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Months in the making, today our Pickleball Rocks team and Midwest Sports.com launched one of the most exciting partnerships in the history of pickleball. The picture on the right shows Rodney “Rocket” Grubbs with Greg Wolf, president of tennis giant MidwestSports.com as we celebrate the launch of PickleballParadise.com. As many pickleball players already know, MidwestSports.com has long been one of the favorite shopping places for a super selection of court shoes. Perfect for us pickleball players, they handle all the great brands and models.
But now, get excited, because you will have not only one great place to find your pickleball shoes, but virtually anything you need to play the sport of pickleball. Shoe and paddles and apparel and more!
Midwest Sports and Pickleball Rocks have combined our passions to bring this tremendous, new online experience to pickleball.
Greg Wolf explained, “We feel the same energy and passion around the sport of pickleball that we felt from tennis in its heyday. There is a sense of community from players who wake up each morning wanting to spread the word. It’s exciting, it’s contagious.”
From our Pickleball Rocks standpoint, it was an easy decision. Prior to taking up pickleball and founding the Pickleball Rocks clothing company, we were a tennis family who bought all of our racquets and shoes from Midwest Sports. We have known of the Wolf family for many years so we knew Midwest Sports was a great, family-owned company.
That background was very important to us. It is not often that we link our brand with anyone else. But when Greg Wolf called and suggested a partnership with us, we already knew they valued a lot of the same things as our family. We believed it would be a great fit immediately.
We don’t take it lightly that Pickleball Rocks has become the largest pickleball apparel brand in the country. We owe it all to the tremendous people who buy the products, and encourage and support our mission to help the great sport of pickleball grow. We couldn’t do it without you, so we feel it is very important for you to know that Pickleball Paradise won’t just be any sales website. It’s mission is the same as our mission. To grow pickleball to heights we never thought possible, but to do it with every player at every level’s best interest at heart. That has always been our commitment to you.
We hope you’ll love PickleballParadise.com as much as we have loved putting it together for you.
Today we launched, but the website today is just the tip of the iceburg.
New products (THINK LOTS OF SHOES, TOP OF THE LINE PADDLES AND PICKLEBALL ROCKS APPAREL AND MORE), new training videos and new fun will be added regularly.
Many great announcements will be coming out in the weeks and months ahead so stay tuned, because as you have always known…..Pickleball Rocks!
WELCOME TO PARADISE: Pickleball Paradise
Rocket, Josh, Abby, Zack, Stephanie, LeEllen, Mindy, Cam and Jason
The Pickleball Rocks Team
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
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).
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE NSGA ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE.
Pickleball Rocks Team and In A Pickle, Ltd Announce The Launch of Pickleball Rocks Canada
Today the world famous Pickleball Rocks Team teamed up with the owners of In A Pickle Ltd, Sean McCartan and Leslie Srogen to create Pickleball Rocks Canada.
The creation of Pickleball Rocks Canada will give Canadian pickleball players and clubs across Canada, easy access to the world famous Pickleball Rocks branded apparel and club shirts.
Said Pickleball Rocks CEO Rocket Grubbs, “The demand from our many Canadian pickleball friends has kept increasing to the point where it just made good sense to find a way to create and deliver the Pickleball Rocks branded apparel from within Canada.
We’ve spent the last two years looking for the right fit to create and represent our Pickleball Rocks brand there, and we couldn’t be happier to have formed this agreement with Sean and Leslie from In A Pickle Ltd. They are already well known and respected as two people who are helping the sport of pickleball grow in Canada, so they are a perfect choice.”
Additionally, In A Pickle Ltd’s Sean McCartan said, “We recognize that we have a huge opportunity here in Canada. The sport of pickleball is taking off like crazy and we’ll be able to showcase the world’s most recognized pickleball apparel brand all across the country. Players are going to love the new Pickleball Rocks Canada clothes.”
Leslie Srogen added, “There are a lot of Pickleball Rocks fans already in Canada and now they will have new Pickleball Rocks clothing choices as well as easy access to some of Pickleball Rocks best selling USA items. Plus we’re looking forward to being able to provide pickleball clubs all across the country with matching customized club shirts. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Exact terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but key ingredients of the new agreement included that In A Pickle Ltd will own and operate Pickleball Rocks Canada and distribute Pickleball Rocks apparel through various Canadian sales channels including tournaments, clinics and websites, while Pickleball Rocks USA will provide business and marketing support as well as existing intellectual property assets.
ABOUT In A Pickle Ltd and Pickleball Rocks
In A Pickle Ltd is a privately owned company specializing in providing pickleball training, clothing and equipment all across Canada. Learn more at their Pickleball Rocks Canada Facebook page.
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