Pickleball Gainesville

pickleball players watercolor

© 2019 JudyRobinson

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.

Pickleball Tournaments

pickleball tournament

©2019 JudyRobinson

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.

pickleball poses watercolor

© 2019 JudyRobinson

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!

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