Tag: pickleball

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…

Pickleball Club Welcomes New Members

Paul and Cindy Krautwurst

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club has had a good beginning of 2021 and would like to welcome some new members: Judy Corkery, Mike Ohlmann, Tammy Ward, Bruce and Cindy Wilson, Jim Zaccone, and Gil Gilliland. We hope to see you guys again soon and often. And congratulations to Paul and Cindy Krautwurst on becoming…

Relishing Pickleball: Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them (Part 2)

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?” Last month, we reviewed the first two mistakes. This month, we take a…

What’s Happening in SunBird Pickleball?

Sue and JD

Marianna Buescher The SunBird Pickleball Club had a day of fun festivities on the courts where everyone dressed in their Christmas theme! JD and Sue got the prize for most festive players! Many players have returned to SunBird, so there are all levels of play in our community from 2.0 to 4.0 play. If you…