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Pickleball Report

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here in Lake Wildwood, and pickleball is the most active it’s ever been, particularly since we finally have our four courts together. They’re not perfect, but we manage because we love the game so much!

We now have four drop-in days, and we are averaging at the very least 34 players at prime time. The three-day reservation system is working out well, and prime times are always full.

New players abound! Welcome to Tricia Burbank, Laurie Foster, Janice and Alan Gates, Ken and Diane Kruger, Lynn and Gary Lind, Ray MacIntyre, Tim and Diane Marino, Sue and Chris Smallman, Sandi Walti, Melissa McCarthy, Geri and Mylo Schmidt, Randy and Lynn Merrell, Kay Merritt, Fred and Annette Huberty, and Bob and Carol Simpkins. I know all you players will give them a big welcome and help them with their game.

Your PB board members have worked out what they think is a good way of scheduling time for both drop-in play for all levels, and for court reservations. As a reminder, please always refer to our website for all the latest updates, schedules and news. Again, we ask for your suggestions and patience as we work out the kinks. After 6 years, it is beyond exciting to have these courts pretty much for our exclusive use.

As we approach the end of the year, some of our board members are coming to the end of their terms, and we ask you all to think about a position on the board or the Tennis/Pickleball Committee.

Pickleball across America — from California to the New York Island to the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters, this land is…full of Pickleball players (1.3 million at the latest count)! Two gals, Gail Brown and Diane Reynolds, from the Villages in Florida — ages 69 and 77, and both former physical ed teachers — have made it their goal to play pickleball in all 50 states.

Gail and Diane left Florida the first part of June and traveled towards Wisconsin, then headed up and over to four Canadian provinces, then down to Washington State They participated in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis, Minneapolis in July, and their stop in Gackle, North Dakota, on July 1 made it their 41st State! Stay tuned.

Pickleball is exploding like crazy in the RV world as well. According to Greg Sidoroff, vice president of operations for SunLand RV resorts, “Pickleball has become a mandatory, expected amenity for RV resorts to be considered a five-star property that caters to active adults.”

So, for you folks traveling the country, check out the RV resorts, as well as other PB facilities. You can find PB courts by going to the USAPA.org website and look for “Places to Play,” all listed alphabetically, according to state and city.

SAVE THE DATE: Holiday Party — Dec. 16, Community Center — the usual short meeting followed by a potluck dinner, fun and entertainment.

Happy travels, happy pickling, happy fall. See you on the courts.

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