November 2012  e-Newsletter 

In this issue...

From the Editors...

We are back in our winter home at Happy Trails in Surprise, Ariz., preparing for Nationals IV and the tournament season that follows. It has been a very interesting summer traveling coast to coast in our motor home, but it is good to be back. In this issue read about the two weeks of the Huntsman World Senior Games in St George, Utah and some last-minute details pertaining to the upcoming Nationals IV tournament. You’ll also read that several USAPA Board terms are up this December and four members have decided not to serve another term. Get involved! Please consider becoming part of the USAPA leadership team by volunteering for one of these critical positions. Also in this issue Bobbie Cooper offers some sage advice about Sportsmanship and Sally Dobson shares an important lesson about the importance of Proper Nutrition. Barb Wintroub’s Fitness column focuses on stretching techniques to help avoid injury during play and Dennis Dacey reviews the rules that apply when a wrong score is called. Don't miss readers' suggestions for tournament fueling food in The Final Word column.

Thanksgiving is later this month, so this is a good time for each of us to count our blessings and give thanks for good enough health to play pickleball, the growing number of places to play and the camaraderie of our fellow players. Let’s also remember those on the “disabled list.” Until next issue, may your court time be plenty and every shot be over the net and within the lines.
      Your Editors, Lynn & Linda Laymon,

Countdown to Nationals…
November 4 is Almost Here!
Information submitted by Nationals IV Tournament Directors 

The excitement is building! Fast Facts:
  • The final number of players registered for Nationals IV is 441.
  • A player list is now available online. This link will also show the brackets once the tournament starts.
  • Changes to player registrations will no longer be accepted, except for withdrawals.
  • Brackets will be posted on opening day.
  • A new feature this year: Two large-screen TVs will be set up around the courts scrolling court assignments, advertisements and other information of interest to players and spectators.
  • Referees that volunteer for at least one consecutive five-hour block of refereeing time will receive a voucher for a free lunch.
  • Referees and other volunteers will wear distinctive lanyards to identify them to those needing assistance.
  • A professional videographer will video and edit the Semi-Finals and Finals matches of the Open Division.
Photo: Trophies for open singles men’s and women’s champs. 

Huntsman World Senior Games…
10,000 Athletes, 65 Countries, Great Pickleball and Loads of Fun!
By the Editors

It doesn’t get much better. Twenty-six years ago the Huntsman World Senior Games (HWSG) began in St George, Utah as a modest attempt to provide a means for senior citizens to get out and have fun while competing for Olympic-style medals and bragging rights. The formula worked and in 2012 the Games were again an overwhelming success.

Pickleball is just one of nearly 50 sports played during the two-week Games. However, this year for the first time pickleball had more participants than any other non-team sport, including 95-year-old Daniel Buckley, the oldest participant in the Games. The pickleball events, which take place the second week of the Games, topped out at 546 participants from as far away as Alaska, who played a combined total of 1,393 matches.

The primary hosting venue was SunRiver Resort with 20 courts, while the City’s new Little Valley complex provided 12 more. Again this year events included both age, in five-year increments beginning at age 50, and skill brackets for men’s and women’s doubles, and age-only mixed doubles and singles. Competition began on Monday and finished early afternoon Friday.

For many participants the fun starts the week prior to the pickleball events, with the Olympic-style opening ceremonies – parade of athletes, skydivers, dancers, dignitaries, fireworks and more. At 10 am each day during that week SunRiver Resort opened its pickleball complex to non-member players registered for the games. This is an excellent opportunity to not only practice with your partner, but to play with and against players of various levels from all across the continent; in addition to exciting play, the week is a true social event. Another perk is the free health screening. Anyone registered for the Games is invited to participate in a battery of tests and screenings – blood work, fitness assessment, vision, hearing, flexibility, balance, spinal evaluation, etc. – administered by local universities and medical organizations. For this year’s 546 pickleball participants the Huntsman World Senior Games was not just another pickleball tournament; it’s was a pickleball happening.
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USAPA Needs You…
Board Positions Available

