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From the Pickleball Community

From Chris Beal

JUNE News  

Hello everyone,

No, you did not miss the May newsletter - it seems that my May and half of June just disappeared before I found a few hours to send out some pickleball news.  Hopefully, the summer will slow down a bit!!!

The Denver Metro Picklball Association is hosting a social on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer - this month is it June 20th at 4:30 @ the MLK outdoor courts. Registration is free but they would like to know if you are coming and since the date is close, check with Alana Romans to see if space is available -  Snacks and drinks are provided and they will rotate the location of the socials during the summer so it would be great if you got on their mailing list even if you are not available for the June social so you will receive the upcoming dates/locations.  Ask Alana for that information.

Higlands Ranch  will offer a doubles league beginning June 27th at Tanks Park, 10371 S. Broadway.  Sorry I do not have the contact info but give them a call.

COFFEE - ROLLS - PICKLEBALL !!!  Be sure to put this on your calendar -Saturday - July 13th  - 9:00 - 11:00 - at the outdoor courts at Whitlock Rec Center - 1555 Dover - Lakewood Parks and Rec is inviting all of you

to a open house/social to say thanks for playing in Lakewood.  Kyle is setting this up (with a little help from me) and we will have some fun activities/contests (with prizes!!) for you as well as regular pickleball.  Prizes will happen, folks will visit, Simone will be there, coffee from Village Roaster will help start your Saturday morning and a few protein bars, fruit and rolls will add to the morning social.  Bring all your friends -  does not matter where you normally play - come join us in Lakewood for a fun filled morning.

Want to try a little competition outside of your group of regular players but don't want to do a tournament? Linda Schley and Kristi McCauley have started a Pickleball Flex League.   I am sure they would love to have you contact them for more information. In this league,  you determine your home court and play there so you have the flexibility to play at different courts on a day and time you decide with your opponents.  They will set the schedule of who you play for that session.  Give Kristi a call @ 303-725-9161  or get on line at - for more info.  

 We have started a drop in time slot at St. Charles Rec Center for Folks with Parkinsons - if you know anyone who might enjoy playing (we will teach them the game or they can just play) please let them know.  We will be there this coming Tues 12 - 2:00 pm and then it will be the first and second Tuesdays of the month.

Ever thought about refereeing???  There are so many tournaments occurring and the number of referees available is low can learn to "ref" at the FREE referee Training Clinic on July 19th in Vail.  What a great time to take a drive over the pass, get out of the heat and meet Bob Paulsen, referee extraordinaire, who is the USAPA Great Plains Region's referee trainer.  Give Jerry Stevens a call - 970-471-3757 or  email him at if interested and to get directions, start time, etc.  I know you will enjoy meeting Bob and most tournaments now pay their referees - not a significant source of income but still.....


Impact Sports in Superior continues to offer skills/drills  as well as open play Monday - Thursday mornings.  Ian also provides private and semi-private lessons.  Contact him for more details:    -

The Parker Racquet Club has added some new drop-in time slots for intermediate and advanced level players.  Monday and Wednesday - 12:30 - 3:30, Thursday - 9 am - 12 and Sunday - 9 am - 1:00.  They are also offering Beginner Boot Camp/Drills on Thursday morning starting June 20th.  Lessons - private or group - are also available.  The first PRC tourney will be Sept. 21 & 22.  Visit the web site - (click on pickleball tab) or email Mike Andersond - for any questions about their program.  Fees range from $4 - $6 with punch card options or $7 ( divide that by 3 or 4 hours and not dealing with the sun or wind....not a bad deal!!!)

Simplified Pickleball for players with memory issues occurs every Tues from 1 - 3 at Whitlock Rec Center 1555 Dover St in Lakewood.  Plans for a Saturday drop in time slot in Denver is also in the works.  Caregivers must attend the sessions (welcome to play or just watch).

Stephanie McDonald from the Peak to Peak Pickleball Club announced the Mark Renneson clinics in Buena Vista - clinic dates are July 23, 24 or 25 - each day covers a different element of the game and lessons are available before and after the clinics - to see detailed descriptions of each clinic and to register go to:

 The Ridge hours have changed a little bit for the summer - drop in on Mondays ends at 11:00 instead of 12:30

Golden Community Center has drop in pickleball on Mon, Wed and Fri from 7 - 9 am  two courts (vigorous play) and Tues. 3 - 5 pm one court (vigorous play)

Apex Center indoor drop in times have a few changes also - Sundays 9 - 11 for 3.5+ and 11 - 1:00 for 3.0-  No drop in on July 4 and the facility is shut down for maintenance Aug 19 - 23.


The Spring Blast tourney hosted by Denver Parks & Rec AOA  finally happened after two rain dates.  The outdoor courts at Eisenhower Rec Center, saw some excellent play throughout the day and Denver AOA worked hard to host a great tourney.  Joe and Laura wanted me to let all the players know that they appreciated your patience with the date changes. Great paddles for first place teams and super nice coolers for the second place teams in each division.  

Rocky Mountain State Games   was filled with great matches and saw some amazing play over the three days of competition.  It was under new leadership this year and players were given lots of play time - thanks Mike Hoxie.

South Suburban Parks and Rec will host the Second Annual Firecracker Finale Tourney on July 20 & 21 at Cornerstone Park- divisions 2 - 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 in women's, men's and mixed doubles.  Contact Ryan @ 303-483-7035 for details and registration.  You can also reserve courts at Cornerstone.

Colorado Open tourney - July 12 - 14 at Apex - check "  for more info.

Pikes Peak or Bust Tourney - on July 27 & 28 at Monument Valley Park - Colorado Springs - all proceeds go to the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association in Colorado Springs.  Two age groups (19-54 & 55+) in each division 3.0 - 5.0.  Guaranteeing at least five games for every team.  Alia Rieker is the tournament director - - 719-360-9447 - check with her regarding openings for the tourney since registration opened in April.

2019 Vail Pickleball Open - Aug 13 - 18 - USAPA sanctioned tourney, Registration deadline July 15 - register at  tourney director Jerry Stevens - 970-479-2457 or  This is one of the few tourney that offer singles play.  Age and skill divisions available.

Pickleball For Heroes Tournament will be at Apex outdoor courts on August 24 & 25 with 100% of proceeds going to Operation TBI Freedom - a progam of Craig Hospital.  Always great tourney (I understand there will be MORE games/matches this year than in the past) -  with nice shirts and fun folks!!! Register at - contact the tourney directors at: or Ken Marquardt at:


The Great Plains Regional Tournament starts Sept 8th and registration is open. USAPA membership is a requirement.  Go to:

Chris' Corner

For those of you who play in the Lakewood area, in additon to the dedicated courts at Whitlock and Green Mountain, there are courts with painted lines at Addenbrooke, O'Kane, South Simms and Lakewood Estates.  At these 4 locations, there is a storage bin with at least one if not two portable nets.  If you find there are no nets in the storage bin or if there is only one net and you generally have 8 players, please let me know ( and we will see that more nets are provided.  You need to provide your own paddle and pickleballs.  If there is a lock on the storage bin, the combo is 1555.