Pickleball Rocks Academy Now Offers Family Pickleball Training plus Adds Jason Neuenschwander and Cam Thompson To The Team

It is with great excitement that we are announcing our latest Pickleball Rocks Training Academy expansion.

Today our Pickleball Rocks Team welcomes Jason Neuenschwander and Cam Thompson to the team as our academy’s latest IPTPA Certified coaches.

The recent addition of Team Building and Events coordinator, Mindy Yoder along with new IPTPA certified pickleball coaches Jason Neuenschwander and Cam Thompson, now gives the Pickleball Rocks Training and Fun Academy the capability to help grow a segment of the pickleball population that has been greatly overlooked, the families.

We are excited to expand our current academy training offerings to include great training for the young people who we know will love pickleball, but more importantly, to teach them pickleball right alongside their parents and grandparents.  We have a very strong desire to do things that will not only grow the sport of pickleball, but to help build the family unit stronger as well. 

Jason and Cam bring a history and a love of helping kids learn pickleball to our team and we are thrilled to have them join us in this new Pickleball Rocks Team offering.   Pickleball is the perfect tool to use to help bring families together and we have a great team of coaches to make it happen.

We are adding camps and clinics for kids as well as camps and clinics for entire families, where children and their moms, dads and grandparents can all learn to play our great sport together.

Our very first pickleball camp for kids, kicks off next week and it filled up in a matter of hours.  This will be the first of many opportunities for children to learn this fun sport.

The new family training division of the academy will focus on providing basic pickleball skills training and strategy development, while at the same time allowing the whole family to learn and have fun playing together. 

The new Pickleball Rocks Academy family division will initially focus on teaching families in the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis areas, but will certainly expand quickly throughout the region.

To see all the current pickleball training offerings, visit www.PickleballRocksTrainingAcademy.com

2018 Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year Announced

During the year, people throughout Pickleball Nation email us or use our NominateAPlayer.com website to tell us about their favorite players. They tell us about players who have dominated in tournament play, but many times they also tell us about players who have had tremendous impacts on their communities or towns or even the game of pickleball overall.  (We really like those.)

Throughout the year we may recognize a player, club or community of the month, or we may give a simple Facebook shout out. They are all deserving.  But once a year, we pull together all the nominations and feedback, to finally determine who is most deserving to be called the Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year.     It’s certainly not an easy task.

Past winners include:
Enrique Ruiz, Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg, Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner, Daniel Moore and Scott Moore, Kyle Yates, Aspen Kern and Simone Jardim.
You’ll notice all our past winners are definitely great players, but you will also immediately recognize they all are very giving of their time and talents to “help pickleball grow”, which of course is the foundation of our Pickleball Rocks mission.

This year we are recognizing two fantastic players as Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year. 

First up is this year’s Triple Crown winner on the world’s biggest pickleball stage, the USAPA National Championships at Indian Wells. With ESPN covering the action and thousands of people watching throughout the week, Lucy navigated through all three super tough Open brackets, singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.  That is a rare feat indeed.
Lucy Kovalova had a great 2017 on the courts, but in 2018 she took it up another notch.
Lucy only played in 5 tournaments in 2018.  But in those 5 tournaments, she entered 12 Open Pro events.

In those 12 Open events, playing against the strongest players in the world,
she came home with 12 medals.        7 Golds, 4 Silvers and 1 Bronze.

Truly a year that most of us only dream about.   People certainly did notice as Lucy was our overwhelming vote winner at NominateAPlayer.com.

Congratulations to 2018 Player of the Year: Lucy Kovalova

Our 2018 Men’s Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year is a gentleman who inspires players everywhere he goes.
In the five years that he has been playing pickleball, he has amassed over 200 medals, winning golds at major tournaments like the Huntsman World Games, the Nationals Senior Games, US Open and the USAPA Nationals.

At age 78, Dick Johnson has been winning and inspiring athletes for years.  But not only is Dick an exceptional pickleball player, he has devoted a big part of his life to making the world a better place. 

He has been recognized at the State Games of America Athlete of the Year and this year the National Senior Games of America recognized Dick with their prestigious Personal Best Award.

The National Senior Games of America recently released an excellent article detailing all the reasons why Dick Johnson is so deserving of our 2018 Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year.  Congratulations Dick!  Keep up the great work(s).