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From the Pickleball Community

From Chris Beal

Colorado Pickleball Player


Hello everyone,

Where I grew up, there were lots of "very small" towns you would drive through on your way to somewhere else and we would say if you "blink" you will miss the town - I guess I must of blinked because I missed Fall in Colorado!!!!  Now that we are inside, we get to "wait" a little more and "chat" with our fellow players - not such a bad thing but I was really hoping for a long Fall and I don't even mind sweeping/blowing leaves off the courts.  Oh well, maybe next year!!!

I have failed to mention this for a few months but I would really encourage you to join the United States of America Pickleball Association -USAPA - this is the governing body of pickleball for our nation - USAPA sets the rules, tests and approves paddles and balls, regulates player ratings, trains tournament officials, provides grants to schools and camps to purchase balls and paddles, sanctions tournaments and works to promote and grow our sport -  the dues are not much and you will receive the Pickleball magazine, get the monthly newsletter and maybe a USAPA t-shirt (not sure if they still do that).  Check out this link to view the magazine: or contact for more info.


Meadow Creek (6305 W. 6th Ave - 303-232-6272) is now open 3 days a week - what a great way to enjoy the game - no wind, rain or snow but that great outdoor court feeling.  Play Sundays 5 - 8 pm, Tuesdays 10 am - 1 pm and Wednesdays 7 am - 10am.  Be sure to chat a little with Graham while you are there since he will be moving to Ireland before too long!!!

Want some some fun indoor pickleball in a bubble??  South Suburban Parks and recreation is hosting pickleball socials at the Littleton Tennis Bubble now through April.  there are 6 courts open from 7 - 10 pm on Saturdays (no social on Nov 16th), cost is $8 per person.  Bring your own paddles and balls.  Courts will be leveled for play and the Centennial Grill restaurant is on-site to provide food and drink!!  Sounds like party time!!!

Parker Racquet Club also offers indoor play on outdoor court surfaces in their new facility - drop in times this Sunday is 9 am - 12pm - check with Diane Reichler for more drop in info for next week and to be on their mailing list -

Going in the opposite direction - Power 2 Play Sports - 5699 Crooked Stick Drive in Windsor continues to provide lots of opportunity for drop in and league play on 12 courts  -M-F 8:30 - 2pm, cost is only $3 - contact Jean Marsh if you have questions 310-717-0225.

Golden Rec Center is adding some more hours for drop in play - check out Mon, Wed and Fri 7 - 9 am,  Tues 3 -5 and Thurs 2 - 4 .  Golden is also in the process of providing lighted outdoor courts - not sure when they will be ready or the exact location (tennis courts by the library) but give them a call if you are interested in playing on those sunny, warm days that will surely find us again - 303-384-8122 - thanks to Bob Stokes and Carol Stilwell for all their efforts!!!!

Bernie Mills- ambassador Broomfiled area -  is a great resource especIally for those of you that play in the northern areas - check with him about getting on his email list if you are interested in play in that area -

New outdoor lighted courts will be built in Bear Valley and plan to open late Summer, early Fall 2020 - this is great that Denver Parks and Recreation is providing courts in that part of the district - not many outdoor courts available around that area.

South Suburban Rec will offer a beginning (1.0 -2.5) Boot Camp on Wednesdays @ Lone Tree starting Nov 6th - 27th - 2 - 4 pm - Contact Ryan to register - 303-483-7035

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!!!  AND check out Simplified Pickleball for folks with memory issues every Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00 at Whitlock Rec - caregivers must attend with the player for Simplified Pickleball.

 Wheat Ridge Rec  will have a free beginners clinic on Nov. 22 - 12 - 2:30  - there is a limit on the numbers of participants so please register early to reserve a spot - 303-231-1300.  

Wheat Ridge is also ready to go with a Winter doubles league - info at the same number above.


Beginner's free clinic every Friday at 3:00 at Whitlock Rec Center - just show up!  Bring a friend or two !!

Congrats to all the players in the Team Challenge event in Steamboat - players from Utah, Florida, Seattle and Boston flew in to join 15  teams on the 23 courts at the tennis center.  Each person played between 21 - 30 games during the Challenge !!!

Another big shout out to all players who participated in the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, UT last week.  And good luck to our Colorado players at the USAPA National Tourney at Indian Wells, Ca next week !!! Safe travels and have some fun!!! Let us know how you did!!!


PREMIER PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT - @ Power 2 Play - Windsor  - Friday November 8th - men's & women's doubles - 3.0, 3.5,4.0+ - play begins at 4:30 and the cost is $40 per player - proceeds go to Berthoud H. S. Girls Basketball program - registration deadline is Nov 1st - register at: - questions contact Alan Gibson - 970-590-2504.

HEAT UP THE KITCHEN INDOOR TOURNEY at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs  - Nov 16 & 17th  skill levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ - round robin format on 9 courts - register - or call 719-360-9447. Cost is $35 per person with proceeds going to the Achieve Online school at Wasson - registration has been open for awhile so call right away if interested.

3RD ANNUAL TURKEY BALL SHOOTOUT ON NOVEMBER 29 & 30.  Orlie Carpio and crew are back at it at the Highland Meadows Tennis Center in Windsor on 8 beautiful outdoor surface courts under the bubble.  12 team limit per skill division 5.0 - 3.5 - men's and women's doubles -  $45 per person, round robin format, minimum of five games with seeding into a single elim bracket.  Lunch available for $5 both days.  Registion DEADLINE Nov 17th - register:

Chris' Corner -  

As indoor courts get busy again, please be mindful that the courts do belong to everyone and each person waiting would really like their time on the court.  Please "follow" that venue's rules for rotation onto the courts, regular or rally scoring, game points, sliding to the next court, winners splitting, paddle stacking or not, etc.  The Golden Rule seems to really be the only one we really need along with a safety rule or two:  please call "ball" when one is rolling toward another court so players do not step on that ball and fall - also PLEASE DO NOT just hit or kick the ball back toward the court it came from - instead, pick up the ball and look to see who is holding up his/her hand indicating where you should toss the ball.  When you kick or hit the ball back, it often ends up causing more problems and does not go where it needs to.  Thanks for keeping our courts safe and making them a fun place to spend some time.