The Pickleball Olympics: Who Will Win?

Every four years, the whole world gets excited about the Summer Olympics.

Athletes from all over the world come together to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze, but more importantly for the pride of their country.

Well, in the great sport of pickleball, we get to do that once a year.  In 2017 the International Federation of Pickleball brought together 12 countries to battle for the famed Bainbridge Cup.   In Madrid Spain, over 100 players from the United States and Canada joined together as Team North America to win 200 of the total 302 matches played against Team Europe.

The scene of the tournament was like one seen in every summer Olympics.  The teams from each country were all dressed in matching sweatsuits and shirts with the name of their country’s federation on their backs. It was an awesome experience indeed.

This year, the battle between North America and Europe will take place in Montesilvano. Italy on July 20th followed by the 2 day Italian Open Championships.  If you haven’t registered to play yet, there is still time at PickleballTournaments.com.

But if you cannot make it this year, we hope you will support the team by wearing the new Team North America shirts.  They are available in short sleeve, long sleeve and sleeveless for men and women.  But can only be ordered for the next 72 hours.  All orders received by midnight June 29th will be completed and at your door before we leave for Italy on July 14th.  Once you receive your Team North America shirt, please send us a picture of you and friends wearing it so we can post it on our Pickleball Rocks facebook scrapbook page.

So who will win this year’s Bainbridge Cup?  Team North America or Team Europe?   That’s why we play the matches….

Wish us luck,

Rocket

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TEAM NORTH AMERICA SHIRT

Pickleball Rocks Welcomes Pickleball News As Preferred Partner

Our Pickleball Rocks team is excited to welcome our newest preferred marketing partner, Pickleball News to the team. Across the country, a lot of people know and follow the great work of Pickleball News and Pickleball Radio creator, Chris Allen.

This just seemed like a great match for us as we continue to look for ways to help grow the sport of pickleball. Chris’ weekly podcasts contain so many great tips and strategies, that we felt it important to help get that information in front of as many players as possible. We’ll be using our extensive social media and website network to increase listenership for his weekly Pickleball News show.

In return Pickleball News will provide featured Pickleball Rocks ad spots in each news show and a primary Pickleball Rocks ad spot on the Pickleball News website.

It will be cool to be involved with a weekly pickleball news show.  We’ve known Chris Allen for a long time and everyone loves him and his podcasts. We can’t wait for the next new one to come out so we can listen in.  And as their exclusive apparel provider, we know more and more people are going to hear about our brand and the things we do to help the sport of pickleball grow.   We’re excited to help Chris grow his already large listener base.  I can’t imagine a pickleball player not subscribing to his weekly show.

In today’s official press release Chris said, “It is exciting for me to have someone with the marketing reach of Pickleball Rocks touting our weekly shows.  It seems that almost everyone already knows the Pickleball Rocks team and I’m happy to let the rest of world know about their great brand of pickleball apparel and equipment.”

And in case you didn’t know it, all Pickleball News podcasts are free.  Simply sign up to be notified when the next one is ready at www.PickleballNews.com

And even easier, you can listen right on your phone.  Just subscribe via iTunes (which is now Apple Podcasts) and they’ll download to your phone automatically: Click This LInk ===>       https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pickleball-radio/id962730639

Welcome Pickleball News to the Pickleball Rocks Team

Scott Moore, Daniel Moore and Jonathan Moore Join Forces With The Pickleball Rocks Training Academy

Pickleball Rocks Training Academy Welcomes Scott Moore, Daniel Moore and Jonathan Moore To The Team and Launches High Performance Pickleball

Today the team at Pickleball Rocks, announced the launch of their newest pickleball brand, High Performance Pickleball.  Along with this exciting launch, came the great news that the nationally known Pickleball Rocks Training Academy, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has increased its coaching staff by three with the addition of Scott, Daniel and Jonathan Moore.

 

 

Said Pickleball Rocks president Rodney Grubbs, “We haven’t been this excited since the original launch of Pickleball Rocks over 8 years ago.  We couldn’t be happier about adding Scott, Daniel and Jonathan Moore to our Pickleball Rocks Academy coaching team.  The Moore’s certainly take teaching the game of pickleball to a whole new level.  But even more importantly to us is that we are adding a truly great family.  They mirror not only our family values, but our passion to grow pickleball across the globe. They are the perfect choices to take both the Pickleball Rocks and High Performance Pickleball brands around the world.

The Moore family will operate, control and wear our new High Performance Pickleball brand name, and as they do now, will offer high level training boot camps, clinics and mini clinics throughout North America, Europe and Asia.”

Recent US Open triple crown winner Scott Moore added, “It seems like Pickleball Rocks is recognized absolutely everywhere, so we’re happy to be teaming up with one of the most recognized brand names in pickleball.  With their help, we love the thought of building the High Performance Pickleball brand and taking our clinics and boot camps around the world.”

