Beat the Heat 2018 Results

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Thanks to all who participated, volunteered or just watched during the tournament!

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Scott Moore Clinic in Colorado Springs

Pickleball Clinic with 22-time

National Champions Scott and Daniel Moore

WHAT: Step up your game with intensive, semi-private training in strategy, technique, skill development, positioning, effective practice, and mental toughness with IPTPA certified instructors, Scott, Daniel, and Jon Moore. Together with a small group of other players, you will improve your mental game, shot making, shot selection, and learn new strategies, drills, and a truly systematic approach to pickelball in order to become a more effective, better player! Guaranteed to be the best pickleball training you have ever received or your money back.

WHERE: Colorado Springs, CO

WHEN: August 28th-30h (3 day) and September 4th-5thth (2 day)

HOW: Spots are limited, so reserve your spot by contacting us at 719-331-9086 or pickleballtrips@gmail.com or paying on line at pickleballtrips.com

COST: $280 for the 2 day camp and $395 for the 3 day camp.

http://www.pickleballtrips.com

Scott Moore Clinic in Angel Fire June 9, 2018

Pickleball Clinics with 16-time National Champion Scott Moore

What:  Step up your game with intensive, semi-private training in strategy, technique, skill development, positioning, effective practice, and mental toughness with IPTPA certified instructors, Scott and Jon Moore.  Together with a small group of other players, you will improve your mental game, shot making, shot selection, and learn new strategies, drills and truly systematic approach to pickleball in order to become a more effective, better player!

Where:  Community Center in Angel Fire, NM

When:  Saturday June 9th 10:00-12:– for 3.0-3.5 levels, 1:00-5:00 for 3.5+

How:  Spots are limited, so reserve your spot with Bubba Davis at bubcodavis@gmail.com

Cost:  $65 for the 2 hour clinic, or $115 for the 4 hour mini camp.

www.pickleballtrips.com

 

USAPA – New Ratings System

April 18, 2018
USAPA Members:The USAPA is excited to announce the new official tournament rating system powered by PickleballTournaments.com. The new joint venture will greatly enhance the tournament structure for all pickleball events enabling tournament directors to create fair and balanced player brackets while participants will now know their standings from the newly-created rating system. As part of the agreement, PickleballTournaments.com will be the exclusive official provider of tournament ratings and tournament management software for USAPA-sanctioned tournaments. PickleballTournaments.com will develop a new user interface and integration of a single master tournament calendar for PickleballTournaments.com and USAPA.

“We are extremely excited to bring a fully-automated, results-based ratings and ranking system to our sport,” said USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof. “We believe this system will be a huge benefit to tournament directors and serve as yet another value-add feature to our members.”

The new USAPA Pickleball Tournament Rating System will be similar to those currently being used in tennis, badminton, squash, table tennis, and other sports. Ratings will be extremely accurate, objective and universal. They will be calculated by computer using strategically-created algorithms and will be based on tournament results from the past two years and adopting weighting factors such as tournament format (sanctioned vs. non-sanctioned), recency of play and strength of the player’s opponent. PickleballTournaments.com worked closely with data specialists from Pickleball Ratings to develop the new ratings system.

“The agreement with the USAPA to provide tournament ratings fulfills a desire we’ve had at PickleballTournaments.com to utilize the large collection of tournament results we’ve collected over the years to improve tournament play experience for players and Tournament Directors,” said PickleballTournaments.com President Melissa McCurley. “These tournament ratings will only grow in the benefits provided to USAPA members as well as USAPA-sanctioned tournaments.”

Unlike the 2-digit skill rating (ex. 3.5) that has been used for many years by players, clubs and tournaments, the USAPA Tournament Ratings will be a 4-digit rating (ex. 3.786) and will prove to be more precise. Based on accumulated statistical data, the 4-digit rating will map to a player’s updated or new 2-digit skill level. Examples, a player rating of 3.994 maps to a 3.5 skill level and a 4.014 rating maps to a 4.0 skill level. The USAPA Tournament Ratings will be calculated for five competitive divisions — Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. USAPA member players will be able to check their ratings on their USAPA.org member profile and by July of this year, players will also be able to view their ratings on their PickleballTournaments.com member profile. Additional features will include the ability to access other USAPA member player’s rating, and a list of the “Top 100” rated players in the five divisions.

Improvements to the USAPA Tournament Ratings system will be overseen by an advisory board established by the USAPA. They will include representatives of PickleballTournaments.com, major event tournament directors, 5.0 tournament players, statisticians, and computer scientists.

