If you're new to pickleball and buying your first paddle, or have been playing with a beginner's paddle for a while and are ready to step up to a paddle that fits your style of play, then we recommend you go to Pickleball Central and read through their extensive paddle guide. It will point you in the right direction on making a wise purchasing decision. Also you can call Pickleball Central (or any paddle manufacturer) and tell them what you're looking for. Their knowledgeable staff will point you in the right direction.
But do know that not all paddles with the same specs will feel the same. Even two of the identical paddle at different weights will feel different, so we suggest coming out to play and try as many member's paddles as possible before investing in your own.
When you're ready to buy a paddle go to our links & discounts page to get a 5% discount at Pickelball Central or go directly to the manufacturer's website. Pickleball Central and most manufacturers will let you try a paddle (or multiple paddles) for up to 30 days and return it/them for a full refund or exchange. You just pay the shipping. This also allows you to try a number of paddles and just keep the one you like best. (Photo by Dr. J)
The Clarke County Leisure Services Department is asking for feed back on the master plan for Southeast Clarke Park. Many of us attended the meeting last night and weighed in on what we would like. One thing that most wanted is lights, which is not in the current plan. PLEASE GO TO athensclarkecounty.com/parkplanning and click on the green box and review the plan and add comments. We were told that these comments will mean a great deal when the final plans are done. I think that if we had to give up a few of the new courts to get lights it would be good.
The Southeast Master Plan revision should be on the Mayor and Commission calendar for a February vote. In preparation for the vote, Leisure Services will host a public open house on Monday Novenber 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. It will be at the Tennis Center. The plans will be posted online along with a public comment form on the 27th and will be open for two weeks. That will give those that can't attend the open house a chance to weigh in. Please share this information with anyone interested in the master plan.
This includes the plans for the new Pickleball courts and bathrooms so please attend if you can and if not look online and comment. This is our chance to let everyone know that we are interested.
November 2017 Tournament Medal Winners.
Alex Patterson (far right), Presbyterian Village Vice President, presents the title sponsor check for the Pickled Peach Valentine Classic Tournament to Robert Bostrom (middle) and Larry King (left). Photo: Tim Rogan
Pickleball article on NPR's site: Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power of Play.
Article on the local pickleball scene and upcoming tournament just went up on OnLine Athens: Pickleball in Athens growing in popularity
Doc holiday shootout - spaulding county - Aug 2017.
Randy from Lay Park said that he is in need of backpacks for kids when school starts back. AAPA is making a $150 donation from our operating budget for them to use for that purpose. This is one of the ways that the association tries to help the communilty.
This is how Roy and larry looked playing Pickleball at The National Senior Games in Birmingham, Al.
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Tyler H. and Robert P. take Bronze at Get Off Your…and Play Pickleball at Life Time Athletic and Tennis, Peachtree Corners, GA.
2017 National Senior Games
“Two years ago at an annual physical, my physician asked me what I was doing differently. I told him I could only think of one thing…