The staggered two-year terms of several board positions expire at the end of this year and the long-serving incumbent board members have indicated that they do not wish to stand for another term. If you are qualified and able to serve your organization in any of the following capacities please contact the incumbent for more information.
Treasurer: Manages USAPA current assets, accounts payable and monthly reporting. Responsibilities include payment of invoices, payments requested through the grant program and miscellaneous reimbursements. The treasurer also stays current with tax liabilities to meet federal and state requirements. The time commitment is approximately 5 hours per week. Contact: Dan Ellsworth
Media Relations Chair: Generates media coverage of the sport, responds to media inquiries, and works with ambassadors and other pickleball promoters to generate media coverage. The time commitment is approximately 1-3 hours per week. Contact: David Johnson
Marketing and Sales Chair: Responsible for the promotion of pickleball as well as the development of relationships between USAPA and pickleball players, clubs and organizations that participate in or work with the sport throughout the country. The position is also the promotional information arm of USAPA. The time commitment is approximately 5 hours per week. Contact: David Jordan
Training Chair: Responsibilities include maintaining the Training Room pages on the USAPA Website and administering the grant program, which provides funds to help establish new sites for new players. The incumbent has also taken on tasks such as maintenance of statistical player, membership and court growth data, along with promotional and historical videos. The time commitment is approximately 4 hours per week. Contact: Norm Davis
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Submitted by Bobbie Cooper, SunRiver Resort, St George, Utah
One of the things that I love about our wonderful sport of pickleball is the overwhelmingly good sportsmanship displayed at tournaments all across the U.S. While every community has one or two “bad apples,” overall the ethics and fairness by the majority outshine the bad attitudes of the few. Take a close look in the mirror – are you part of the many or part of the few?

Do you celebrate when your opponent makes an unforced error?
Are you gracious to your opponents in both victory and defeat?
Do you belittle or badger the volunteer referee if you disagree with a call?
When a ball is going out and brushes your clothing, do you own up to it?
When your partner incorrectly calls a ball out and you clearly see it in, do you speak up?
When a line call is very close and you are not sure, do you tend to call it in your favor (out)? The official pickleball rule book has a “Code of Ethics for Line Calling.” It states, in part, that “the players must operate under the principle that all questionable line calls must be resolved in favor of the opponent.” 

Pickleball is a sport and we are not professional athletes. We play for fun. Let us all strive to be part of the many and not part of the few. In the words of Ginger Miller, a long-time player and veteran referee: “Play hard, play fair, have fun!”
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USAPA Granted 501(c)(3) Status...
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

Proper Nutrition is Critical…
Submitted by Sally Dobson

While playing in the San Diego Games this past May, my husband Mike ended up competing for a medal at 6:30 pm. He didn't get the Gold, but left happily with the Bronze. He was extremely tired and had been feeling lightheaded during the late afternoon after many hours of play. He thought he had been fueling his body properly, but found out different while driving back to our RV. Without warning he passed out at the wheel, hit a tree and ended up in the emergency room with a severe case of what we thought was only dehydration, but soon discovered that it was something more serious. After returning home Mike went to the doctor and they completed a glucose test and found he is hypoglycemic – low blood sugar – the opposite of diabetes, which is high blood sugar. Now we know that he actually went into hypoglycemic shock brought on by not fueling and hydrating his body properly during the tournament.

We are working on creating an entirely new eating lifestyle for Mike, which means basically a low carbohydrate diet, no sugars, no white flours and he doesn't drink alcohol, which is good because that is a no-no too, along with caffeine. High carbs, sugars, white flours, fruit, and more are not good for a hypoglycemic person. Eating six small meals per day to keep his body stable and fueled is best. Mike is living proof that it is important to pay attention to your body and to eat and hydrate well during a long day of pickleball.
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Rules Review...
Wrong Score Called…
By Dennis Dacey, USAPA Rules Chair

This month is another question worth sharing that came to me from a player.

Question: If the referee calls the score incorrectly and play continues, what happens?
The answer is found in IFP Rule 4.I.4.
Wrong Score Called. If the referee calls the wrong score, any player may stop play at any time before the return of serve to ask for a correction. A player that interrupts play after the return of serve will have committed a fault and shall lose the rally. A player that interrupts play after the serve when there was not an error in the score will have committed a fault and shall lose the rally. So, if you think the score was called incorrectly, but are not certain, question the referee before the serve, if possible.