While we wait for the completion and launch of the new rating system, USAPA will no longer be accepting rating recommendations from tournament directors or raters. Players wishing to appeal his/her rating for an event prior to the release may continue to do so by emailing ratingschair@usapa.org. Players without a rating may self-rate following the guidelines on the USAPA website.

Once the new ratings are in place, players will register for tournaments using the new USAPA Tournament Rating. All registrations prior to the release of the new system will not be affected.  An FAQ document is currently being drafted and will be available soon. USAPA and Pickleballtournaments.com will not be fielding individual questions until the FAQ document is released.

The Results from 2017 Beat the Heat are in!

Thanks to all who came to play!  And many thanks to our club members and the players from many places who came and volunteered.  We never sent a match out without a ref.  We had great food and snacks.  The water jugs were always full.  The courts were always busy.  And there were lots of smiles and good competition! Here are some stats on the tournament, followed by the medal results.  Pictures will follow.

Total Players 126
In-state Players 71
Out-of-state 58
USAPA Rated players 26
Event Players Teams Brackets
       
Womens Doubles Skill Groups  48  24  4
Mens Singles Skill Groups  15    3
Womens Singles Skill Groups  7    2
Mixed Doubles Skill Groups  100  48  4
Mens Doubles Skill Groups  56  28  3
Total Players 126   16
Top Ten Clubs

Angel Fire Pickleball 23
Albuquerque Pickleballers 12
Robson Ranch Denton TX 8
Ruidoso Pickleball Club 7
ABQ Pickleball Club 5
Ruidoso Pickleball 4
Peak to Peak Pickleball Club 3
Palm Creek 3
YMCA Cypress Creek 2
Lakeside Pickleball, Az 2
Player Doubles Ratings

2.5 7
3.0 24
3.5 63
4.0 24
4.5 4

Daily Results for Fri 09/15/17

Mens Singles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 2.5

Gold      Gary Martin, Granbury, TX

Mens Singles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 3.0

Gold      Gene Mason, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Silver     John Apgar, Del Webb Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ

Bronze  Jarrod Haddon, Lubbock Plays Pickleball, Lubbock, TX

Mens Singles Skill Groups 3.5

Gold      Steve Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Silver     Robert Myers, Granbury Tx, Granbury, TX

Bronze   Joe Whillock, Clinton, AR

Mens Singles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      Patrick Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Richard Hooker, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Bronze   Robin Crawford, Lubbock, TX

Womens Singles Skill Groups 3.5,3.0 3.0

Gold      Stacie Barron, ABQ Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Silver     Cheryl Cox, Show Low, AZ

Womens Singles Skill Groups 3.5,3.0 3.5

Gold      Jamie Elliott, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Silver     Vicky Birkmann, Mc Kinney, TX

Womens Singles Skill Groups 4.5,4.0 4.5

Gold      Susan Henderson, Rowlett Pickleball, Mesquite, TX

Womens Singles Skill Groups 4.5,4.0 4.0

Gold      Dana Otey, White Mountain Tennis Complex, Ruidoso, NM, Alto, NM

Silver     Sharon Allen, Sun City West, Sun City West, AZ

 

Daily Results for Sat 09/16/17

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 3.5,3.0 3.0

Gold      John Apgar, Del Webb Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ

James Zeeb, Vail Pickleball, Eagle Vail, CO

Silver     Mike Woolley, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

David Krischke, Angel Fire Pickleball, angel fire, NM

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 3.5,3.0 3.5

Gold      Lee Quigley, Temecula, CA

Andrew Tibbitts, Team Temecula Pickleball, Temecula, CA

Silver     Edward Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Dennis Cox, show low, AZ

Bronze    John Yip, Albuquerque Pickleballers, Albuquerque, NM

Felix Rodriguez, Abq, NM

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      William Freydberg, Ruidoso Pickelball, Alto, NM

Patrick Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Jeffrey Sozio, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Salida, CO

John Takacs, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Salida, CO

Bronze   Ron Wall, Palm Creek, Alto, NM

Dean Goupil, Alto Lakes Pickleball, Alto, NM

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

Gold      Robert Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton TX, DENTON, TX

Bill Wise, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 3.5,3.0 3.0

Gold      John Apgar, Del Webb Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ

James Zeeb, Vail Pickleball, Eagle Vail, CO

Silver     Mike Woolley, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

David Krischke, Angel Fire Pickleball, angel fire, NM

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 3.5,3.0 3.5

Gold      Lee Quigley, Temecula, CA

Andrew Tibbitts, Team Temecula Pickleball, Temecula, CA

Silver     Edward Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Dennis Cox, show low, AZ

