Bloomington Westwood Courts Uppdate

Good news, we finally have a project under construction at Westwood Park in Bloomington. It has been a long hard road getting to this point.

The work started way back when Jim Klaseus was first getting pickleball started by lining courts with chalk while working on the city to paint lines.

That progressed to the city finally seeing a glimmer of light about the popularity of pickleball. They took it upon themselves to design and build a three pickleball/one tennis lined for pickleball complex that opened Aug 2011.

Being the first dedicated pickleball courts, it served as the site for our second club tournament the next month.  Very quickly it became apparent the courts we woefully under built for demand, with the east/west orientation of the pickleball courts adding to the problem.

So the quest for a larger complex was soon started. With Jerry Maas and Jim Klaseus we spent time with tape measures figuring out what we could do with all that space. We produced a rudimentary drawing, and from that rudimentary drawing Rae Hansen put her background to work producing a site plan we presented to the city. They responded favorably, and we were on to the next phase of how to convince the city they needed it.

That built up to the point where our dedicated team of Jim Klaseus, Deanne Turja, Jeff Conradi, Deb Waldin, Ken Miaymoto, Denny Daniels, Bev and Dale Throndson composed a petition and obtained 400 signatures in support. This was presented to Park & Rec who included it in a report about the state of Tennis and Pickleball to the City Council. That report led to the City Council approving a site plan in 2017 and finally funding the current project in 2018.

Now after ONLY 7 years ground is broken for an eight dedicated pickleball court/tennis court lined for four temporary courts complex. Hurray!

Club Members Now Get 15% Discount at Gamma Sports!

One of your benefits as a SW Metro Club Member is great discounts on pickleball paddles and equipment.

Check out Gamma Sports for your next pickleball paddle or accessories.  The website is www.gammasports.com.  They have a variety of paddles, grips, bags, balls and other pickleball accessories.

Through a club member, Bridget McMullin, we have the opportunity to receive a 15% discount (all year permanent code and not combinable with other promotions)  on any Gamma products and SWMPB will also receive a 10% commission back to our Club.

Go to the Club website under MEMBERS ONLY to get the discount code.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! Change of Venue for the USAPA Middle States Regional Pickleball Tournament!

Our highest priority is that you as players (as well as your friends and family), volunteers, and club members have a great experience for this tournament.  Given this prime objective, SW Metro Pickleball Club is pleased to announce that we have secured an outstanding, updated, new venue for this Middles States Regional, August 8th through the 12th.

This opportunity came about only recently, and we hope you will agree that the change will only enhance your participation and play in the Middle States Regional and your experience, all while enjoying what is becoming a Midwest destination for pickleball.

This change will ensure a far greater competitive draw, additional amenities that we could not offer in the past (nor were these amenities available at the previous venue), and the assurance that the tournament will run without most any uncertainty of inclement weather.

NOTICE:        The 2018 Middle States Regional Tournament will be played at
Lakeville Life Time Fitness (18425 Dodd Blvd, Lakeville MN 55044)

Not only is the court surface outdoor (tennis court surface in an indoor setting) assuring a true bounce (we still will use the Dura Fast 40 ball), the facilities and amenities of this club for players and family alike are truly outstanding – Please Click Here for details.

As you are aware this tournament is a USAPA SANCTIONED event, making players eligible to register for the Nationals in 2019 at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California. A Gold medal the Middle States Regional earns a pre-registration opportunity for that same type at Nationals – so a gold in Mixed Doubles 60-64, 3.5 – earns a pre-registration opportunity in skill/age Mixed Doubles. For more information about the USAPA National Championships – Please Click Here.

Registration is currently open: Click Here To Register as a PLAYER

We need and welcome Volunteers: Click Here to Sign-Up as a VOLUNTEER

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Middle States Regional.

Who Brought Home the Pickles???

