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From the Pickleball Community

Arvada pickleball players won the Golden Tennis Shoe Award for the largest team at the Arvada Ralston House .5k  Endurance Challenge. Seventy-one generous people registered with the Picklebll Group.  A big thanks to all of you! The funds raised at the race today will help abused kids and their families. Pickle peeps are the best!  Look for the golden shoe at the outdoor courts.

2016 Ralston House .5K

Arvada Pickleball Players

From Chris Beal

June News From Chris

June News & Updates

Hello Everyone,


Summer may not be officially here until June 21 but the summer heat has arrived!!!  I am seeing lots of early morning outdoor play and the beautiful Colorado evenings seem to fill the courts.  Indoor play is not quite as crowded now and lots of players enjoy being out of the hot sun, wind and the past two days ...rain!!  Pickleball is just plain fun in or out!!!

Events coming up real quick:

The Colorado Open Tournament    happens this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the  Apex courts (82nd and Simms).  

The  Denver Blast Tournament will be at the outdoor and indoor MLK courts - 3880 Newport St, Denver - on June 27th.

 The Denver Metro Pickleball Association is hosting a Pickleball Potluck and Play Event on June 26th at Congress Park - 4:30 - 8:00 - what to bring???last name A - H an appetizer, I - P a main dish and W - Z a dessert.

 Want a fun job?????  Lifetime Fitness in Parker is looking for a Pickleball Coordinator for their active 6 court indoor program.  The position includes supervision of open drop in sessions, league play and more??? if interested.  Free family membership and an hourly wage is offered for the position.  If interested, contact Scott Winters - 303-995-4305 or

Drop in times at the Schlessman YMCA now requires a membership to the Y but they do accept Silver Sneakers.  Drop in times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays - 1 - 3:00 - give them a call to be sure times have not changed.

Lessons for beginner play:

Southwest Rec Center  (9200 W. Saratoga Pl) offers Beginner Learn to Play clinics every Tuesday - 9:30 - 10:30.  Regular drop in times at SW are M,W,F and Sat. 10 - 1:00.  This is a great facility with very supportive staff (they look forward to filling in if you need a fourth!!) and the lessons are taught by the Rec Center Supervisor!!! How often does that happen!!!

Whitlock Rec Center (1555 Dover) offers beginner clinics every Friday3-5

Drop in time at Whitlock Rec on Tuesdays 1 - 3 for those players that might need a little more help due to dementia issues .  Instruction and supervision is available but caregivers need to attend also.

Tournments and clinics:

South Suburban Parks and Rec will be offering Pickleball for Youth - ages 7 - 12  - clinic on July 9 - 13 - 1:00 - 4:00 at Cornerstone Park.  

They will also have a  great adult tournament - the first annual Firecracker Finale on July 14 & 15th .      Contact Ryan Daberkow - or 303-483-7035 for registration information for both events.  South Suburban also offers on going clinics and Boot Camps in June and July according to skill rating and  they also offer private lessons.  Check out their wonderful newsletter for all the details  - give them a call or email to get on their list.

The 4th Annual Pickleball for Heroes Tournament - September 1 - 3 is open for registrations - this is a great tournament that Ken runs and 100% of the proceeds go to Craig Hospital's OperationTBI Freedom.  The tournament is held at the 24 beautiful outdoor Apex courts - 82nd and Simms St - go to PICKLEBALLFORHEROES.ORG to register or contact Shauna Hilgers - 303-596-3042 or SHAUNAHILGERS@GMAIL.COM

The 2018 USAPA Sanctioned Battle of the Paddle tournament will be held at the 8 dedicated outdoor pickleball courts in Gypsum, Colorado - Sept. 27, - 30 - register at - deadline to register is Sept 15th.

Clinics and Lessons with David Redding returns to Buena Vista, Co July 10 - 12 - clinics are skill level based and divided into 3 different areas of emphasis - registration limited to 12 per clinic so register early.  Small group and private lessons are also available.  Register at: or contact Stephanie McDonald - 281-685-3557

"So you think you aren't qualified to be a ref" - Marc Rinehart shared a great article from the SSIPA facebook by the Pickleball Rocks Team - it encourages folks to help grow the sport by volunteering to ref a match or two for tournaments and takes the opinion that if you have played pickleball more than twice, you are qualified to be a referee.  A ref has three main tasks:  you have to tell the teams what the score is, you have to watch for foot faults on the service line and during play to watch for faults at the non-volley zone.  The article stresses that certified refs are certainly needed to bring a level of professionalism to the sport but most of us can lend a hand when a tournament director needs a little help. Check out the SSIPA facebook for the complete article.

Chris' Corner

The many facets of pickleball offer so many opportunities to engage in this fun sport. There are clinics, lessons, tournaments and leagues but we often forget that most players just want to go out and have a great day with fellow pickleball players.  It is a great way to exercise, socialize and enjoy those amazing shots that we never imagined were "in us".  I love to fill up the newsletter with lots of "stuff" that is happening in the various pickleball communities in the metro area but  sometimes the "competitve" facet of pickleball gets all the ink.  So be sure and let me know of events other players might be interested in or just "fun" things that have happened during play.

  If you have fellow players/friends who would like to receive this newsletter, please forward it to them as I can not add anymore names at this time or my cost doubles - thanks!