The Winner Is…
Yvonne Hackenberg
Congratulations Yvonne for submitting the winning design for the USAPA Banner Contest! We received twenty-four excellent entries. Although many entries came close, the Board agreed that Yvonne’s design best advertises the game of pickleball and the involvement of USAPA around the country. Board members reviewed all entries received by the deadline and each member voted for their favorite. The five finalists were then reevaluated and another vote was taken to determine the winner. USAPA would like to thank all those who submitted entries for your interest in helping USAPA develop a new and inspiring banner, and for a job well done. Yvonne’s banner design will be displayed in the near future at an event near you.

Pickleball Polly...
Mixed Doubles with a Spouse
Dear Polly,
Pickleball is ruining my marriage! Just yesterday following a tournament meltdown my husband, I’ll call him Ben, told me that we would NEVER partner together again, and maybe we should even consider a divorce. I was devastated, to say the least. Ben is a great guy and a wonderful husband, until we get on the pickleball court as partners. It was better when playing recreationally, but when we play tournaments together he becomes a monster! He tells me to stand in the back corner and out of his way. That is demoralizing and embarrassing. We have the same skill ratings, but, of course, he thinks he is better. We play fairly well together and have even won some medals. And it is so convenient for us to partner together when traveling to tournaments. What can I do to keep my partner and still save my marriage?
At the Baseline in Sun City
Dear At the Baseline,
Thank you for your letter and let me begin by saying your problem is a common one in the game of mixed partner pickleball and the overall game of marriage. Polly and her late husband, Dink, were quite the pair back in their day, but not before we went through some rough times together out on the courts in tournament play. I too can recall the times in our early partnership when I not only was expected to stand in the back corner and out of his way, but I had to endure endless comments on my serve, my backhand, or lack thereof, my short game and my overall play. After several years of frustrating tournament play Polly discovered the secret to marital bliss on and off the court and it really was quite simple to accomplish. I am talking role reversal here; you need to become the aggressor and turn the tide on your old Ben, "The Monster" (It is the Halloween season). Here are Polly's tips:

  1. Next time he tells you (or implies) that you stand in the back corner of the court start calling him "Pork Rind" instead of the usual honey or sweetie -- although those two names are probably not the ones you are thinking of at that time. (Polly has been instructed to keep this column rated PG)
  2.  Every time he cuts in front of you to take a ball that you could have gotten simply blurt out "Oink, Oink." He will get the message.
  3. When you return serve the first couple of times, "accidentally" send it flying off the back of his head. When he turns to question your accuracy, just smile demurely and promise to do better.
  4. If playing a tournament in a rural area threaten to call the local game warden to report his continued poaching. Poaching is illegal in most areas.
  5. Remind him that even if you win with him taking everything there won't be any late night celebrations when you get home, if you know what I mean.
  6. Repeat tip #5.
  7. If none of these works, for the next tournament get those cute matching shirts I am seeing more and more partners wearing when they play mixed doubles. On the back have his monogrammed "Porky Pig” and yours “Mrs. Piggy." That should get his attention.
Hang in there honey; stick up for your pickleball rights and the pickleball sisterhood. Follow my suggestions and I am confident you will start to have fun both on and off the court.
Yours in Pickleball and Bacon (I love bacon), Polly
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Player Profile…
Pat Sullivan: A Driving Force
By the Editors

Pat, a retired physical education teacher and mental health therapist, came to Arizona from Michigan for the first time in the fall of 2006, renting a condo at Sun City Grand. Friends had told her about pickleball, but as an avid softball and tennis player, she was not sure she’d like it because, “I’m not ready for old age.” Searching for the tennis courts, Pat happened instead onto the pickleball courts. While watching the fun, the players invited her to join them and the rest is history. She played every day that season. Pat’s dream was born – to bring pickleball to her summer home in Royal Oak, Mich. She immediately asked the city’s recreation supervisor about adding pickleball as an activity. He was supportive and agreed to buy a small number of paddles and balls for play at the Salter Center. Pat began teaching classes for beginning players.