2018 Picklebowl Challenge & Picnic

(Click on the Picture Above for More)

Our own local SW Club team rose to the challenge and defended the St. Cloud Challenge Pickleball Bowl!! The score was a very close 7 to 5 and our brilliant team included Jackie Faegre, Adriana Astbury, Bob Korn, Dennis Gallaher, Tom St. Aubin, Bridget McMullin, Laurie Hynes, Tracy McKibben, Jim Rennich, Beth Burgan, Jeanette June and Bob Campbell. Great job team!

It was another epic duel between two friendly adversaries – the SW Metro Pickleball Club and St. Cloud’s Northern Paddles Pickleball Club! A huge thanks to Northern Paddles for making the trek down to the city on a rather gloomy, rainy day. Players scrambled to find an indoor facility and thankfully Champions Hall was available, where the players battled it out.

The celebration continued at the SW Metro Club picnic by beautiful Lake Riley. The gloom dissipated so chefs Doug and Tom cooked up the burgers and hot dogs and the prestigious Pickle Bowl was awarded to Dennis Gallaher on behalf of the Club. There’s no such thing as too much Pickleball, so fun play continued up at the courts.

The Northern Paddles Pickleball Club will be hosting us in September to try to win back the Pickle Bowl so let a Board Member know if you’d like to play.

Paddles up for the Picnic committee – Dianna St. Aubin, Barb Sharpe and CJ Williams – many thanks!!

NOW OPEN! FOUR NEW PERMANENT COURTS AT PIONEER PARK.

Four freshly surfaced and painted new permanent pickleball courts are now ready to play at Pioneer Park behind the Eden Prairie Senior Center, just off Eden Prairie Road and Pioneer Trail, 8940 Sutton Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 .

The courts have been resurfaced to make them harder so the bounce is better. Give them a try and let everyone know.

Four of 39 new courts now open, 35 to go! Have fun!

Pickleball in Bangkok, Thailand!

From club member: DeAnne Elo

Volunteering at a Bangkok English School this past March gave us an opportunity to play pickleball in the heat and humidity of Bangkok! It was over 90 degrees when we played! The minister from Minnesota who started the Santisuk Church and English school was introduced to pickleball when visiting Minnesota a number of years ago and decided to convert their small parking lot to 3 pickleball courts on weekends. Space is a little tight but they make it work! They even had a pickleball tournament this past April and had many teams from India compete.

Click HERE for more information about their school and Pickleball program.

“We are the only place in Thailand developing excellent Thai pickleball players, with many at the 4.0 level or higher”.

GREAT PROGRESS ON 39 NEW DEDICATED COURTS

One of our primary Club goals is to expand capacity and quality of playing venues. So it’s a great year with 39 new dedicated courts showing great progress in Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and Golden Valley. Pioneer Park will also get a new overlay and four permanent courts.


Eden Prairie Staring Lake Park: the eight new courts are now paved and fences, net posts and drinking fountain installed, way ahead of schedule! Maybe playable in July?


Bloomington Westwood Park: eight courts are now approved with groundbreaking expected in late June and completion in late Summer. A new tennis court will be lined for four additional temporary courts.


Minnetonka Lone Lake Park: eight dedicated courts are now mostly graded with more earthwork in progress, hoping to be playable later in the Summer.


Hopkins Central Park: five new dedicated courts being graded now and expected to be completed this Summer just off Excelsior Blvd on 16th Avenue South.


Golden Valley Wildwood Park: the asphalt is down for six dedicated courts located at Duluth St and Pennsylvania Ave. With some luck, we should be playing by July 1st.

2018 Schooner Days Tournament Results & Photos

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. That’s how the song goes, right?

In the case of our Schooner Days event, it was the players going away and coming back another day. That’s right, Mother Nature won the day, with relentless rain showers forcing the final few games to be played indoors, and all Mixed Doubles events to take place the following day. Just to keep things interesting, day two was plagued by strong gusty winds that made for some interesting play!

