Friday, February 14, 2014

Submitted by Russell Elefterion
USAPA Ambassador, Tampa, FL

Thank you for participating in last year's inaugural Hillsborough County Indoor Pickleball Championships at All People's Life Center.  I want to invite you and all your pickleball friends to this year's tournament being held on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th, 2014  at the same site (All People's Life Center-6105 E. Sligh Ave-Tampa).

This year's tournament will include the following improvements based on player evaluations:

Sanctioned Tier-4 USAPA Tournament
Dry-fit tournament shirts to all first place winners (Of course all players will receive t-shirts)
Ability levels from 2.5-3.0, 3.5-4.0 and 4.5-5.0
USAPA Pre-Certified Officials (A first for any tournament in the USA)!!!!
All Proceeds benefiting the "Strongdogs" Men's USA Wheelchair Basketball Team!
Sponsorship by Hillsborough County "Friends of the County Parks"
Round Robin Games to 11 points!!! (which means you'll play at least 4-6 teams)!!!
Metals & Awards 1st-3rd place in each division

Last year's tournament had 114 players participating and we hope to have even more playing this year!  Play will be:
Thursday 9am-12noon   Women's Doubles
Thursday 1pm-4pm         Men's Doubles
Friday       9am-2pm         Mixed Doubles

Attached is our Flier and Registration form.  If you have any questions simply email me back!

Happy Pickling!

Russell Elefterion
Program Specialist-Seniors
Parks, Recreation & Conservation
Hillsborough County BOCC

Saturday, March 1 2014: Men’s  and Woman's Division

Sunday, March 2 2014: Mixed Division 

10am-5pm Both Days (or until finish) 

$10 per player - $5 for any additional division. 

 Age Divisions* 50  ans under,  51-64,  65 and over

 *Depending on amount of sign-ups and agreement by all participants, format may be changed to “Open”.

 To sign up, please visit the front desk at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center or call 727-841-4560

CLICK HERE for Registration Form

Friday, September 6, 2013

Stay Out of the Kitchen!

One of the ambassadors up in the Jacksonville Beach area posted this in their recent PickleGram that she sends to the local players.  I thought it was a good write up and wated to share with our players.

A clip from a Pickleball website in regards to the Kitchen:

 “Recently watching a match where a player, (the world famous Jim Hackenberg)
while returning one of those aggravating net-nippers, literally went into the kitchen and laid down during a point.

 His opponent, Josh Grubbs, then tried to hit a dink shot into the kitchen, intending to land it on the now-prone Hackenberg. However, the dink landed successfully in the kitchen, but missed Jim. Jim calmly sat up, while still in the kitchen, and hit the ball back over the net for a winner.

The bottom line is, you can start a point in the kitchen if you want. It's your kitchen. Use it whenever you like. Yes, you can go into the kitchen any time you want and stay as long as you like. Just don't hit a ball out of the air while you are in there.

 And remember, when you leave the kitchen, both feet must be on the ground outside the kitchen before you can hit a ball out of the air”.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hi to all Pickleball Players ,

We would like to announce some upcoming dates for tournaments in and around our region.  We are proud to be the tournament directors for these tournaments and we hope that you will all make an effort to support these tournaments as players and/or volunteers.

Tournament information and registration sheets will be available on the USAPA website, the Atlantic South Region website,  and on after May 1, 2013.  We are working on a couple of more tournaments that will be announced as soon as the details are all set.

June 15, 16 2013 :        Orlando ClearOne Doubles Invitational, Orlando, Florida
                                                     Sanctioned Tier 4 Skill/Age Combination (Indoor)                                                                                                          
August 17, 18 2013:     Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational, Aiken, S.C. 
                                                       Sanctioned Tier 4  Skill/Age  Combination.                                                                
                                              Social meet and greet on Friday evening August 16.                                                                                                 
Sept 13,14,15 2013    Battle of Franklin, Franklin, Tennessee  
                                                Sanctioned Tier 4   Age Level Tournament

Oct 25,26,27 2013:       Tampa Bay Senior Games, Tampa, Fl  

Nov 1, 2, 2013:              Myrtle Beach Seaside Classic, Myrtle Beach SC,
                                              Sanctioned Tier 4 Age Level Tournament
                                     Dinner Dance on Thursday night, October 31

Dec 14, 15 2013:          4th Annual Riverbend Classic, LaBelle, Fl  
                                             Sanctioned Tier 4 Skill/Age Tournament

Jan 31, Feb 1,2 2014:   Atlantic South Regional, Naples, Florida  
                                             Sanctioned Tier 3 Age Level Tournament 
                                     Social dinner Thursday, January 30, 2014                                           

March 21, 22, 23 2014:  East Naples Skill Level Tournament, Naples, Fl.    
                                            Sanctioned Tier 4 Skill/Age Tournament

Registration forms, flyers, and on-line registration will be available after May 15  for the June, August and September tournaments.  Check back often for additional tournament forms.  

We look forward to seeing all of you!!