But introducing pickleball to Royal Oak was not enough. That summer she also successfully brought the game to Rochester and Troy, Mich. By the time she returned to Arizona in Sept. 2007, 65 people were playing regularly in the three Michigan cities. In the summer of 2008 Pat convinced the City of Royal Oak to allow her group to convert two tennis courts at Upton School into pickleball courts for outdoor play. Expanding the dream, Pat got permission to search the city for a suitable site to build eight new outdoor courts. She found it at Whittier Park, where there was a large, unused asphalt area that may have been two tennis courts at one time. With a site located, Pat sold the idea to the city commission by putting on an impromptu pickleball demonstration during the approval meeting. Money for the conversion came from a federal block grant designed to revitalize distressed neighborhoods. The grant came through the following summer, and by Sept. 2009 work got underway applying basecoat and sealer. The City of Royal Oak drilled holes and installed the net posts.

Back again in spring 2010, Pat coordinated a cadre of volunteers, who completed a double coat of paint on and around all eight courts, painted lines and put up nets. On July 26, 2010 the courts opened for play, with lessons, ladders and drop-in play throughout the rest of the season. To secure their support and spread the game, Pat also put together a learning program for neighborhood people. The project was not entirely completed, however, since they needed fencing between courts. In 2012, fencing and installation were provided through a community outreach grant from Home Depot. The grants have proven effective, since new houses are now going up across the street from Whittier Park. It was exhausting work for Pat, but “the happy faces made it all worthwhile.” An understatement, since in August 2011 Pat was diagnosed with a “smoldering” case of multiple myeloma, which the doctors said she had suffered from for five years. Her lack of stamina and shortness of breath limit the amount of pickleball she can play, but not her enthusiasm. She still plays a game or two every day. In August 2012 the Whittier courts were officially designated the Pat Sullivan Pickleball Courts in honor of her leadership, perseverance and positive outlook on life. And she’s not done yet; Pat’s dream is now to have eight more courts in Royal Oak, covered by a bubble for winter play!
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Bits & Pieces…
Pickleball in Texas Judicial Records…
Submitted by Rebekah Maddalena, Texas
Today at jury duty during voir dire the judge required all 68 of us to stand and tell everyone our panel number, name, city of residence, occupation and a hobby. When it came my turn I stated pickleball as my hobby. Up until then the recitation process was marching right along in regimental form. As I passed the microphone to the next person and started to sit the judge abruptly halted the process and asked me, “What is pickleball?” I gave her and the others a brief description, failing to include the ball. So the judge queried about what kind of ball is used, to which I described it. Of all 68 I was the only one she stopped to question. Pickleball is now officially in Texas court records.

Tournament Aids Local Food Bank…
Submitted by Michael Wolfe, President, Columbia River Pickleball Club, Vancouver, Washington
September 29 and 30, the recently formed Columbia River Pickleball Club hosted its first tournament, the Pickle Barrel Classic, at Firstenburg Community Center in Vancouver, Wash. More than 100 pickleball players competed in seven skill-level events. The matches were hard fought, the food was terrific and the free raffle was a great bonus. The tournament was a fundraiser for SHARE, the local food bank; $312 will be donated to SHARE. Results can be found on both the USAPA Website and at

USAPA Grants at Work…
Incline Village, Nevada
Submitted by Beverly Keil
We played our first pickleball matches in Incline Village, Nev., using four portable nets purchased from USAPA just one day after the court lines were painted on one of the community’s 11 tennis courts. Word of mouth drew a small group of first-time players to the opening event. Four of us who had been introduced to pickleball in other areas served as instructors for a free introductory clinic. We referred interested folks to the USAPA promotional video to see play in action. We also prepared a two-page sketch and instructions covering only the basic rules and pointing out the similarities and the differences between pickleball and tennis. For two hours people with a variety of skill and court experience enjoyed learning the game. Since this opening event, we have set a schedule of three-times-a-week drop-in play. Word of mouth brings new players to each session.

