An Open Letter To Every Pickleball Loving, Pickleball Club in America

You’ve seen it first hand and now you are experiencing it. The growth of pickleball is incredible and the fun is infectious.

So congratulations. Yes, congratulations.

Whether you only have 2 or 3 players and simply have fun calling yourselves a club or you have hundreds of players and are officially organized as a corporate entity, the fact that you have a club indicates that pickleball is hot and growing in your community. Yes, congratulations are in order.

You and your fellow players are the heart that is pumping up the growth of pickleball like never before and we love what you are doing.

Anyone who knows our family, likely knows our mission statement by heart: “We will always strive to Help Pickleball Grow”.

We love what you are doing, and as we have done for the past decade, we would love to help. And we have more help available for you than ever before.

Did you know that our Pickleball Rocks team travels to over 35 tournaments a year bringing with them the world famous Pickleball Rocks brand of clothing and accessories and some of the top, fun players in the sport.

Did you know that our Pickleball Champions Club supplies free attention grabbing signs for your courts which brings more players your way?

Did you know that Pickleball Club Wear is the top pickleball apparel company in the world for supplying colorful, customized club shirts, hats, jackets and sweatshirts for your club, team or organization.

And did you know that Pickleball Rocks now has the most fun and easy fundraiser for your club or tournament or organization. If you want to raise money for your club or tournament or organization, the “Pickleball Rocks In A Box” program is just what the pickleball doctor ordered. Simple, easy and profitable for you. Check it out now at http://pickleballrocks.com/pickleball-rocks-in-a-box-fun-and-easy-fundraising/

You’ll be really glad you did and we’ll be very happy to help you.
It’s because of you that “Pickleball Rocks”.

-Rocket, Stephanie, Abby, Josh and Zack
The Pickleball Rocks Team

 

 

Pickleball Rocks at the First Ever Bainbridge Cup and Spanish Open Pickleball Tournaments

Hey Pickleball Nation,
WELCOME TO SPAIN!!! WOW! (pictured at the Royal Palace in Madrid)
Just wanted to give you a quick recap of the first ever Brainbridge Cup pickleball event and this year’s Spanish Open.
I must say, it was amazing.

After a couple of fun days of pickleball clinics with Daniel and some fabulous traditional Spanish dinners, we excitedly arrived for the main event, the first ever Bainbridge Cup.  What great fun to be part of this historic pickleball event. Over 100 players from the United States and Canada came to play matches against approximately 150 players from all over Europe.  Each match was worth one point and after over 300 matches, Team North America prevailed 201-119 to take home the cup.  But the true winner was the sport of pickleball as players from all over the world competed and then broke bread together after the tournament ended.  It was truly wonderful to see.

After a Friday of fun meeting and playing against international players in the Bainbridge Cup, the Spanish Open tournament ran on Saturday and Sunday at the famous Ciudad de la Raqueta.  This is a great venue for pickleball as well as tennis and the popular European sport of Padel.

I finally got to realize one of my pickleball dreams as I teamed with my original pickleball mentor, Lynn Carlson for the first time and we managed to take home a Spanish Open gold medal.

It was so much fun to see the people of Europe step up to our Pickleball Rocks table, such as our new British friend Carolyn (pictured), and leave proudly wearing our shirts and hats. Though many times we could not understand a word they were saying, “Pickleball Rocks” now seems to be a universally understood phrase and pickleball is going to be a truly universal sport that will bring peace and cooperation everywhere it is played.

After packing up the tournament stuff Sunday, Daniel took us on a fantastic Monday tour of Spain’s first capital city, Toledo.  Toldeo was and is a very holy city, and thus the phrase, “Holy Toledo”. 🙂

Next day Dan put us on a bullet train (reaching speeds of almost 200 miles per hour) to Barcelona where we saw some of the most beautiful buildings in the world but also a sobering reminder from the recent terrorist attack there.

And then, of course, Daniel wrapped up the tour the same way we started with some great pickleball at the University of Barcelona and then a great dinner.

Loved every minute of our PickleballTrips.com tour.  Thanks Dan for a great time and a memorable experience.

You ROCK Daniel!

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Pickleball Rocks Training Academy Spends Summer On The Road

It’s summertime in Indiana and all of Pickleball Nation loves to move outdoors for pickleball play. We love it outside too, so it is a good time to get out of our indoor academy home at SportONE Fieldhouse and onto the road.  Of course the tournament circuit never ends for us, but it is fun to take the academy to visit towns and communities throughout the state. The reception has been simply amazing.  Thank you to everyone who have invited us to your courts to teach and play.  Pickleball Rocks because of you!