According to terms of the agreement, High Performance Pickleball will be added as a featured  training offering of the Pickleball Rocks Training Academy.  The High Performance Pickleball brand will include a full line of pickleball shirts and hats for sale along with the famous, high intensity training long associated with the Moore family.

To find a clinic or boot camp coming to your town, check the calendar at www.PickleballRocksAcademy.com

To book a High Performance Pickleball event with the Moore’s, contact them at www.HighPerformancePickleball.com

Pickleball Trips Creates Alliance With Pickleball Rocks

Sometimes companies are just meant to work together and this is one of those times.

The press releases have been released and the social media postings posted.
It is going to be so much fun promoting the world class experiences of Pickleball Trips, LLC.

In case you missed the announcement, here it was:

Today, world renowned travel and tour company Pickleball Trips, LLC, inked a long term co-marketing agreement with the fanatical Pickleball Rocks team.

According to the terms of this agreement, Pickleball Rocks will use their worldwide marketing reach to promote Pickleball Trips, LLC as their preferred pickleball travel and tour company.  In return, Pickleball Trips will exclusively market and promote the world famous Pickleball Rocks brand of apparel.

Said Pickleball Trips owner Jonathan Moore, “We realized that our two companies had very similar values and vision to see pickleball grow worldwide.  So, joining together for our mutual benefits was an easy decision.”

Rodney Grubbs, Pickleball Rocks CEO followed up by stating, “my wife and I took a Pickleball Trips tour to Madrid last year and simply fell in love with this company.  We enjoyed the daily pickleball clinics lead by Daniel Moore, and then were wowed each and every day by the tours and tour guides who brought Spain to life for us.  The Moore family and Pickleball Trips do everything first class, and we are excited to let everyone know about this great company.”

Pickleball Rocks will utilize their large social media platform along with the Pickleball Rocks eNewsletter and tournament appearances to promote Pickleball Trip’s ever growing list of world class trips.

Pickleball Trip’s team of Scott Moore, Daniel Moore and Jonathan Moore will co-brand their pickleball coaching and trips apparel with the Pickleball Rocks logo and promote our pickleball apparel around the globe.

If you have never been on a Pickleball Trip’s tour, they are simply amazing.

Click here to learn about their amazing upcoming trips, including a trip to Italy built around the fun Bainbridge Cup and Italian Open pickleball tournaments.

Come join us in Montesilvano, Italy and more.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden To Host USAPA National Pickleball Championships

The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has hit a home run for pickleball.  And Indian Wells Tennis Garden has positioned themselves as the host of pickleball’s premier sanctioned tournament event.

I am certainly not the keeper of all the details of this new pickleball marriage, but here is what we know so far.  It’s ALL GOOD.

This agreement is to host the USAPA National Pickleball Championships for the next FIVE years. Key word “FIVE”.

As soon as the word came out from the recently completed USAPA Ambassador’s retreat/conference, anyone who has ever visited, or Googled and looked at pictures of, the Indian Wells complex, began to scream and moan and groan about how the Tennis Garden has no “real” permanent pickleball courts.

Shame, shame, shame on those short sighted party poopers for trying to rain on the parade of the best deal the USAPA has ever made to promote and grow our sport to major status.  Now before you start penning your blasting emails or comments, let’s think a little bit about what just happened.

The governing body of our sport just created a FIVE YEAR agreement with a $77 million dollar tennis/pickleball complex. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden has themselves listed on the USAPA Places to Play and this is how they list it:
The INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN is an international professional tennis and Pickleball venue owned by Mr. Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corporation. This 77 Million Dollar sports complex includes 29 world class courts and two tennis stadiums. Stadium One is the second largest tennis stadium in the world at 16,100 seats. Enjoy Pickleball under the lights each Wednesday night, 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Enter Gate 7 on Miles Avenue and check in at the pro shop.

Now, yes they have only been playing pickleball there for a short period of time and yes it has only been on temporary courts so far.  But thinking that what the Tennis Garden looks like now, is what the Tennis Garden will look like in November is truly missing the point of why Indian Wells signed this agreement.

As you may have noticed in the Places To Play listing, Larry Ellison is the owner of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  Coming from my personal background in Information Technology, I have known of, and been a fan of Larry Ellison for a long time.  He is always listed in the top ten wealthiest Americans and yes he plays and enjoys the sport of pickleball.

So let’s talk about what really happened in this FIVE YEAR deal between USAPA and Indian Wells.

First, Larry Ellison purchased the Indian Wells Tennis Center and has paid ten’s of millions of dollars to make it into the world class tennis facility it is today.  Each year it hosts the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world, the BNP Paribas tournament.  But besides the Tennis Garden, Mr. Ellison also purchased $30 million dollars worth of land next to the Tennis Garden.  This land is a grass parking lot at this point.  Keep that in the back of your mind for the future.  To read more about the transformation of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from the time Larry Ellison purchased it, here is a great article.

