to my kids’ sports stories. Now it’s my turn. I tell them about my playing: how I’m doing, what the scores were, etc.

4. See how others play.
When you play with your local group, you’re doing just that -- playing. And that’s a good thing. But at a tournament you’ll have some downtime when you are not playing. This makes a great opportunity to watch others play.

3. See how you play.
At a tournament other players are quick to pick up on your weaknesses. While frustrating, this also helps you quickly see what you need to work on. In essence, you get to see how you play through your opponents’ eyes.

2. Develop a sense of belonging.
One of the fun things about playing in a tournament is that you realize you are part of a bigger community. Sure, you have that when you play with your local group, but going to a tournament helps you see that the pickleball community is thriving and that it’s here to stay.

1. Have some fun!
And the most important reason to play in tournaments is that it’s just plain fun! Everyone is there to have a good time. Everyone is very helpful -- especially to tournament first timers. And everyone loves pickleball just as much as you do!

A Wealth of Information

The USAPA Website is an incredible source of information about all things pickleball! The home page contains buttons to everything from tournament schedule and results to places to play in each state and province and information about pickleball clinics and demonstrations being held in your area. Interested in seeing the pros play? From the home page you are just a click away from viewing the Open competition finals at the 2012 National tournament. All this and much, much more. Take a moment to visit the site and you are guaranteed to come away more informed and ready to hit the courts than ever before.
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Nationals Senior Games Pickleball…                                  
Submitted by David Jordan, USAPA President

Update: NSGA mixed doubles 50-64 age groups will be played on Tue., July 30, while age groups 65+ will play Wed., July 31. Registration is nearing an end and we look forward to seeing all 330-plus players that will be attending this first for pickleball. Thanks to all who have made pickleball’s first NSGA Games a huge success. The Cleveland Senior Games is shaping up to be a great tournament with players from all over the U.S. For up-to-date information and partner search visit

Pickleball Lyrics of the Month…
Submitted by Pickleball Ken Marquardt, USAPA Ambassador, Denver Metro 

Sixteen Aces…

I was born one morning when the sun didn’t shine
I picked up my paddle and walked up to the line
I served up sixteen aces like shoot’n fish in a bowl
and Pickleball Ken said “well bless your soul”
You serve sixteen aces, what do ya get
another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me, cause I ain’t ready yet
I owe my soul to the court and the net
Some people say a person is made out of mud
A pickleball player is made out of hustle and blood
hustle and blood and skin and bone
A dink that’s weak and a slam that’s strong
When you see me loading up, better step aside
a lot of people didn’t and a lot of people sighed
one paddle of iron, the other of steel
if the forehand don’t get you, then the back hand will
You serve sixteen aces, what do you get
another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me, cause I ain’t ready yet
I owe my soul to the court and the net
Keep On Gett'n

By Jay Goldstein, with an assist from the late Tennessee Ernie Ford.

What's Killing Your Back – May Be Your PSOAS
By Barb Wintroub
The Psoas is one of the largest, thickest muscles in the body. Its origin is Thoracic 12 and all the lumbar vertebrae including the discs, attaching at the top of the leg bone (femur). The responsibility of the Psoas is to flex your hip and thigh, which can cause poor lower back posture. When you are sitting or playing pickleball for many hours your Psoas is shortened and if you don't stretch the muscle it continues to stay short, pulling on your back. Sitting on soft furniture is the worst because you tend to slump, which tightens the Psoas even more. Sitting on your buns all day creates spongy buns instead of buns of steel and the lack of bun exercises can lead to more back pain.

Postural Corrections: stand and sit tall and move, move, move.

Stretching exercises: Lunge stretch with a side over releases the Psoas and IT band. One leg bridge with opposite knee to the chest strengthens bun muscles while releasing opposite Psoas. Wishing you pain free pickleball.

