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Updated by Jackie Gilligan  January 24, 2020     (

From the Pickleball Community

From Chris Beal



Sure hope your year is beginning with good health and lots of pickleball!!!

Now that all the holiday "goodies" are gone and we are still "working" on those New Year resolutions, folks are getting back to the gyms and yes, the courts are full!!  Lots of fun activities/clinics/leagues/tournaments happening and just lots of happy folks with paddles in their hands.

The Denver Metro Pickleball Association's 2020 Pickleball Socials are beginning on Saturday, February 1st - there are two sessions: 5:45 - 7:45  and 7:45 - 9:45 at the indoor Meadow Creek Courts - 6305 6th Ave, Denver - they will have 6 courts with one dedicated to beginner players.  Registration is free for DMPA members or $15 for non-members.  Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  You need to RSVP so contact Alana Romans at:  These are fun and the weather will be perfect !!!

Boulder Parks and Rec offers two Pickleball leagues beginning in Jan.  The Competitive league starts Jan 23 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm - 6 week season and the Recreational league begins Jan 21 at 10 am - 12 pm also a 6 week season.  for more info contact Matt Kamhi at 303-413-7477


Denver Parks and Rec is offering a beginning 6 week clinic  on Feb 12 - March-18 at Eisenhower.  Intermediate one day tournament prep workshop at Southwest Rec Center on Jan 24th.  Cost is minimal !!!

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!!

Parker Racquet Club   - is adding a "Pickleball Select" program to their playing schedule for folks who want constant play with groups of similar ability.  They will offer three levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced - once a week for 2+ hours.  The plan will be to not have more than 2 players sitting out and they will use 4 courts. Please contact  Diane Reichler and ask her to email you the complete info with directions on how you register/sign up for this group.  You can also ask for the info for next week drop in times and to be on their mailing list -

Simplified Pickleball  for folks with memory issues is still happening every Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00 at Whitlock Rec - caregivers must attend with the player for Simplified Pickleball.

Impact Pickleball  is always busy and offers so many opportunities for play.  They are located at:  One superior Dr, Unit B, Superior, Co 80027.  Ian McPherson is the director - 303-419-4702 and I am sure he would love to add you to their mailings.  

Beginner's free clinic every Friday at 3:00 at Whitlock Rec Center - 1555 Dover in Lakewood - just show up!  Bring a friend or two !!


Denver Parks and Rec Pickleball Blast Tourney at Southwest Rec Center, 9200 W Saratoga Place (Kipling and Quincy)  on Feb 20th is filling up - still have openings in Intermediate Mixed doubles and Men's Advanced doubles.    Great prizes and fun folks.  Limited enrollment so get registered quickly - or give Joe a call - 720-865-0603

Winter Blast Tournament -  Jan. 25 & 26th Wasson High School - Colorado Springs - not sure if registration is closed/full but you could give Alia Rieker a call - 719-360-9447 to check.  It is a skills level tourney with a round robin format.  The tourney is a fund raiser for one of their educational programs.  

Greeley Rec is offering a 50+ Doubles Tournament    - February 19 - 21st - they have created an interesting division called "Leisure" which is a 3.0, then there is the Intermediate @ 3.5 and Advanced @ 4.0 divisions.  Women's divisions will play on Feb. 19, Mixed will play on Feb 20th and Men's on Feb 21st.  Contact Lorraine Zamora - 970-350-9421  or for registration info.

Wyoming Winter Senior Olympics happens Feb 6 - 8th in Laramie.  This looks really fun with events in Nordic skiing, speed skating, downhill skiiing, swimming, hockey, power walking, fat bike racing, showshoeing, biathon AND PICKLEBALL !!!  Must be 50+ to participate.  Registration and info at:  - one fee covers unlimited number of events.  Bring It on is their theme!!!!

The Rocky Mountain Pickleball Championship Tournament registration opened Jan 10th.  The tourney will be held at the Apex Pickleball Complex on July 31st - August 2nd.  there will be doubles, singles and open pro event this year.  It is a USAPA sanctioned event.  Check it out at: - great view of the Apex complex!!!

Chris' Corner -  

Have you had your fill of the 2020 vision jokes????  Well, I love jokes so I really did not mind but it did make me think about the suggestion we always include in our beginning clinics regarding eye protection. Yes, we say it is not a "rule" just a good idea and then I look on the courts and very few players are playing with any eye protection except very good player I saw last week who had acquired a pretty good bump and bruise above his left eye.  Of course I  asked "what happened" ?  He said in a very quiet tone that "somehow" his paddle contacted that area of his face, he was not wearing any "goggles"  at the time and felt very lucky since he did not manage to "smack" his eye but he is now a firm believer in eye protection.  So perhaps the 2020 vision comments might encourage you to try some "goggles" ????  Just saying....