February 2012 
USAPA Pickleball - Monthly Newsletter

In this issue... 

From the Editors...

Well, 2012 is upon us and your new e-newsletter team has the first issue under our belts. And “thank you” for those kind words about the fresh new look and the USAPA National tournament coverage. Publisher Jennifer Lucore did a great job of mastering the new publishing software, designing the layout and getting the newsletter to your inboxes on time.
We have put together an editorial schedule for future issues, so if you have articles, news items or questions that you would like to submit for the next issue please send them to us at newsletter@usapa.org by the 15thof the preceding month.  
In response to our request for No Dumb Questions Marty Novak of Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote asking for advice about engaging youth in pickleball. We gathered so much good information while compiling an answer that we decided to make the subject this month’s feature article, The Future of the Sport…Getting Youth Engaged.
Also in this issue Dennis Dacey explains one of the rules covering momentum and the non-volley zone. In Bits and Pieces Christie Borne writes about Five Men and a Vacuum, and fitness expert Barbara Wintroub takes a look at the Abdominal Snowman. Enjoy this issue and remember that keeping every ball over the net and within the lines is a certain winner…
    Your Editors, Lynn & Linda Laymon 

The Future of the Sport... Getting Youth Engaged

Looking only at demographics, seniors have been the heart of pickleball almost from the beginning. To truly grow the sport, however, we need to reach out to younger generations. But how is that best accomplished?
Tom Wheeler and Tim Finger, co-founders of Pickleball Now, L.L.C., a pickleball products company, have set a goal “to expand the sport through the introduction of pickleball to kids.”
Finger, who has been teaching kids tennis for more than 35 years, and more recently pickleball, believes that pickleball more than any other sport appeals to kids regardless of ability because it is easy to learn, lots of fun, very social and is one of the few games that kids can play with their parents.
With the help of a general benefactor they have provided the high schools and middle schools in St. George, Utah, with paddles, balls and instruction and are currently working on pickleball becoming a club sport in the schools.
John Gullo, USAPA ambassador for Ogden, Utah, offers this sound advice, “It is critical that you find movers and shakers in your community who are not politicians and get them hooked on the sport. You need individuals who can open doors with community leaders. True believers in the benefits of this sport are mandatory in making it grow. Personal contact, not email or brochures, is what makes the program successful.”
In late 2011, a cooperative effort between Ogden City School District, Ogden City Recreation, YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis resulted in pickleball being implemented as a mandatory physical education and after school program. Three high schools, five junior highs, six elementary schools, and eight after school programs participate. As a part of this cooperative effort, Ogden City Recreation will establish pickleball clubs and hold tournaments for all Ogden City youth.
The key is getting a foot in the door. Bill Marshall, USAPA Ambassador in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who has been teaching pickleball at local schools for the past two years, suggests “getting to know the teachers in the area, going to functions they have and offering to do exhibitions.” As a result he got invited to a local teachers’ conference and ended up with an invitation to the state conference to talk about pickleball.
Norm Davis, USAPA Training Chair, who is actively involved in teaching pickleball at schools in Surprise, Ariz., started with middle schools, but quickly learned that the best results are achieved with youth ages 14 to 18. Davis recommends talking to principals and gym teachers and adds, “Kids view pickleball as an old-person’s game; so try to get youthful volunteers to do the teaching.”
To help promote the game to youth and others USAPA has two promotional videos available and offers training grants to help fund introducing the game to new players and establishing new places to play. Visit http://usapa.org/store/to view the videos and http://usapa.org/training/training_fund_2010.php for information regarding training grants. 

Member Profile, Jo Hancock
USAPA Member #1

An avid pickleball player for the past 11 years, Jo Hancock was the first member of the newly-formed USAPA. “In addition to playing, I had been helping out in any way I could with area tournaments. So when the proposal for the USAPA was announced in 2005 I was happy to support it.”
Moving to Arizona Traditions in the City of Surprise, near Phoenix, 12 years ago as a breast cancer survivor, Jo was determined to stay active and regain full range of arm motion. Although retired from a desk job, Jo has always loved sports. Unable to find competitive tennis partners, she decided to try this other game friends had told her about. She instantly fell in love with pickleball and that same year won a bronze medal in mixed doubles in her first tournament.
Like other new players, Jo started out banging the ball as hard as she could. “I soon realized that I had to learn to dink and do drop shots, which improved my game immensely,” Jo recalls. It must have helped, because last spring Jo reached an impressive milestone when she won her 100thtournament medal. Jo gives a lot of the credit for her success to the more than a dozen great women’s and men’s doubles partners she has played with over the years.
In addition to tournament play, Jo enjoys playing wherever she and husband, Bill, go during their summer travels. “I check the Places to Play page on the USAPA Website and contact the local players. They have always graciously welcomed me to play with them.”
Jo feels strongly that everyone who plays pickleball, especially in tournaments, should learn to referee or volunteer in some other capacity. “We need new, younger people to be actively involved in organizing and spreading the word about pickleball.”
At age 75, Jo has slowed only slightly. She now plays only two to three hours a day, five days a week. Her favorite thing about pickleball? “I love the people. I have never found an unfriendly person playing this game.” 