Bronze   John Yip, Albuquerque Pickleballers, Albuquerque, NM

Felix Rodriguez, Abq, NM

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      William Freydberg, Ruidoso Pickelball, Alto, NM

Patrick Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Jeffrey Sozio, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Salida, CO

John Takacs, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Salida, CO

Bronze   Ron Wall, Palm Creek, Alto, NM

Dean Goupil, Alto Lakes Pickleball, Alto, NM

Mens Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

Gold      Robert Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton TX, DENTON, TX

Bill Wise, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 2.5

Gold      Sandra Douglass, Granbury, TX

Jennifer Protzman, Savannah, MO

Silver     Carol Martz, Angel Fire Pickleball, Los Alamos, NM

Betty Newell, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 3.0

Gold      Debra Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Cheryl Cox, Show Low, AZ

Silver     Graceanna Holder, Angel Fire Pickleball, Eagle Nest, NM

Cheyenne Renfroe, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Bronze   Eva Myers, Granbury, TX, Granbury, TX

Melissa Grassmick, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

Gold      Stacie Barron, ABQ Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Dana Otey, White Mountain Tennis Complex, Ruidoso, NM, Alto, NM

Silver     Darlene Friedrichs, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Salida, CO

Barbara Ridings, Pikes Peak Pickleball Club, Colorado Springs, CO

Bronze    Beverly Melvin, Heber Springs ar, Heber Springs, AR

Janet Porterfield, Bonita Bay Pickleball Club, Bonita Springs, FL

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      Eileen Owensby, Alto Pickleball Club, Alto, NM

Lawanna Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Gretchen Denman, Albuquerque Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Lisa Espelien, ABQ Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Bronze   Susan Henderson, Rowlett Pickleball, Mesquite, TX

Vicky Birkmann, Mc Kinney, TX

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 4.5 4.5

Gold      Irene Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton, Tx, Denton, TX

Barbara Wise, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Silver     Leanne Smith, Ruidoso Pickleball Club / Sun City West, Ruidoso, NM

Sally Gillich, Albuquerque Pickleballers, Sandia Park, NM

Bronze    Vicky Noakes, Greater OKC PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Sharon Allen, Sun City West, Sun City West, AZ

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 2.5

Gold      Sandra Douglass, Granbury, TX

Jennifer Protzman, Savannah, MO

Silver     Carol Martz, Angel Fire Pickleball, Los Alamos, NM

Betty Newell, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 3.0

Gold      Debra Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Cheryl Cox, Show Low, AZ

Silver     Graceanna Holder, Angel Fire Pickleball, Eagle Nest, NM

Cheyenne Renfroe, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Bronze    Eva Myers, Granbury, TX, Granbury, TX

Melissa Grassmick, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

Gold      Stacie Barron, ABQ Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Dana Otey, White Mountain Tennis Complex, Ruidoso, NM, Alto, NM

Silver     Darlene Friedrichs, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Salida, CO

Barbara Ridings, Pikes Peak Pickleball Club, Colorado Springs, CO

Bronze    Beverly Melvin, Heber Springs ar, Heber Springs, AR

Janet Porterfield, Bonita Bay Pickleball Club, Bonita Springs, FL

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      Eileen Owensby, Alto Pickleball Club, Alto, NM

Lawanna Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Gretchen Denman, Albuquerque Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Lisa Espelien, ABQ Pickleball Club, Albuquerque, NM

Bronze   Susan Henderson, Rowlett Pickleball, Mesquite, TX

Vicky Birkmann, Mc Kinney, TX

Womens Doubles Skill Groups 4.5 4.5

Gold      Irene Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton, Tx, Denton, TX

Barbara Wise, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Silver     Leanne Smith, Ruidoso Pickleball Club / Sun City West, Ruidoso, NM

Sally Gillich, Albuquerque Pickleballers, Sandia Park, NM

Bronze    Vicky Noakes, Greater OKC PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Sharon Allen, Sun City West, Sun City West, AZ

 

Daily Results for Sun 09/17/17

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 3.0

Gold      Debra Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Edward Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Silver     Cheyenne Renfroe, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Spencer Hill, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Bronze   Eva Myers, Granbury, TX, Granbury, TX

John Apgar, Del Webb Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 2.5

Gold      Jennifer Protzman, Savannah, MO

Eric Protzman, Savannah,

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

Gold      Monica Weimar, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Spencer Weimar, Angel Fire Pickelball Club, Angel Fire, NM

Silver     Susan Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Steve Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Bronze   Cheryl Cox, Show Low, AZ

Dennis Cox, show low, AZ

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      Lawanna Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Patrick Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Susan Henderson, Rowlett Pickleball, Mesquite, TX

