Throughout the year, people use NominateAPlayer.com to tell us all about their favorite players. Many times they tell us about players they know who win lots of tournaments. But also they tell us about people who have had tremendous impacts on their communities or towns. Additionally, as we travel across the country to tournament after tournament, we ask the question, “who is your favorite pickleball player?” Again, we get many answers.
This year, there was a common theme both in the online voting and seemingly everywhere we went. That theme was the name Moore.
In a very short period of time, Scott and Daniel Moore have had an amazing impact on the sport of pickleball.
Yes we heard a lot about how great of players they both are, but many times we also got comments like, “they are such great people off the court”, and “they are always working to help pickleball in so many ways.” Those types of comments go a long ways towards making our final POY decisions, and in this case we got plenty of great comments.
Let’s talk about how they did on the courts this year.
We found that between the two of them, they participated in 15 sanctioned tournaments in 2015. Between the two of them, they entered 41 events and brought home 32 medals, including a whopping 25 gold medals with 6 of their golds coming from NationalsVII. And yes, Dad Scott entered 6 events at Nationals VII and medaled in all six. They’ve simply had an amazing year!
Winning isn’t everything though, and these two were winners outside the tournament circuit too. Scott and Daniel are seen regularly shaking hands and doing clinics for everyone from beginners to the best players players on the planet.
And speaking of the planet, they covered that too. Daniel has been the key player to bring the country of Japan into the pickleball frenzy. We can’t wait to play there some day soon.
So as you can see, this year’s pick was actually a pretty easy one. Yes, we have many new and exciting players coming into the great sport of pickleball and the future is bright. We look for these two guys to be bright beacons for us for a long, long time.
Congratulations to our 2015 Pickleball Rocks Players of the Year: Scott and Daniel Moore