So Larry Ellison is not known for doing things on a small scale.

Don’t think that associating his tennis complex with the USAPA Pickleball Nationals for the next five years will be any different than any other project he has tackled. Indian Wells would NOT be bringing in a pickleball event if it didn’t believe in making it first class.

So what will it take to transform Indian Wells Tennis Garden into a world class pickleball facility?????
The real answer is NOT MUCH.

Think for a moment how hard it is to transform a tennis court into 4 brand new pickleball courts.
IT IS EASY, EASY, EASY.

I and a couple of friends can finds a church parking lot, and in about 72 hours can dump 50 gallon of asphalt sealer on it, paint it, stripe it and bring in 6 commercial grade roller pickleball nets and have you playing on real courts.  Am I exaggerating?  Only a little because “I DON’T LIKE TO PAINT”. 🙂

The big point that I’m trying to make is that the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a $77 million dollar complex with loads of resources at their disposal.  Big tennis complexes resurface, repaint and rearrange courts as easily as you and I change shoes.  They could have as many permanently striped pickleball courts ready to go as they want within weeks.  I know they can convert a stadium court into a stunning Gold Medal Match court in very little time and at a mere drop in their operating expense bucket.

So remember, the Indian Wells facility and organization has five years to work with the USAPA.
I believe the only question is, will they choose to do all the 40+ pickleball courts needed to host a nationals this first year or do they do the permanent courts in in a graduated fashion.  Those are details that we don’t have yet.

But I also believe that if some courts have tempy nets, they would be something like the heavy duty outdoor nets that are quickly becoming popular with larger outdoor tennis facilities around the country.  The Douglas pickleball nets are very heavy duty, outdoor, tennis quality portable nets.  They play just like a permanent net.

So I am extremely confident that year one will be a great show for pickleball.

Yes, I believe the USAPA has hit an absolute home run for the sport of pickleball.  And yes, I believe the Indian Wells Tennis Garden has hit one too.

The 2018 USAPA Pickleball Nationals is set for November 2-12, 2018
Indian Wells Tennis Garden at
78-200 Miles Ave, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Hope to see you there in November,

Rocket
The Pickleball Rocks Team

What Makes A Good Pickleball Tournament Great

Some people love to play pickleball with their local neighborhood friends.  We commonly call this social pickleball.  It is what over 90% of pickleball players do on a regular basis for fun, for exercise and for the social aspect too.  That is why they enjoy pickleball.  They can show up at the local court, grab a partner and play games to eleven points until it’s time to go home.  Win or lose, everyone gets to play as much as they want as long as the courts remain open for play.

Then there is the “other” people. Yes, they have fun playing the game, but they want more.  Their competitive juices just flow a little faster and a little hotter than your average social player.  These are the tournament players.

They love it when they arrive at the courts and there is a swag bag of goodies waiting for them at Check In. They love to hear their names called on the loud speaker system.  They love it when there is a special place set aside just for them.  We call this the free hospitality tent and it is generally loaded with fruit and snacks and drinks to help the players stay hydrated and nourished for the duration of their playing time.  These things all go into any good pickleball tournament.  Take these things away and you essentially have social pickleball, only you got to pay for it this time.

Yes, all of these things make for a good pickleball tournament, but what makes a good tournament great???

 

 

A REFEREE!!!!! 
Yes, tournament players love it when they walk on the court and are greeted by a referee.  It is the single biggest thing that separates social pickleball, where players often forgo calling foot faults, and play a let when they can’t remember how to apply a rule, to tournament pickleball where you always have the correct score and players are always serving and receiving from the correct side and people are not stepping all over the kitchen with no consequence.

A referee makes your pickleball playing experience feel special. And better yet????

 

A certified referee helps transform any good tournament into a great tournament.

We are about to wrap up this year’s USAPA Southwest Regional with over 600 registered players.  And just like every other USAPA regional tournament throughout the United States, it has a referee on the court for every single match.  And better yet, it has a fully certified referee officiating every single bronze and gold medal match.

What a wonderful sight to see the team of certified referees stepping up to make this regional a truly special experience for the players.

Yep, they’ve got the free hospitality tent and yep they’ve got some cool stuff in the player’s goody stash.  But this tournament, like all USAPA sanctioned tournaments has the one thing that makes a tournament great. REFEREES. Lots of them, and many of them USAPA Certified.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO STEPS UP TO REFEREE!!!!!  Our sport is a much better place with you on the court.

And a special Pickleball Rocks shout out to the great and growing team of Certified Referees.  You truly do make our sport great.

You truly rock!