Sam Henderson, Panhandle Pickleballers, Amarillo, TX

Bronze   Christine Mershon, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Robert Myers, Granbury Tx, Granbury, TX

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

Gold      Leanne Smith, Ruidoso Pickleball Club / Sun City West, Ruidoso, NM

Ronny Smith, Sun City West / Ruidoso PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Vicky Noakes, Greater OKC PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Ron Wall, Palm Creek, Alto, NM

Bronze   Irene Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton, Tx, Denton, TX

Robert Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton TX, DENTON, TX

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 3.0

Gold      Debra Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Edward Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Silver     Cheyenne Renfroe, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Spencer Hill, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Bronze   Eva Myers, Granbury, TX, Granbury, TX

John Apgar, Del Webb Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 2.5

Gold      Jennifer Protzman, Savannah, MO

Eric Protzman, Savannah,

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

Gold      Monica Weimar, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Spencer Weimar, Angel Fire Pickelball Club, Angel Fire, NM

Silver     Susan Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Steve Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Bronze   Cheryl Cox, Show Low, AZ

Dennis Cox, show low, AZ

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      Lawanna Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Patrick Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Susan Henderson, Rowlett Pickleball, Mesquite, TX

Sam Henderson, Panhandle Pickleballers, Amarillo, TX

Bronze   Christine Mershon, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Robert Myers, Granbury Tx, Granbury, TX

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

Gold      Leanne Smith, Ruidoso Pickleball Club / Sun City West, Ruidoso, NM

Ronny Smith, Sun City West / Ruidoso PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Vicky Noakes, Greater OKC PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Ron Wall, Palm Creek, Alto, NM

Bronze    Irene Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton, Tx, Denton, TX

Robert Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton TX, DENTON, TX

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 3.0

Gold      Debra Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Edward Smith, Lakeside Pickleball, Az, Tucson, AZ

Silver     Cheyenne Renfroe, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Spencer Hill, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Bronze   Eva Myers, Granbury, TX, Granbury, TX

John Apgar, Del Webb Rancho Del Lago, Vail, AZ

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.0,2.5 2.5

Gold      Jennifer Protzman, Savannah, MO

Eric Protzman, Savannah,

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 3.5

Gold      Monica Weimar, Angel Fire Pickleball, Angel Fire, NM

Spencer Weimar, Angel Fire Pickelball Club, Angel Fire, NM

Silver     Susan Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Steve Beggs, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Bronze   Cheryl Cox, Show Low, AZ

Dennis Cox, show low, AZ

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.0

Gold      Lawanna Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Patrick Quist, Ruidoso Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Susan Henderson, Rowlett Pickleball, Mesquite, TX

Sam Henderson, Panhandle Pickleballers, Amarillo, TX

Bronze    Christine Mershon, Robson Ranch Denton TX, Denton, TX

Robert Myers, Granbury Tx, Granbury, TX

Mixed Doubles Skill Groups 4.5

Gold      Leanne Smith, Ruidoso Pickleball Club / Sun City West, Ruidoso, NM

Ronny Smith, Sun City West / Ruidoso PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Silver     Vicky Noakes, Greater OKC PB Club, Ruidoso, NM

Ron Wall, Palm Creek, Alto, NM

Bronze    Irene Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton, Tx, Denton, TX

Robert Romagosa, Robson Ranch Denton TX, DENTON, TX

 

ABQ Senior Games Qualifier Tournament

On March  4 and 5 several club members participated in the ABQ Senior Games tourney. These games are the qualifier for the NM Senior Games in Roswell, which is a qualifier for the 2017 National Senior Games.

Representing the AF Pickleball Club, Brian Nystrom took silver in Men’s singles 50-54. Rick Hooker took bronze in Men’s singles 60-64.  In doubles action, Bubba Davis and Rick Hooker took silver in Men’s 55-59 and Nancy Hooker and Rick Hooker took silver in Mixed 55-59.

Congratulations to all the participants; there were a lot of excellent matches.  And it is always so much fun to see our friends in Albuquerque!  Click here for full results

 

 

 

 

 

Pickleball in Angel Fire

The following appeared in the Wheeler Peak Press on August 27.  Submitted by our Pickleball Club President, Rick Hooker.  Thanks to Wheeler Peak Press!

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What is Pickleball?
Why is the Growth of Pickleball in Angel Fire Important to Angel Fire Property Owners?