Click the image below to see more photos from the event:

2018 Schooner Days Tournament

Medal winners from all brackets:

Mens Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mens Doubles 3.5,3.0 Mike Gerhardt-Boon Tan Keith Erickson-James Anker Thomas St. Aubin-Rick Fabing
Mens Doubles 4.0 Pool A The Menace Gallaher-Scott Schreier Steve Cook-Joe Jensen James Baer-David Duhaime
Mens Doubles 4.0 Pool B Tory Stellick-Champ Ali Joel Rochlin-Bob Pacieznik Eric Wong-William Sullivan
Mens Doubles 5.0,4.5 Jerry Peterson-Brian Astbury J.t. Giebel-George Tomlinson Arun Balakrishna-Andre Espindola
Mixed Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool A Sam Hawks-Sam Thompson Ann Leiter-Tracy McKibben Kay Weiss-Jerry Vollmer
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool B Karen Francis-Blayne Saari Christine Dean-Bob Shutes Karen Steinhoff-Steve Schmitz
Mixed Doubles 3.5,3.0 – Pool C Bridget McMullin-Rick Fabing Joey Wagner-Grant Wagner Bev Greenagel-Gary Cunningham
Mixed Doubles 4.0 Pool A Beth Amlie-The Menace Gallaher Nancy Engasser-Mark Engasser Liz Dubisar-Keith Randklev
Mixed Doubles 4.0 Pool B Sarah Saari-Dan Gregg Taylor Uhl-David Uhl Kren McManus-Kevin Butcher
Womens Doubles
Bracket Gold Silver Bronze
Womens Doubles 3.0 Lori Wolf-Deb Angell Debra Lind-Connie Hauswirth Barb Schreier-Kathleen Kelly
Womens Doubles 3.5 Pool A Taylor Uhl-JoEllen Uhl Liz Dubisar-Kristy Reardan Cindy Orbeck-Sue Standafer
Womens Doubles 3.5 Pool B Bridget McMullin-Dianna St Aubin Tina Rosenquist-Sandy Cashman Abby Wilkinson-Marcia Wilkinson
Womens Doubles 5.0,4.5,4.0 Joey Wagner-Linda Kloeckner Valerie MacLeod-Beth Amlie Sarah Saari-Kren McManus

Full results available at PickleballTournaments.com

 

EXCITING NEWS: Partnership With Michael Lynne Tennis

SouthWest Metro Pickleball Club is pleased to announce a partnership with Michael Lynne’s Tennis Shop a local premiere Tennis and now Pickleball shop.

While relatively new to Pickleball, Michael and Mimzy Lynne have been in the tennis business for over twenty years. In that time, they’ve learned what customers really want: expert advice, a great selection, and most of all, unmatched customer service. And that is exactly what they are now bringing to Pickleball.

When you visit the store, you won’t find soccer balls, blenders or bicycles. What you’ll find is the region’s biggest selection of Pickleball equipment and apparel in a location staffed by friendly, helpful employees who know and love the game just as much as you do.

Stop by their store at: Miracle Mile Shopping Center 5011 Excelsior Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Or visit their website and then head to the store!

Stop by and mention you are from the SW Metro Pickleball Club and welcome Mike and Mimzy to our Pickleball Community!

Ask about their DEMO program. It’s a great way to try before you buy!

JOIN US FOR A PICKLEBALL PICNIC!!

Food, fun, friends, family and pickleball! 

Bring your family and join us at Riley Lake Park and courts on JUNE 16 for the SW Metro PICNIC by the lake! 

Date:  June 16
Time:  10am – 2pm
Where:  Riley Lake Park, 9180 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie

During the picnic our club will be hosting this year’s SWMetro vs. Northern Paddles (St. Cloud) Pickleball Challenge. Come support your team!

SW Metro Pickleball Club  provides food and soft drinks, so bring a chair(s) and your paddle (for play after the Challenge). There will be yard games for all to enjoy! Let the fun begin!!