U.S. Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida

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The U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are taking place this week in Naples, Florida. Pickleball is one of Pickleball Naplesthe fastest growing sports in the country with over 2.5 million players playing this “sweet sport with a sour name”.

Here are 5 things to know about Pickleball:

1)      Paddles – the game is played with solid paddles made of wood or composite material.

2)      Ball – the ball is very similar to a whiffle ball.

3)      Courts – the court resembles the size of a badminton court 20x44 ft and striped like a tennis court. The net is approximately 3 ft high.

4)      Serve – the serving team must use an underhand stroke and connect with the ball below the waist (no power slams on the serve in this sport). The serve is sent diagonally to the opponent’s service zone.

5)      Zones – no double alley in pickleball, no-volley zone called “the kitchen” (I don’t know why) and ball can be hit in the kitchen area only after it bounces.

This new sport is great for all ages and abilities. Here in Naples, the senior citizen population has taken to it and the courts are full during our winter season. Try it! It is a fun and social way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors!

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Terry Stutts
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Sounds like fun.

Apr 28, 2016 01:13 AM #1
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Lisa Von Domek
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This does sound like fun Susan Laxson I have never heard of Pickleball before!

Apr 28, 2016 11:23 AM #2
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Susan, I love Pickleball... and I competed at the US Open!!  Was a ton of fun... great local interest post.  And I hope you try playing yourself!  This event was on CBS Sports Network... and the competitors were from 11-89 years of age.  Its the fastest growing sport in the USA.

Sep 07, 2016 08:52 AM #3
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Susan Laxson CRS
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League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE - Thanks for the comment and hope to compete in the US Open in the future. Naples, Florida is really embracing it as a popular sport for all ages.

Sep 07, 2016 10:43 AM #4
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Fantastic!!

Sep 07, 2016 01:42 PM #5
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Lots of great players and really all skill levels in Florida!!

Sep 07, 2016 01:45 PM #6
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Susan, I thought you might enjoy my recent post. There's a photo of me playing Pickleball in it! ;-)

http://leaguecityblog.com/post/4952197/talent-vs-hard-work

Sep 21, 2016 02:30 AM #7
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League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE - Brian, that is a great picture of the Pickleball action! Seriously, I am looking forward to playing when the weather cools off here. Are you coming to Naples for the U.S. Open next year?

Sep 21, 2016 10:59 AM #8
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I'm trying to decide if I will... we should definitely meet up if I do!  Would be fun...  Next tournament is Nationals in Arizona this november.

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