We have also begin a weekly pickleball social mixer with drop-in play followed by beverages, appetizers and socializing. Our biggest challenge is building a base of players quickly as winter is approaching and courts in our mountain locale close seasonally. We do have a gymnasium in our recreation center, but cannot afford to paint pickleball lines until the gym floor is scheduled for resurfacing. We are working out a way to continue play indoors using tape for court boundaries. We will plan a grander rollout of the sport in the spring and include several more free clinics to attract a greater core of players. Thank you USAPA for your grant program and for the helpful resources on your Website

USAPA Grants at Work…
Valley County, Idaho
Submitted by Carson Spencer

I finally finished starting pickleball in Valley County, Idaho, including the mountain resort communities of New Meadows (5 courts), McCall (3), Donnelly (2), and in a few more months there will be two or three courts in Cascade. These small towns are all in an area known for whitewater rafting, salmon fishing, hiking, biking and many other outdoor sports. Pickleball is here to stay; we just signed up our 52nd and 53rd players. We have strong bylaws, a tax number registered with the State of Idaho and more happy people playing our fun game. Thank you for the $250 grant, which we used to start pickleball in the above venues.
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Pickleball Lyric of the Month…
Submitted by Sherrie Somrak, Secretary/Treasurer Anthem Picklers, Broomfield, Colorado
We wake in the morning; we get out of bed,
Put on our shorts, get the newspaper read,
Tie up our shoes, and sunscreen apply,
Head to the courts and we’re feelin’ fine.
We get to the courts; put our hats on our heads,
It’s so much better than sleepin’ in bed.
Pick up a paddle, serve the ball underhand,
Before we know it, we’re feelin’ grand!
Hot and sunny, cold and windy,
We don’t re-a-lly care,
And since we enjoy this wonderful sport,
We’ve decided to play all year.
So, head out the door, what’s a tennis court for?
Anthem Ranch beauty, and exercise ga--lore,
Serves, smashes and crashes, and dinks, and lobs,
We’ve got Chars, Daves, Garys, Bills, and Bobs.
We’ll teach you the scoring at a clinic or two,
The game will come easy for me and for you,
Stay out of the kitchen, or you’ll lose the point,
Whoever said pickleball tests your knee joints?
Just for 5 bucks, you won’t need tummy tucks,
You will burn calories.
So please come and join us for a time or two,
You’ll find pickleball is the sport for you!

No Dumb Questions…
Pickleball Court Size?
Submitted by Ron Beachy

Question: I would like to know why the game is played on the same size court for both singles and doubles. I know it started out on a badminton court which, of course, has 1.5- foot alleys on the sidelines that are not part of the court when singles is to be played. Tennis also has a narrower court for singles. Why is pickleball different?

Answers from Anonymous Sources (There are no dumb questions, but there are dumb answers):
  • Because pickleball is not tennis or badminton.
  • Pickles, the dog, ate the tape for the singles lines.
  • Because we can't afford the extra lines.
  • Because tennis players already complain about too many lines on dual-use courts.
  • For the same reason that other rules are different from tennis... you can't serve overhand and you can't serve and volley.
  • Because players from other sports should not try to make pickleball look like the sport that they left.
  • Because pickleball players are not sissies.
  • Because that's the rule.
 Or, the most likely real answer: Because the original court only had one set of lines.
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Places to Play…
Ambassador Receives Award…
Submitted by Rusty Rose, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

USAPA Ambassador Bill Graba and his wife Linda have received the Hoffman Park District’s "Best of Hoffman Award" for the month of October. Bill led a successful effort to get the park district to agree to build six pickleball courts next spring. The park district will finance the initiative, but the budget does not include windscreens, a $4,500 item. Then, while marshaling at the Ryder Cup, Bill saw PGA windscreens on almost every hole. He requested that the PGA donate them for the Hoffman pickleball courts and his request was granted. If your club needs windscreens maybe a quick call to a hosting country club will yield results like Bill achieved. We salute you Bill Graba. Come to Hoffman and play in the spring! Or come now. Outdoor play continues at Olmstead Park Mon, Weds, and Fri, at 9am. We also play indoors on Tues. and Thurs. at Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness with a player's ladder league beginning soon. Contact: Bill Graba, 847-902-9276.

