It is with great delight I share with you my new-found love of pickleball.
Pickleball Original Artwork
I create artwork around pickleball. I am a wood artist and a watercolor (urban sketcher) and acrylic-painting artist.
At the indoor pickleball court in town, I usually spend 3 mornings/week playing pickleball.
And then there’s time spent reading about strategies, watching tournaments on YT and studying drills and techniques I can practice with friends or against the back wall of the house.
Currently I’m looking forward to playing in my second tournament.
My first ever tournament (in Alachua) was an incredible learning experience. I’d been playing pickleball about 4 weeks and signed up. The tournament was so close to where I lived and I wanted to know what it was like. I am grateful to my first pickleball partner. She was game to embark on the experience — even though we had little at the time.
Looking for tournaments requires some web sleuthing skills, but I am pleased with what I find on a pickleballtournaments.com. As a new (4 month) member of USAPA, I enjoy reading the Pickleball Magazine and watching for interesting updates.
This page is dedicated to resources, links to blog posts, and updates on pickleball.
Gainesville, FL Pickleball Updates
When I first wanted to play pickleball — and find some people to join — I found it difficult. I found lots of places listed in my iPhone apps, but who wants to go to a court without knowing there are others there to play. When I found “pickleball ambassadors” listed on the USAPA website, I emailed them. I’ve found local people and am enjoying meeting them.
My latest update (Oct. 2019) is about the new pickleball courts being built at Northside Park in Gainesville. I cannot wait for April or May 2020 when the courts will be completed.
I’d been going to Northside Park using the one marked tennis/pickleball court to practice with friends. And the two racquetball courts were great to practice my serves — but they have been torn down to make way for 4 new dedicated pickleball courts with observer bleachers. And “enhanced” tennis courts (presumably enhanced means with pickleball court lines also painted on them). FANTASTIC!
I do hope the Gainesville Sports Commission will set up a cool tournament to celebrate their grand opening in April 2020!