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National Senior
Games National

JULY 21 to AUG 5, 2013
By David Jordan,USAPA
Marketing & Sales Chair

To play in the 2013 NSGA National Tournament you must qualify during 2012, by finishing in the top four of an event in which you participate at any NSGA qualifying tournament. Most state Senior Games are qualifying tournaments, but to make sure visit the NSGA Website or contact your State Games chair to confirm.  

Two tournaments that are not state games but are qualifying events in 2012 are:
Huntsman World Senior Games held in St. George, Utah (Pickleball, Oct. 15-19), and the NSGA Winter Games held in Rochester, New York, this coming fall.

Although the FAQ now on the NSGA Website are for the 2011 games, some of this information will not change for 2013. Visit that site.
The 2013 National Senior Games Nationals will be an indoor tournament played on a wooden gym floor. Watch for additional details in the coming issues.   

Tournament Schedule / Results
Want to know about upcoming tournaments around the country? See Tournament Schedule for information and details.

And what about tournament results? Visit Tournament Results to find out who won and lost in past events.

Tournament Directors, contact your USAPA Regional Ambassador or Media Relations Chair, David Johnson at the USAPA Contact Page for assistance with creating a press release to promote your upcoming tournament.   


No Dumb Questions, When to Change Sides...

Stu Rivchin of The Villages in central Florida asks a question that came up during Team League play: “Our third game side change occurred per the rules after the first team reached 6 points, but when we reached 12-11 there was confusion over interpreting the rule. Since it is not spelled out like tie breakers in tennis, what is the correct presumption?
Side changes for games are covered in Rule 5.C. of the IFP Rulebook. Rule 5.C.3. reads: Sides will be switched in a third game (if the match is 2 out of 3 games) after the first team reaches a score of 6 points.

Dennis Dacey, USAPA Rules Chair, offers official interpretation. “This is the only side change no matter what happens with the score after the change.” If you have a pickleball or USAPA question you would like answered in a future issue please submit to newsletter@usapa.org and place “Question” in the subject line. 

What Is Your Experience? 
With Cracks in the Court

Marty Grossman, USAPA ambassador for the St. George and Southern Utah area is looking for advice regarding court repair. Marty writes, “We have 14 Pickleball courts at Sun River St. George. We experience temperatures from the teens in the winter to 110+ in the summer, which results in cracks in our asphalt courts every winter. We patch them every spring, but the cracks reappear again in the winter. Does anyone have a secret remedy for asphalt crack repair?”  Please send your advice directly to
Marty at gross1@sunrivertoday.com

Places to Play...

Submitted by Ann Earley, Cherokee County, Georgia.
We are the North Georgia Pickleball Club and the courts are basically in our backyard. On our farm we had two lighted tennis courts that we have turned into four pickleball courts. This summer we will resurface them and make six designated courts. We have a horse farm with plenty of room for any pickleball players coming into town either in an RV (concrete pad with water/electric available) or in the house (three queen bedrooms). Come visit us! Contact me at: go4baroque@mindspring.com.


Pickleball players (l to r) Ken Riordon, Dale Flores, Tom Earley and Jason Ahrens braved 40 degree temperatures and 20 mph winds to play for two hours while a "Blue Norther" hit North Georgia!

Submitted by John Livingston, USAPA local ambassador, Chautauqua County, New York.
We have convinced the local town board to construct four new permanent outdoor pickleball courts that will be ready for play next summer. We are presently playing three times a week indoors on double-lined tennis courts at the local YMCA. We are also planning a tournament for the 4th of July. 

Submitted by Jim Propes, St. Paul, Minnesota
Indoor pickleball opportunities are a must in the upper Midwest where we have frozen lakes and snow on the ground. The new nets we purchased with USAPA grant funds are set up in the gym at the Battle Creek Recreation Center. With these nets, and one on loan, we can now play on three courts. We always have more than 20 people at every session.