Catching On in Maine…
Submitted by Mike Gallagher, Maine
The sport of pickleball is catching on in the great northern state of Maine. In the central Maine area we have a group of dedicated players who are lucky enough to play indoors at the Alfond Center in Waterville three days a week. In our third year of play, we have over 25 regulars who enjoy the game and the comradeship of their fellow players. We‘ve tried successfully to interest several other communities in the Pine Tree State in pickleball and are pleased to see their progress. This was the first year that pickleball was in the Maine Senior Games. Seventeen members of the Central Maine Pickleball Club competed and brought home several medals. There is an old political slogan that we hope will soon apply to pickleball:  “As Maine goes, so goes the nation!” Contact: Mike Gallagher,, 207-465-2565

Pickleball in Connersville, Indiana…
Submitted By Brenda Lee, USAPA Ambassador East Central Indiana

We have been playing here in Connersville for only three years. Our two courts were built by our Area Nine Senior group, but I became an ambassador for USAPA this summer and have really had an exciting time introducing new players to the game. Our courts are situated in our city park, so people walking by stop and ask us what we are playing. We’ve had the opportunity to introduce the game to 10 to 12 that way. I had a beginner’s clinic Sept. 14, with 22 prospective players from elementary school age to seniors. Ten of those attendees are now playing with us on a regular basis, bringing our group to 29! We play on our outdoor courts Mon, Tues. and Fri. mornings at 9am; Weds, Fri. and Sun. evenings at 5pm. Now that we’ll soon be going indoors, our hours will be changing. We hope, though, to continue both morning and evening play. Contact: Brenda Lee,, 765-309-3184.

USAPA Merchandise Online…

Support USAPA. Look cool, know the rules, own a net and learn to play. The USAPA Online Store is one-stop shopping. Visit to purchase the official USAPA-IFP Tournament Rulebook, window stickers, logo apparel, net systems, instructional DVDs and more. And don’t miss the latest in apparel designs at

On the Road with David & Nancy…
By David (USAPA Marketing & Sales Chair) & Nancy Jordan (USAPA Membership Chair)
Note: The Jordan’s travel in a 40’ motorhome and play pickleball, participate in tournaments, and put on free clinics as they meander the US. 
By the end of August it was time to head toward St George, Utah and take possession of a rental house for two months, an experience we are not familiar with since we have not lived in a house for over eight years. The first couple of weeks were spent getting familiar with the SunRiver Resort Community and its residents, many of whom we already knew since we have been coming to St George for the Huntsman World Senior Games for the past seven years. They all made us feel right at home and we adjusted to this new lifestyle quickly. 
The third week of September we were off to play in the three-day San Diego Senior Olympics. Dennis Dacey and Audrey Phillips did a great job of putting this tournament together, but could not control the unusually high temperatures and humidity that made playing a challenge. The evening social was a delight with great food and wonderful entertainment.

It was then back to St George for a week before we headed out to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Nevada Senior Olympics. It was a huge surprise for the organizing committee when they found out that registration was three times larger than they expected. Although this was a new experience for the local committee, it was a challenge that was met head on with determination.  After a rough first day things improved and the tournament ended on a positive note. The competition was strong and the interaction among players was a positive experience. Of course, evenings in Vegas are always lively.

After Vegas we headed back to St George to prepare for the Huntsman Games. As usual Huntsman ends our summer travels. From here we head to Surprise, Ariz., for the USAPA National IV Tournament and December will find us in Tucson for their annual Holiday skill-level tournament. Until next summer, travel safely and have a great winter season.
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Pickleball in 2013 National Senior Games for the First Time…
USAPA Western Region Director Chris Thomas has been promoting pickleball as a first-time sport at next year’s NSGA games by participating in five state qualifiers (Calif., Del., Idaho, Ohio and Nev.). He will join other players from around the country in traveling to Cleveland in 2013 on this historic occasion. The last time a new sport was added to the NSGA Summer Games was 22 years ago, according to Casey Cascio of the NSGA. Check out the following site for qualifying State Olympic Games and get qualified for the NSGA Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, July, 2013. Click on the state you would like information about and register. For more information click
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Stretching, stretching and more stretching
By Barb Wintroub
Since tournament season is upon us and many pickleball players have upped their hours of practice and play time, I feel this subject needs to be addressed once again. After speaking to dozens of players who have various injuries, I asked them one question, "How much do you stretch?" Never! Not at all! Five minutes every other day. NOT GOOD! After drilling for two hours and playing for one hour, I was so sore I could hardly make it to the car. Wondering what to do about this discomfort, I thought about options: drugs (Advil, Aleve), massage (delicious), Epsom salts bath (also delicious), nap. All good but not the right approach. So I went to my studio to spend one hour stretching every muscle I could locate. Leaving the studio almost pain free, I now considered all the other options. Here are the stretches that could save your body this season.

