Tag: pickleball

Arizona Pickleball Players League Adding White Mountain Region

David Zapatka The Arizona Pickleball Players league (APPL) has now expanded its popular team-based pickleball league into its fifth region. After founding the first team-based pickleball league, East Valley Interclub League in 2012 (which has grown ever since), the Arizona Pickleball Players League was formally organized as a nonprofit in 2019 by a group of…

Relishing Pickleball: Forehand Groundstroke

David Zapatka Want some tips to help you with your forehand groundstroke? Quoting from Pickleball Fundamentals by Mary Littlewood, when hitting a forehand groundstroke, “from the moment the ball leaves the opponent’s paddle, you should be tracking its flight with your eyes to aid you in judging the speed and direction of the ball. Move to the…

Relishing Pickleball

Mary Littlewood and David Zapatka

David Zapatka Are you looking for an enriching retirement activity? Are you interested in quality exercise while having a good time? Are you interested in a social environment where you can meet friendly, fun people? Are you interested in making new friends in your community? Consider giving the fastest-growing sport in the world, pickleball, a…

Relishing Pickleball: Is Pickleball a Good Bet?

David Zapatka The Pickleball Players Association (PPA) and Genius Sports, a publicly-traded sports data and tech company, recently announced a long-term deal that sets the stage for sports betting in pickleball. Can you imagine walking into one of our local casinos, hearing raucous cheers and seeing a pickleball match on the big screens in the…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka Reader Liz Houser writes, “I just moved to SaddleBrooke in April and learned to play pickleball in early May thanks to my enthusiastic neighbor Shawne. I just read your article about common mistakes numbers 11 and 12—I found them to be very helpful. Would you be so kind as to send me the…

Relishing Pickleball Across the Nation

David Zapatka 2020 Pickleball Rocks Players of the Year 2020 was a crazy year. Many pickleball tournaments were cancelled. Public pickleball courts were closed and padlocked. That being said, Arizona pickleball players found ways to safely play, and even through the pandemic, new players found pickleball in record numbers. For 2020, Pickleball Rocks Clothing and…

Beginner Pickleball Lessons Reaches 100 New Players!

Front row: Cristina Campbell; middle row (left to right): Joe Murauskis and Steve Arthur; back row: Gerard Wittman

Doris Betuel Open to all homeowners, the Robson Ranch Pickleball Club (RRPC) has been providing free beginner pickleball lessons to any and all players. This program was started a few years ago and most recently has been led by Steve Arthur, long time RRPC member and avid pickleball player. Even with the challenges of COVID…