 Submitted by Lin Filbin, Hemet, California
We live in a Del Webb/Pulte development, Solera Diamond Valley (SDV), in Hemet, California. When I moved here permanently I was determined to play pickleball in our own backyard and set out to accomplish this goal. Can't tell you how happy I am that it got done. Of course, that kind of accomplishment never happens by the effort of just one person (takes a village). But we got the ball rolling and last November our community had a dedication ceremony for two brand new pickleball courts.
I was encouraged by Norm Davis [USAPA Training Chair], who provided a pickleball demo to make a presentation to our recreation committee. Then I created flyers to encourage residents to stop by our tennis courts to find out what pickleball was all about. I was confident that as soon as people were exposed to the sport, they'd be hooked – and that happened.
I had friends speak up at our board meetings and soon the project of new courts was being voted on and approved. I applied for and received a $250 grant from USAPA to help seed some expenses and Dan Ellsworth [USAPA Treasurer] monitored my purchases and reimbursements step by step.
In order to play here a homeowner sponsor is required. You can call me at 916-660-6084 or e-mail me at lin.filbin@gmail.com. If I'm unavailable, call the main clubhouse number: 951-652-5766. SDV is located at 1645 Paseo Diamante, Hemet, CA 92545. There is no fee to play.


Lin and partner Bill Stansbury at the new SDV courts.

Submitted by Steve Wong, Surprise, Arizona
Through fundraisers and donations the Surprise Pickleball Association has reached its goal of $25,000 to convert two tennis courts into eight permanent pickleball courts at the city recreation complex in Surprise, Arizona. Work is expected to start in a few weeks and take about two weeks to complete. 

Bits and Pieces

Five Men and a Vacuum
Submitted by Christie Borne, Director, USAPA Ambassador Program
I think it is every woman’s delight to see her husband get the vacuum out of the closet and do a bit of cleaning, and the worst thing that can happen is for a wife to get one of those sucking machines for Christmas! We have five men at our Cypress Creek YMCA in Houston, Texas, who see it differently. A commercial vacuum is not just a household tool anymore; it recently played a critical role in a pickleball practice.
Our pickleball equipment is stored in the janitor’s closet in a tall plastic cabinet with a lock on it. Because of lax security, Joe Parnell, one of our volunteers who sets up the courts every week, took two of our nets home and I took the other. Joe had said that we have never used three courts on a Thursday afternoon, so I didn’t bring back my net.
But, much to Joe’s surprise, 20 players came and he didn’t have a third net. Innovative Joe found the red commercial vacuum in the janitor’s closet and with some engineering assistance from the other men strung the cord to the other end of the volleyball pole. And with six YMCA hand towels thrown over the cord, a net came to life and pickleball play commenced. 
Men, we don’t recommend that you take your vacuum cleaner to the court – just take your wife!

Pickleball and Potluck – What Fun!
Submitted by Louise Matz, Norton Shores, Michigan
Thirty-one West Michigan pickleball players recently enjoyed a morning of pickleball followed by a soup and salad potluck. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know one another off the pickleball court as well as to discuss pickleball issues such as rally scoring, tournaments, organizational issues, etc. Because we live in Michigan, where it’s a bit chilly this time of year, the soups were a welcome and popular offering. The potluck turned out to be such a hit that it will now be a monthly event.
We are so very fortunate to have a passionate and creative pickleball ambassador, John DeHoog, and his very supportive wife Peggy. Not only does he work hard to provide venues for pickleball, but he goes above and beyond in making sure that everyone is having a good time! He also schedules free group lessons and works hard at recruiting new players. 

A Four Generation Pickleball Holiday
Submitted by Jim Hackenberg, Kalamazoo, Michigan
What do you get when you have a nice-sized driveway, a roll or so of painter’s tape, a USAPA net and four generations of beautiful, talented women? A great family pickleball match! Here is our Thanksgiving pickleball match at our daughter's home in Clemmons, North Carolina – four generations of Yvonne's family. In the background are Minnie LaPoint (l) (age 86) and her daughter, Yvonne Hackenberg (age 63 and National Champion in more than one amateur sport). In the near court on the right is Yvonne's daughter, Kristy Lingerfelt (age 41), and on the left is her daughter, Tyler Lingerfelt (age 12). Kristy and her husband Rob also have daughter, Riley (age 10) and son, JR (age 8). We had a blast playing pickleball in a series of family "battles" over the Thanksgiving weekend. This just shows what a great game pickleball is – for all generations!
Ragin Cajuns –VS—Aging Cajuns
Submitted by Fred E. Stratton, Lafayette, Louisiana
For the past several years coach Jo Charles, Health & P.E. instructor at the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL), has challenged the Lafayette “Aging Cajuns” pickleball group to play against her pickleball class. The class had only played for two weeks before coach Jo invited us to play.
One of the prerequisites for getting an “A” in her pickleball class is they must beat the seniors. She will not be handing out any “A”s again this year. These kids were really overwhelmed by us “old people” whipping up on them. They were great kids and walked away very humbled.
Lafayette “Aging Cajuns” pickleball group has approximately 75 regular players. We are always encouraging new people to join us in this healthy fun-filled sport. Pickleball is very intoxicating; once you get involved you are hooked and I am proud to be one of them. If you involve yourself in an exercise that is enjoyable you will stick with it, but if it’s boring you will more than likely give it up.