Photo 1: Hamstring Stretch: Seated on a bench or chair, extend one leg straight in front of you. Flatten your back, lean forward until you can feel your hamstring stretching.
Photo 2: Hip Flexors Stretch: Sit on a bench or chair with one leg bent in front of you (seated on one cheek not both). Extend the other leg behind you and try to sit up straight. You should feel this in the front of your extended leg.
Photo 3: Hip Stretch: To stretch hips, cross right foot across left knee; bring left knee up toward left shoulder.

Photo 4: Supported Back Stretch: Lean forward while seated; keep hands on feet or legs.
Photo 5: Side Stretch: Hold wall for balance; cross right leg behind left leg and side bend left until you feel side stretch.

Hold each stretch for a count of ten, repeat 5 times; do not hold your breath. Switch sides. Do these every day or more if you can.
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Member Benefits…
Each month Working Advantage adds new vendors as well as new deals from existing vendors. Through Working Advantage USAPA members can now get discounts at AutoZone, HULU and Sears, plus NBA and NFL tickets, Halloween costumes, Christmas shows, movie tickets and much more. Click here to register to receive these and other exciting discounts compliments of USAPA.

Promote Your Clinic and Demo Dates on…
Group events such as demonstrations, clinics and lessons can now be posted on the USAPA Website. A great way to promote your educational events. Any USAPA member can add or edit events that are of general public interest. Under the terms of service, it may not be used for advertising private or semi-private lessons. The link to Demos & Clinics is under PICKLEBALLZONE in the left menu at Take a look to see what’s happening in your area.
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Tournament Schedule and Results…
Want to know about upcoming tournaments around the country?  See Tournament Schedule for information and details. And what about tournament results? Visit to find out who won and lost. Tournament Directors, contact your USAPA Regional Director or Media Relations Chair, David Johnson at the USAPA Contact Page for assistance with creating a press release to promote your upcoming tournament.
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The Final Word…
Fuel for Tournament Play
By Jennifer Lucore, Publisher USAPA e-Newsletter

Great response from players on my last month’s column, which asked, “What is Your Fuel for Nationals?” Here are some food and drink tips from players packing for a long day of pickleball competition.
Sally, Las Vegas, Nev. (low sugar snacks)
1. We make peanut butter-filled whole wheat crackers with low carb and no sugar content, spread peanut butter on one cracker and top with another..... make several, wrap in foil and they are ready to pop in your mouth for instant energy.
2. Combine into one large bag a variety of lightly-salted nuts -- pistachios, peanuts, cashews, almonds and more -- and you are ready to fill smaller bags.
3. Cook a turkey breast, or lean roast, and pack bite-size pieces along with pieces of cheese, cottage cheese and small cherry tomatoes, so you can have a quick snack between matches.
4. Hard boiled eggs.
John, Mesquite, Nev.
Variety of trail mixes, vodka.
Bryon, Wimauma, Fla.
Energy Bars (protein, peanut butter). At home smoothies with Vitamix blender; Vitamin Water drink.
JD, Sun River, Utah
Homemade banana smoothie with frozen-concentrate lemonade added; pour into an empty Gatorade bottle and you’re off to the courts.
Alex, Carlsbad, Calif.
Peanut M&M’s, assorted cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread and diet coke.
Steve, San Diego, Calif.
Almonds, apples and Power Aid drink.
I am looking to collect more food ideas, so please keep emailing me your favorite snack ideas for a day on the courts.
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