Staring Lake – THE COURTS ARE OPEN!

After years of dedicated effort by many club members, our vision for new dedicated pickleball courts in Eden Prairie has become a reality.

The nets and windscreens were installed on Thursday morning and we are ready to play! Jill and Dennis broke in one court with a couple games of skinny singles. They play great!

The bricks are gorgeous with a center brick dedicating the new courts to our beloved Jerry Maas who did so much to help us get these courts built. Thanks Jerry, we love you man! And Jerry’s wonderful wife, Carol was there just after completion of the courts for a timely photo op.

Once all the amenities are complete, we’ll have a grand, Grand Opening! See you on the new courts!

SW Metro Pickleball Club Executive Board Positions

Dear Club Members:

All current Club members are invited to be considered for a position on our Executive Board. Our Club has several Executive Board members retiring this year as Board members are limited to two, consecutive, two-year terms. Of the seven positions on our Board, there will be five new available positions. Nancy Devitt and Dianna St. Aubin will return. Board elections will be held at our Club Annual Meeting in late September. Our current Board will recommend a slate of candidates, however all Club members may be considered and run for the vacant positions.

This is your chance to be considered for our Board, or you can nominate another Club member who has agreed to serve. A key position will be Treasurer so we need a good, qualified candidate for this position if you have financial experience and/or skills. Also, a new Board president and vice-president(s) will be chosen by the new Board members after the elections. Good job descriptions for these positions can be found in our Bylaws on our web site under Members Only, Article III, Section D.

We have been very successful as a Club, but we do need to move forward with a strong, qualified Executive Board. Please email Dennis Gallaher, [email protected] if you would like to be considered for the Board, or nominate another member. Potential Board members will meet with the Board on August 22 for more details on the positions and for a brief interview.

Best wishes,
SW Metro Pickleball Club

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

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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.