Pickleball Rocks Helping Raise Money for Parkinson Foundation

Stephanie and Abby and LeEllen and Josh
NEED YOUR HELP

Hey Pickleball Nation,

It never ceases to amaze us, the generosity of the pickleball community.

Hopefully you have not been to battle with Parkinson’s.  Hopefully you don’t know anyone who has had to battle this insidious disease.  Unfortunately, you probably have.

The good news is that progress is being made and thanks to the upcoming Gamma Pickleball Classic in Pittsburgh, money is being raised to help speed up the research and eventually cure this horrible disease.

And with your help the Pickleball Rocks Team is going to help with this great cause.

We’ll have four team members at the Gamma Pickleball Classic and you can help any or all of them as we raise funds to battle Parkinson’s disease.

We’ll be using the new USAPA Every Point Counts program to take pledges and raise money.

Josh Grubbs and Stephanie Lane will be teaming up in mixed doubles and would love to have you make a pledge for every point they score during their event.
To pledge and sponsor Josh and Abby, CLICK HERE.

Next we have Abby Grubbs teaming up with our youngest team member LeEllen Lane in ladies doubles.  To support Abby and LeEllen with a pledge, CLICK HERE.

 

YES, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!

So the bottom line is, we’re asking you to make a pledge where we will multiply it times every point your chosen team scores.
Or you can make a flat fee pledge too by CLICKING HERE.
And trust me, our Pickleball Rocks team members will all be doing their very best.

TO MAKE A SPONSORSHIP PLEDGE FOR TEAM Josh and Stephanie or TEAM Abby and LeEllen, CLICK ON THE SPONSORSHIP SHEET BELOW.  It will take you to a page where you can make your pledge.  You do not pay anything until after the tournament, when we will contact you with our team’s results.

Cannot thank you enough for helping us help fight Parkinson’s.
God Bless You.   -The Pickleball Rocks Team

CBS Sports Network to Broadcast 2017 USAPA National Pickleball Championships

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USAPA National Pickleball Championships with CBS Sports Network

Put August 1st on your calendar.  That is the day registration opens for the mother of all pickleball tournaments. And yes, you read the title right.  CBS Sports Network will be broadcasting the Gold Medal Open Matches from the 2017 USAPA National Pickleball Championships in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Stay tuned for more news on this yearly pickleball tradition.

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Pickleball Rocks Helps St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

One of the most fun pickleball events of the year is coming this next week.  The St. Jude National Indoor Classic tournament is coming to LakePoint Champions Center in Cartersville, Georgia from May 22nd through May 24th.

And this tournament is special.  The USAPA has put together this great event with one and only one thought in mind.  LET’S RAISE MONEY FOR ST. JUDE.
They’ve even gone so far as to give every penny of the entry fees to St. Jude. And you got to decide how much to pay for your entry fee when you registered to play.  Just awesome.  Can’t wait to play this one.

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!

Fortunately I’ve landed a great partner to play with in this one.  The one and only Jack Thomas will be there to carry our team and we’ve come up with an idea to help us raise some additional funds for St. Jude.

Jack named it EVERY POINT COUNTS, and  I am humbly asking you to sponsor me or my partner Jack with a donation for every point we score during our Men’s Doubles 50+ 5.0 Event.  Currently there are 5 teams entered in our division so I don’t know if we’ll play a round robin or 2 and out.

Also, Pickleball Rocks Team member Stephanie Lane will be playing this weekend in the first ever tournament in Atlanta.  If you don’t like Jack or me, PLEASE support Stephanie with a pledge for every point she scores in her Open Pro Mixed event.  Be careful as you choose your per point amount since she is REALLY good. 🙂

So the bottom line is, we’re asking you to make a pledge where we will multiply it times every point we score.
And trust me, we will all be doing our very best.

TO MAKE A SPONSORSHIP PLEDGE FOR JACK OR STEPHANIE OR ROCKET, CLICK ON THE SPONSORSHIP SHEET.  It will take you to a page where you can make your pledge.  You do not pay anything until after the tournament, when we will contact you with our results.

Cannot thank you enough for helping us help St. Jude’s.  God Bless You.   -Rocket