Hello Toledo Picklers
Happy & Healthy New Year wishes to you all!
As the new year starts, I am sure many of you are thinking and preparing for this year’s many Pickleball tournaments. Each year it seems like there are more and more tournaments and thankfully for us, there are many in the local MI/OH area.
I wanted to send out a note on one that I think is going to be top-notch. “Pickleball Fever in the Zoo” will be held in Kalamazoo MI over the Memorial Day weekend. This tournament is a memorial tournament to honor the late Bob Northrop who was instrumental in growing the sport in the Kalamazoo area and who was also responsible for introducing Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg to the game. Jim and Yvonne will be the directors for this tournament and are really putting a lot of effort into making this an outstanding tournament and one that you won’t want to miss.
Here are two links with all the information as well as registration
This is a double elimination skill level tournament with events for Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles. There will be limited space so please consider registering early. The trip over to Kzoo is an easy two-hour drive from the Toledo area.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the courts soon!
A PICKLEBALL SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL!!!! As some of you may already know, there is a contest taking place right now for a small business to have a spot for a commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl-all it takes is a LOT of votes. Pickleball Central is in the running. Pickleball Central is family owned and operated. They are very generous to local tournaments, many of you that competed at the Royal Oak tournament received a nice orange back pack from them. Please read the message from Anna Copley from PC and vote for them. You can vote everyday and to win they will need us to do that! How cool would it be to have a Pickleball commercial during the Super Bowl!!!!
Thank you for your support in the SmallBusinessBigGame.com contest.
In order to succeed we need lots of Pickleball People to vote daily. We are confident we’ll make it to Round Two. Making it to Round Three will be a challenge but we think, with our passionate Pickleball community, we can win this. The winner gets featured in a professional commercial during the Super Bowl. 111 MILLION people watched the Super Bowl last year. Winning this contest puts pickleball in front of the world. We think this kind of exposure would take a big step forward in putting Pickleball courts in every town and every nation and eventually winning this contest will help out Pickleball in the Olympics.
Here’s a link to our entry in the contest https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/wa/PickleballCentralcom/383529
Please encourage people to sign up for the Daily Email Reminder email. After the contest people will not receive a daily email from us! It’s only while we’re still in the running that the daily email will go out. To sign up for the reminders, they just need to email me or call us and ask to be on the contact list.
Thank you again! This is so exciting!
Anna G. Copley
Co Founder and President
6918 S. 220th Street
Kent, WA 98032
Mentor Ohio Recreation Department will be hosting its first ever Pickleball Tournament. Al Hager was instrumental in helping the Mentor leadership with all aspects of their court conversion. They have 6 fabulous courts that are laid out exactly the same as our Toledo complex, the only thing that added was lights! I recently played on these courts and they are really nice.
This will be a skill level tournament and I hope that some of our Toledo players might want to support their efforts. Mentor, OH is an easy 2 hour and 15 minute ride from the Toledo area. The tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 7 & 8. Here is the link for all the tournament details http://cityofmentor.com/wp-content/uploads/pickle-ball-tournament.pdf
Please note that the way to register for the tournament is to call the City of Mentor at 440-974-5720. Deadline for registration is August 30.
Additionally, if you have any questions, please call the Tournament Director Brian Murphy at 440-221-7487.
We’re having a party and you’re invited! Toledo Pickleball is having our second annual cookout, which we run like a potluck for teetotalers–there will be no alcohol as our courts are still owned by the Rossford Board of Education.
Where: Rossford Pickleball Courts, 313 Glenwood Avenue, Rossford OH
When: Sunday, August 4, 2013
What to bring: Please bring your non-alcoholic beverages, a side dish or dessert to pass, and a few paper plates and napkins. Toledo Pickleball will be providing hot dogs, buns, and condiments. Also, please remember to bring a chair and whatever shade apparatus you need–our shelter is still in the planning stage.
After we eat and visit a bit, we’ll play some Pickleball!
We’re looking forward to having everyone together and then playing until the last foursome quits or it’s just too dark. And we’re hoping that some of the people we’ve been missing will show up.
All attendees should feel free to bring a friend to introduce them to this great game.
See you on the courts!
Come and join us for the grand opening of the Pickleball Courts in the Village of Holland. Mayor Mike Yunker, in coordination with Courtsmiths, has built a beautiful three-court facility in Strawberry Acres Park located at 1035 Clarion Ave. Holland, Oh 43528. The festivities will begin Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 am. If you would like to invite a friend please forward on this flyer: Village of Holland Pickleball Courts Grand Opening
Players from our Toledo Pickleball Club will be on hand to instruct and demonstrate the game. We will also have paddles and balls on sale for those who might be interested. I am excited about this great opportunity for our club to grow the sport of Pickleball in the Greater Toledo Area. We are grateful to Mike and his leadership in this project and look forward to the addition of many new players.
See you on the court!
Now you can follow all the events and fun of Toledo Pickleball on Twitter @TolPickleball. Take time to “follow” us today 🙂
For the next open play think about someone you can invite to come and join the fun!
See you on the courts!
Anyone interested in participating in a local skill level tournament? If that is you, then you are in luck. There will be a nice tournament in Howell, Michigan May 18 & 19, the 2nd annual “Hartland Mix It Up In May”! This is a skill level tournament for levels 3.0-5.0 and is USAPA sanctioned. They will host men’s and women’s doubles on Saturday and mixed doubles on Sunday. Deadline to register is Wednesday, May 8th so you still have time to find a partner and enter!
Several of our players have already signed up, so if you are interested I would encourage you to get on board. Please email me if you have any questions. Here is a link to the flyer for all of the details http://www.usapa.org/file/mi/2013_0518_hartland_flyer.pdf
See you on the courts and hopefully in Hartland!
The Rossford Rec will be open until 12:00 noon on Friday, March 29 and will be closed all day Easter Sunday, March 31. Pickleball open play for Friday night and Sunday afternoon will be cancelled both days.
Normal Rec hours resume Monday, April 1, 2013.
See you on the courts!
I have been contacted by Jamie Clay, High School PE teacher at Whitmer High School, wanting to see if we would be able to come in and work with his kids to introduce pickleball. They will be starting this week and he would like us to come in for the following classes.
We can do it all in one day or do two days, depending on who can do what on Thursday and /or Friday this week.
8-9 am; 9:30-10:30 am; 11 am to Noon; 1:15-2:15 pm. An ideal number would be 8 volunteers, which would allow us to have one person help with each court.
Please let me know asap if you can help me with any of these times. Please call me on my cell at 419-509-3023 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately outdoor play will be canceled today. The temperature was cooperating but the wind and wind gusts would make play a bit difficult.
Just a reminder that indoor play starts tomorrow with a free drop-in opportunity at Tam-O-Shanter. If you are considering attending tomorrow, there is a form that will help speed the process if you are interested in buying a $50.00 punch card for 10 plays. Please click this link, print the form, fill out and bring it with you tomorrow morning at Tam-O-Shanter at 9am. Tam-O Pickleball Punch Card Details
For a refresher on all of the indoor play options this fall/winter season, please click this link for my original post https://toledopickleball1.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/toledo-pickleball-winter-play-options/
Please keep in mind we will continue outdoor play as long as we can.
See you on the indoor/outdoor courts!