Our community grows by showcasing to visitors all that we have to offer that enhances their quality of life. Our churches, beautiful mountains, and great weather can’t be beat. Our super skiing, numerous hiking trails, beautiful golf course, pickleball, tennis, and fishing as well as the nicest people you will find anywhere, are our assets. Angel Fire has the perfect setting for being known as the sports activities center of Northeast New Mexico. The Resort and Chamber of Commerce are trying to get more people to visit Angel Fire, especially in the spring and fall when there are fewer things to do. Pickleball in Angel Fire is important due to the fact that it can attract many visitors to our community. So what, you ask, is pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States. It is a sport that is played by all ages. It is played on a court 1/3 the size of a tennis court with the net just two inches lower than tennis net. The players use a solid paddle and hit a wiffle ball. Singles and doubles can be played on the same court. This is the 50th year of pickleball. The majority of the growth has come in the last ten years. It is now played in all 50 states and in six different countries. In a participation survey by Sports & Fitness Industry Association in 2015, they reported that pickleball currently has 2.46 million players in the US. The USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) website which keeps track of the number of locations to play pickleball reported that the increase in the last twenty nine months ending in May ’15 was 103%. Seventy-six new locations every month were added to play in 2015. You can look up more information about the game and watch videos of pickleball games by going to the USAPA website.

The pickleball players in Angel Fire are trying to get six dedicated pickleball courts built near the tennis courts. Six courts give us enough courts to hold tournaments at different times of the year. These six courts would cover an area just a little larger that two tennis courts. Brett Hall, the tennis pro in Angel Fire, is in favor of the pickleball players having their own courts. Right now the pickleball program has one tennis court with lines painted on it for two pickleball courts. We appreciate that we have these lines on the tennis courts, but we look at these lines as temporary until we can build dedicated pickleball courts. Then the pickleball lines will be removed from the tennis courts.

Our Angel Fire Pickleball Club has grown in the last two years from six players to fifty-four players with other players playing that have not joined our club yet. We put on beginner clinics for new players and visitors that are in town every Monday night in July and August. These have been very successful and we have averaged 11 new players every night this summer. We have full courts when we play and have extra players waiting to play. That gives you a brief description of pickleball. But why is the growth of pickleball important to Angel Fire?

Pickleball tournaments bring in visitors to our community that have never been here before. Angel Fire Pickleball Club is going to host a pickleball tournament in August of 2016 at the Angel Fire Resort tennis courts. We expect there to be 100 players at our first tournament. This tournament will be a three-day event. Players will rent hotel rooms, condos, and homes, eat in our restaurants, buy gas, and have the opportunity to look around at lots for sale, existing homes for sale, and see the new construction of new homes happening here in Angel Fire. This is the type of exposure Angel Fire needs in order to attract more people to live here part-time or full time. Many players travel and only stop in places where they can play pickleball. Some travel in their RV’s and some by car. Some stay a few days and some find a place to stay the whole summer to get out of the heat. Our local shops need these visitors. Our real estate and construction businesses need these visitors. Our local economy needs these visitors. Property owners that are trying to sell their lots and existing homes need these visitors to come and experience Angel Fire. The property owners of Angel Fire need the pickleball program to continue to grow.

As an example of economic impact, in Springfield, Illinois, they hosted a tournament for 221 players. Their economic development office stated that the dollar impact for the city was $108,000. Besides the tournament players coming and our own group of Angel Fire property owners, we also have players who come to play on a weekly basis from Black Lake, Eagle Nest, Red River, and Taos who contribute to the economy of Angel Fire.

To continue to build our pickleball program, we need the support of the Angel Fire Property Owners to support the building of the six dedicated pickleball courts. At some point in the near future, you will be asked as Angel Fire property owners if you support the growth of our program. We sincerely hope you will see the benefits for the community and support us in our growth.

Thank you, Rick Hooker
President of Angel Fire Pickleball Club
USAPA Ambassador for Angel Fire, NM

Club Meeting and Party on July 11

We had a great time at Henry and Roz Garland’s home on July 11 for our pickleball club party.
Officers for next year were elected:
  • Rick Hooker President
  • Jamie Elliott  Vice-President
  • Bud Schwartz  Vice-President
  • Jeanette Stuart  Secretary/Treasurer
Thanks to Bubba Davis for serving the last two years as Vice-President.  He is going to be very busy this coming year as the new President of the AAFPO board.
We now have 53 club members. Pickleball is growing larger all across the nation.
The club voted to have an outside banner made that can be hung up when we go to tournaments and when we have an opportunity to hang one up here in town. Jamie, Sandy, Debra, and Claudette are working on this. Thanks for volunteering to help with this project.
Upcoming Tournaments:
Durango:  July 25 & 26.
Colorado Springs: Sept. 10-13.
Albuquerque: Sept. 18-20.
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