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My Favorite Pickleball Story…
It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over
Submitted by Robert Schnell, Redding, California
Back in the ‘90s the city of Red Bluff, Calif., sponsored winter pickleball in the old high school gymnasium on Tuesday nights. Balls and plywood paddles were provided. In this particular doubles rally, I was in the left court near the baseline and my opponent directly opposite hit what he thought was a winning drop shot. He was so sure it was a winner that as the ball was traveling over the net he turned to shake his partner’s hand in self-congratulation of a winning effort. While he was doing this I, back when I could still run, had already started toward the net. I got to the ball before it could bounce twice and put it back over the net into the court area recently vacated by my above mentioned opponent. What made it funny was that the opponent’s partner was watching all this and was frantically trying to get him to turn around and get back into the game! Yogi Berra’s timeless adage was definitely appropriate in this instance, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Editors Note: Send us your Favorite Pickleball Stories in 100-200 words and we’ll publish one each issue.
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USAPA Nationals Registration Opens June 1…
Submitted by David Jordan, USAPA President

November 11-17, 2013
Last month we stated that registration would open on May 1, 2013. That should have been June 1, 2013. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. The 2013 National Tournament website is now up and running.  Visit the website for all information about the tournament -- schedule, events, FAQ, registration, lodging and RV sites, etc. November will be here before you know it, so make your Nationals V plans early.   

Search For Treasurer Continues…
USAPA is in need of a Treasurer for 2013. The Treasurer is a member of the Board of Directors and is responsible for monitoring the financial management and controls of USAPA and its budgeting process. Immediate past Treasurer, Dan Ellsworth, will continue to provide day-to-day bookkeeping, but has relinquished the office of Treasurer.  It is desired that candidates for Treasurer hold a CPA license and are willing to serve on the Board. Please consider volunteering to fill this important office. If you are interested in the position or have questions, e-mail Dan Ellsworth at
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USAPA Donations Now Tax Deductible

The Internal Revenue Service has granted USAPA tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) public charity. This means that your contributions to USAPA are now tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donations will be used to augment the Training Grants program, which promotes the growth of the sport. You can be part of it by adding a donation to your membership dues payment (the dues amount is not deductible), by donating online at or by sending a tax-deductible donation to: 

USAPA Donations
P.O. Box 7354
Surprise, AZ 85374

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The Final Word…
Bloom Where You Are Planted…
By Jennifer Lucore, Publisher USAPA e-Newsletter

Recognizing that not all parts of America are conducive to blooming at any given time, it may be more like defrost, dry out or cool off where you're planted. Wherever you are, bloom where you're planted and do your thing in pickleball. Don't be sad that the facilities are not that great or the community members haven't caught the pickleball passion that you possess. Don't let your neighbors heckle you because of the game with the silly name. Don’t be sad; just do your pickleball thing. Walk proudly into your gym/court and exclaim, “I am here to do my thing!” Watch as others look your way and wonder what that smirk is on your face. Why are you in such good shape chasing around that strange ball? Again I say, “Just do your pickleball thing.”

My pickleball friends far and near are successfully doing their pickleball thing: Joe from Rochester, N.Y., has the spirit videoing all his trick plays and is challenging the city's ordinances for an outdoor court… he's doing his pickleball thing. Seattle, Wash., area players seek shelter from the daily rain and do their thing in any indoor place that will have them. The Villages, Fla., people seek shade and a cool drink surrounded by mobs of players, each doing their pickleball thing. Billings, Mont., friends brave the cold in layers to do their thing in a local gym, feeding off each others’ enthusiasm and competitiveness. Stephanie from Nashville, Tenn., has the spirit -- when she can't find bloomers to play with she heads off exploring the country tracking down pickleball fun. A new San Antonio, Texas group is spreading the passion; players are joining in -- all doing their pickleball thing. Surprise, Ariz., players flock to an abundance of court locations, play for hours and then you hear someone say, “One more game!” RVing pickleball players are "blooming" where they park their rigs. In Fallbrook, Calif., Tony had a court "bloom" right in his backyard. And I can go on and on… bloom where you're planted… and be the best at doing your pickleball thing.
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