I am a member of the Pickleball USA group, no surprise there I suppose. They just issued their first issue of Pickleball Magazine in an online format and I'm so excited!
But I find it awkward to reading this on my Kindle and would like to have a paper form to read and share with friends to encourage them to join the organization, so I muddled through the website to do just that.
As I'm reading it I was struck by how many people mentioned in the magazine that I know personally.
There was an article about Kelly Kirk who owns and operates Riverstyks, based in Winona MN. They are producing some of the newest types of paddles and have a line of brightly colored balls. I can't wait to get a new paddle when I'm back in the area and playing with her at the YMCA in Winona again. Hmmm, I think I'll go online and order some fun indoor balls for use while I'm here in Florida.
Another article featured Palm Creek RV in Casa Grande AZ, where I definitely will be spending some time next winter! They have 32 pickleball courts and the past president is Tom Gearhart, who I play with when in Minnesota for the summer months.
There were several articles about the winners of the Senior Nationals, and one of them was my neighbor while we were in Hemet CA - Rosalie Knutsen. She plays in the National tournaments and took a bronze in the 75+ singles category. Yup, those ladies are between 75 - 79 and there is a category for over 80. Before you envision any kind of dottering old people, I dare you to try a game with them...they are wicked good! I had the good fortune to receive some coaching and training from her during my stay in California.
The magazine has lots of articles on how to improve your game, where the tournaments are and how to find the right paddle. It is just chock full of information and I get excited just thinking about it.
Long Live the Queen of Pickleball