On October 11, 2018, 35 SW Metro Pickleball members and their families gathered at the Feed My Starving Children’s Eagan location as part of our fall service program. For two hours we hand-packed rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which were then sealed, boxed, and placed on pallets that would later be shipped to the neediest children around the world. The food we packed that night would be going to Honduras.

Our Club donated $100 and there were other private donations made at the time of the event. It was a fast paced, fun evening and we hope that more members will join us when we do this again.


Hey everyone who stays in Minnesota most of the winter and are looking for indoor play, the SW Metro Club has contracted with Champions Hall for exclusive time on 5 courts, 6 days a week.

Starting November 2018 and running through  March 2019 – We have secured the following days and hours:

  • Monday through Friday  10:00-2:00
  • Saturday 12:00-4:00

Thursday November 1 FREE DAY – All SW Club Members play free on Nov. 1 and have a chance to buy punch cards for future play

We are planning to have a women’s group/league on Monday mornings 10:00-12:00 for 3.0 and above probably on 2 or 3 courts, depending on numbers. The remaining courts would be open to anyone and after 12:00, all would be open for play.

We are working on scheduling some lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings that will hopefully be available starting in December. More information to come on this.

In the meantime, open play is available, come find your fellow PBler’s and join in the indoor fun!

SW Metro members will be able to play for $4.00 per session, and we will have a “no cash” system as we will have cards purchasable for $20.00, for 5 sessions. Please bring cash or check for punch cards, no credit cards accepted. If you can’t come to the Free Day on November 1st, punch cards will be available from all board members.

For additional information, email [email protected]

Champions Hall is located at 7000 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Volunteer Opportunity to Work with Seniors

Here’s a great opportunity for our Club to serve. The Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness is a nonprofit organization that services seniors over the age of 60. They primarily use volunteers to visit seniors in their homes to help combat social isolation or provide respite for caregivers of a senior with mild to moderate memory loss. In addition to our 1:1 volunteer opportunities, they provide monthly group respite for caregivers who want to attend their Alzheimer Education and Support Groups. The time commitment and schedule can be very flexible. They are experiencing a steady increase in the demand for volunteers. Please help make sure these community members do not feel forgotten.

If interested, please contact Katie Heitzig, Volunteer Coordinator at Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness, [email protected], or 952.977.9374.

A Grand Opening in Hopkins

September 26 marked the Grand Opening of the new Hopkins Dedicated Pickleball Courts. Five beautiful, new dedicated courts are now open at Hopkins Central Park, 101 16th Ave S, Hopkins, MN 55343, just off Excelsior Blvd. They are all in a row and feature high fences between courts for all you wild hitters. Check ‘em out!
Helping cut the ribbon were City Council Member, Kristi Halverson, Barb Horgen, Public Works Director, Steve Stadler and Mayor Molly Cummings.

Five Years of TipBits Tips Now on Our Website!

The content of the TipBit books for years 1 thru 5 are now posted in the Members Only area of the Club website. Members can now get hundreds of valuable tips on how to learn and play better pickleball.

Members can go to our website, access the Members Only area, open the pdf, go to the table of contents, find what article they want, scroll down until they find it and read or copy it.

Check it out!

Great Club Tourney Held September 22-23!

We had a great turnout at the new Westwood, Bloomington courts, and a break in the deluge giving us beautiful weather for our First Annual SW Metro Pickleball Club Tournament. There were 55 teams competing over two days, and a great time was had by all.

We had the future of our club playing in the team of Elijah Conradi (14) and Jake Ballentine (13). Hopefully next year they will bring all their friends. Five teams of Beginners also joined us for the event. They had spirited competition, and a lot of fun while they learned the ropes.

Check out the winners and plan to come next year. It will be even bigger and better!

  • Beginner: Virginia Bergstrom/Martha Ruddy
  • Intermediate A Women’s: Quyen Lam/Pam Reimer
  • Intermediate A Men’s: David Marks/Tom Swanson
  • Intermediate A Mixed: Bella Boudreau/Eli Peterson
  • Intermediate B Mixed: Laura Bruch/Jim Renich
  • Advanced Intermediate A Women’s: Dianna St Aubin/Bridget McMullen
  • Advanced Intermediate A Men’s: Bob Alexander/Dave Witcraft
  • Advanced intermediate A Mixed: Taylor Uhl/Mohamed Ali
  • Advanced intermediate B Mixed: Dianna St Aubin/Chris Pajak
  • Advanced A Men’s: Ian Astbury/Brian Astbury
  • Advanced A Mixed: Jackie Faegre/John Mitchell
  • Advanced B Men’s: Jay Weisser/Ted Simmons