Cindy Eddleman
Nancy Meyer
Tournament Co-Directors

USAPA Ambassador from Wesley Chapel

Don Bass,
Ambassador, Wesley Chapel, Fl

Our very own Meadow Pointe Player, was recently appointed as the USAPA Ambassador for Wesley Chapel, Fl.   The following appears on the USAPA Atlantic South Region Ambassador Profile page................  He joins more than 50 other ambassador who represent the State of Florida.

Don was born in Brooklyn, New York and af  ter living most of his life in Carmel, New York, was transferred to the Tampa Bay area in 1990 by AT&T along with his wife Linda. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and is now actively engaged in his second career, this time as a Broker Associate selling residential real estate throughout the Tampa Bay area. Don was introduced to Pickleball by our current Regional Ambassador Donna Donald and her husband Rich (ambassador, Florida Heartland) back in the winter of 2007 and fell in love with the game. He continues to help organize a group in Wesley Chapel that plays in the Meadow Pointe (MP) community. He has encouraged new players in the surrounding community and taken part in demonstrations at local schools and neighboring communities helping them get their groups started. He plays 3 nights a week with his group in MP and wishes he had the time to play more. He hopes to take a few of the MP players with him to the upcoming tournament in New Port Richey, FL and then to Temple Terrace, FL to help introuduce pickleball at another new pickleball facility in Tampa Bay.

Congratulations, Don!

Friday, January 18, 2013

MP Players on the Road

Submitted by
Don Bass

 On Saturday, January 12th, eight of our local players from Meadow Pointe (MP) took part in the Warm Up to the Geezer Meister tournament doubles competition in New Port Richey

Congratulations to our winners! Karen Hinnen and Marilyn Howell - First Place in the Ladies Doubles,

Chris Atkinson and Zach Hinnen - First Place in the Men's under 55 Doubles -

Tom Saxton and Ernesto Diaz - Second Place the Men's under 55 -

....... and on Sunday four of us competed in the mixed doubles.
Karen Hinnen and Zach Hinnen won 2nd Place in the under 55 category.

 Below is a group photo!

 On Monday January 13th, five members of MP joined me and Hudson, FL ambassador Lee Boerckel, in presenting a pickleball demonstration at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex.

Special thanks to our MP volunteers  that joined me :Renee Glassman, John Hutton and Suzi and Pat Zwolenki. The turnout was light as seen in the photo, but several more ladies attended later in the two hour session.  While it was not very well organized by the  Recreation Center, our  hope is that a few of the employees at the Recreation Complex learn to play the game, in order to be available to guide anyone new coming to learn to play in the future.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pickleball, New Players and Pizza

It was a fun night at MP II tonight and we had a pretty good group of 12-14 out to play.  

Two new MP Picklers!  Dave and Sharon stopped by one day last week to see what the game was all about.  Not surprising that they were back this week - MP players always make newbies feel welcome.

But tonight they were serious - they were taking notes on where to get their own paddles!!

 Rich(back row far right) and I (Donna - front row-3rd from righ)  came to play with the group tonight.  We sold our home here  in Meadow Pointe - so we had to have a final "group" picture!

And frequently on Friday night the group goes out for Pizza. Some go to Marco's and others to Pizza Mania.   Tonight nine of us selected Pizza Mania. Food was great!   Seated below from left to right is Linda and Don, Mark and Renee, Gary, and newbies Sharon and David.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Great American Teach In......

MP Picklers have helped some of the neighboring communities introduce pickleball and most recently the students at the John Long Middle School thanks to MP player, Donald Bass.   The following is from Don:
During the week of November 12th the John Long Middle School (JLMS) will be having the Great American Teach-In.
Recently, I did a brief demo for one of Ms. Como (PE Teacher at JLMS) PE classes and it was well received.   She had about 9 nets set up, and paddles and balls for the students, so all of the students got to try it.  Ms. Como was very pleased with the student's participation……. .so she considered this demo to be a success.  
She would like for a group of us to come one day during the Great American Teach-In week. If we can, we will be reaching out to about 500 students if we are there all day.   
In order to volunteer for this event each of us will have to do a short online application for security purposes. Once completed, we could volunteer at any Pasco County school.   Ms. Como envisions us doing a brief demo in the gym and then going out to the courts to help students try the game with each of her classes that day. 
These are all children from our community, so our time will be well spent.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Winter in Paradise, Sun City Center

Hey Meadow Pointe Picklers
Don't miss this great event this year.
Pickleball for all ages and ALL Skill Levels. 
Information Below 
Hope to see you there!

Winter In Paradise Wing Ding
Sun City Center, Fl 

Larry Neely is holding a pickleball clinic to introduce pickleball to players in the Tampa area.  It is being held at the Cheval Community in Land O Lakes.  If any of you are able to help with the demo, please let Larry now.  His contact information is below. 


Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong and it’s one of the fastest growing sports in America. It may be a silly name, but it’s a serious sport. It’s fast paced and easy to learn, great exercise and lots of fun. Good for all ages …. Come see what the excitement is about!


 Cheval Athletic Club 4142
 Cheval Blvd
 Lutz FL 33558
Sunday November 18th 2012
2.00pm – 4.30pm

Free instruction: come learn from current players of the game. We have all the equipment you need. Just bring yourself.

Larry Neely 813 279 5122