New Year’s Eve – Pickleball Style
Submitted by Dave Shepherd, USAPA Regional Ambassador Canada West
Pickleball BC 
About a dozen dedicated players enjoyed the newly painted pickleball courts on a cool but lovely New Year's Eve in beautiful B.C. Peter Darvill is a hardworking ambassador who with his friends lobbied the City of Ladner and successfully got pickleball lines painted on two outside tennis courts. Peter bought one USAPA portable net at first and then discovered that there were many more pickleball players who wanted to play outside, so he bought a second. Now he can play anytime, anywhere. He plays pickleball almost every day in Ladner, Richmond or South Delta.
Here in Canada we have many dedicated ambassadors who have been successful in their requests to have pickleball lines painted on public outdoor tennis courts, including Ladner, Kelowna, Rutland, Penticton, Kamloops and Chilliwack. Photo courtesy Peter Darvill,  Ambassador for Richmond/S. Delta, B.C. 

Fitness, The Abominable Abdominals
By: Barbara Wintroub

Let's start the new year off right by strengthening the core or the deep abdominals. We have crunch muscles (rectus abdominis), wrap-around-your-body muscles (transversus abdominis) and obliques (like placing your hands in a jacket pocket muscles). If you want a six pack (not to drink but to show off) then you need to do crunches like our snowman. But if you want to strengthen your back, then you need to work your transverse abs. These muscles, which wrap like a cinch from front to back, are the real core muscles that give you a waistline, keep your chest from falling to your hips, keep you from getting stenosis [Ed: narrowing of the spinal canal] and from overusing your neck muscles. Ok, you say; I am ready to have a slim waist, strong abs and back, stand tall and not use my neck muscles. How do I go about this undertaking? Plank, Plank and more Plank!
The following picture begin with the easiest plank then evolve to more difficult plank positions. The reason the plank is so important is that more abdominal core muscle fibers are used than in any other position.  

Hold all positions for a count of 10 to 20, rest and repeat 5 times.

Picture #1- is a plank against a wall
Picture #2 - is quadruped (on hands and knees) with right arm and left leg extended. Change arm and leg, do 5 on each side.
Picture #3 - is bent knee pushup position
Picture #4 - is bent knee side pushup position
Picture #5 - is full pushup position
Picture #6 - is full side balance

You can do one, two or all of the exercises. Feel how your deep abs turn on to support each movement. Pull in on your navel as you exhale and hold plank. Do the exercises every day if possible and watch to see how strong you become. Your pickleball hitting will be stronger, your endurance better and you will play back-pain free.   

Rules Review, Rules for the Kitchen
By: Dennis Dacey, USAPA Rules Chair

This year I’ll be writing a monthly column that covers different rules that people have been asking about. The first of these is the Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) Rules. This is covered in Section 9 of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) Rulebook. This is a rather unique rule that is specific to pickleball and often misunderstood.
The best way to understand the NVZ is to think about what the words say: non-volley zone. So – you cannot volley [Ed: A shot made by striking the ball before it touches the ground] in this zone. If you are not in the zone you can volley and you can go into the NVZ at any time other than when you volley.
I want to specifically address Rule 9.C., which covers momentum. Rule 9C states: A fault will be declared if, in the act of volleying the ball, the player’s momentum causes the player or anything the player is wearing or carrying to touch the NVZ or touch any non-volley line. It is a fault if the player’s momentum causes the player to touch anything that is touching the NVZ, including the player’s partner. It is a fault even if the ball is declared dead before the player touches the NVZ.
So, when can a player go into the NVZ after hitting the volley? Only after the player has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the referee that he is under control can he now enter the NVZ. It is not a matter of time or the number of hits that are made after the player hits a volley but it is a matter of body control. Once you stop your momentum and have control you can then enter the NVZ without it being a fault.
Next month I’ll continue the discussion on the Non-Volley Zone rules. In the meantime I would recommend that anyone not familiar with the NVZ rules read and understand Section 9 of the rulebook, which can be viewed at http://ipickleball.org/rules/pbrules-ifp.pdf.  


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