Tag: pickleball

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka Is Pickleball a good bet? 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…

Hello, September

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club says, “Hello, September,” with hopes of cooler weather soon! We’ve continued to play in the early morning hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7 to 10 a.m.) and on Saturday evenings (7 to 10 p.m.) We manage play and court scheduling using an online sign-up genius. If you would…

Pickleball Fun Through the Summer

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club members continue to play—even during this heat! But it’s August already—another six weeks and we should be seeing some cooler weather—and some of our northern friends returning. We miss them all! We have had a small core group of players braving the heat in the early mornings and evenings,…

2020 Pickleball Rocks Players of the Year

David Zapatka 2020 was a crazy year. Many pickleball tournaments were canceled. 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 Equipment Company recognized a mixed doubles pair…

July Pickleball News

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club continues to play throughout the summer—early in the morning or in the evening under the lights. Club times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m. (or whenever it gets too hot) and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.  We encourage everyone to come out…

June Pickleball News

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club has had a great spring season, and now we’re into the summer months and heat. We’re missing all our northern friends, many of whom stayed a few extra weeks this spring and have just recently left. We had several “good-bye” gatherings that were lots of fun. Our summer hours…

SunBird Pickleball News

Ed Hennek, one of our three winners for the End of Season Round Robin

                      Suzanne Lipke We had a great end of season party at the courts on March 27—more than 50 people for the picnic at the tables next to the courts, and more than 40 people playing in the Round Robin. Thanks to everyone who came…

Relishing Pickleball: 12 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them: Mistakes 9 and 10

David Zapatka This 12-common-mistakes column began after playing with some very excited, highly-motivated, new pickleball players at our community courts recently. After playing a couple games, this question was posed to me, “What should we do to improve and become 3.5 players?” We reviewed the first eight mistakes the past four months. This month we…

Pickleball Club’s Been Busy!

Jolene Isom and Amy Cooper (Joe Dingeldein in the background)

Suzanne Lipke Spring has arrived in Arizona, and the weather has been perfect! The SunBird Pickleball Club has had a busy couple of months. Pete Prucha, our local Gearbox representative and friend, organized a “Novice Clinic” for some of our newer players on Feb. 21 and 28. Everyone enjoyed the chance to work on some…