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From the Pickleball Community

From Chris Beal


Hello everyone,

Congrats to Ken Marquardt, all the players and volunteers for another wonderful Pickleball For Heroes Tourney  The opening ceremonies were impressive.  What a great cause to support the TBI center at Craig Hospital .

Fast aproaching deadline for the Inaugural Parker Racquet Club Tourney !!! Tourney is Sept 21 & 22 - registration deadline is Sept 12 (or when divisions are filled)!!!! The courts are indoor with the outdoor surface (outdoor Franklin X40 optic yellow balls used ) and the facility is huge - this should be a great tourney - this is a skills level tourney (3.0 - 5.0) - round robin format - your entry fee ($45 first event, $20 for second event) includes a tourney shirt and gift bag as well as food and hospitality and free drawings throughout both days.  JT Anderson Chiropratic is sponsoring the tourney and providing kinesiotape, stretching, massage using the Hypervolt and the Magnesphere for players in need of these services.  Register at: or contact Diane Reichler - with any questions.  Parker Racquet Club - 18396 Plaza Dr, Parker, Co

  ****How about a trip to  Steamboat Springs  this fall???  Sept. 14 & 15 are the dates for the  Fall Brawl Team Challenge  - teams of 3 women and 3 men will play in skill divisions 3.0 - 5.0, women's, men's and mixed.  Give Orlie Carpio a call to find out all the details - 970-631-6998.  These team tourneys are gaining popularity and are quite fun!! THEY ARE LOOKING FOR 3.5 MEN AND 4.5 WOMEN TO FILL TEAM ROSTERS but you can also create your own team!!!  Deadline is Sept 8th !!!!

 Kevin Deyo still needs help with getting paddles to take with him when he  travels to Guatemala in October to teach 125 school children in the village of El Rosario in the city of Chimaltenango how to play pickleball.  We can help with his adventure by donating paddles and balls for him to take - new or used.  If you would like to donate, please give me a call and I will get the paddles/balls to him.  Chris - 720-301-2804.

Another great article and picture in the August 22 Denver Post Hub - gives a contact source set up by the Denver Metro Pickleball Association for finding where folks are playing and when as well as the monthly socials the DMPA provides -

 Golden Rec Center is adding some more hours for drop in play - check out Tues 3 -5 and Thurs 2 - 4 - I think they have drop in times 6 days a week now - give them a call for a complete and accurate schedule - 303-384-8122

  Check out the Pickleball for Parkinson's drop in at St Charles Rec Center on the first and second Tuesdays - 12 - 2:00 - please let anyone that might benefit from this know that they are most welcome to join in - we will teach them to play or they can just come and play!!!  Or check out Simplified Pickleball for folks with memory issues every Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00 at Whitlock Rec - caregivers must attend with the player.

 Wheat Ridge Rec is in the process of setting up leagues for this winter.  I will include more details as they finalize dates.

Interested in an Intermediate Pickleball Workshop??  Denver Parks & Rec will offer one on Sept. 14th - 2:00 - 4:00 @ the indoor courts at St. Charles Rec Center - 3777 Lafayette St, Denver - 720-865-2190 - give them a call - registration deadline is Sept 12th - clinic is $5 - $10 depending on your age !!!  

South Suburban:  Call 303-483-7035 to register.  Beginning clinics Sept. 10 (4-6pm) and Sept. 14 ( 2-4pm) @ Cornerstone and Sept 22 (8:15 - 10:15 am) @ Buck, 3.0 clinic Sept 11 (10-12) @ Cornerstone.  Boot Camps - beginners -Oct 3 - 24 (12 - 2) @ Cornerstone

Beginner's free clinic every Friday from 3 - 5 at Whitlock Rec - just show up!

Beginning Clinic at Wheat Ridge on Oct 25th - 12 - 2:30 - call 303-231-1300 to register - it is free but you must register for it.

The outdoor courts at O'Kane Park have  beginner lessons every Saturday morning at 8:00  

Courts - additions, improvements and future sites/venues

Lined courts at S. Simms Park, Addenbrook Park, O'Kane Park and Lakewood Estates - nets in storage box on the courts - 1555 combo.


Chris' Corner -  

Playing hints:  what about that third shot drop????  Do I really need to perfect it ??? Should I always use it ???  

If you want to take your game to the next level, that third shot drop is very important and yes difficult to execute !  The third shot drop is used to allow you and your partner time to get to the NVZ and set up the short game.  However, if your opponent stays in the back court (why would he/she do that???), then you would return the ball deep to that player and keep them back instead of using a drop shot.  Watch videos of 5.0 players and see what type of shots they use and where they want to be on the court.