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Tuesday Ladder At Champions Hall

Starting December 4th, we will be hosting a weekly Tuesday ladder at Champions Hall.

It won’t carry over from one week to the next, but we’ll play a couple of rounds, figure out who won and then have a social hour at Roady’s Café located at Champions Hall! Perhaps we can even give the winner a complementary beer, wine or soft drink.

It will run from 12-2pm, you must be signed up by 11:30 to be included, up to 20 people, recommended level 3.5-4.0. Open play will end at 11:45 so the ladder can begin.

So, come early, get signed up, play a couple warm-up games and join the fun.

For more information, come to Champions Hall and ask the SW Metro Court Monitor!

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

Holiday Pickleball Party

When: Friday, November 30th    –   6:30 – 9:30 PM
Where: Chanhassen Recreation Center 2310 Coulter Blvd. Chanhassen, MN 55317

Open Pickleball from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Pot Luck Dinner @ 7:00 PM – Beverages will be provided

  • Suggested items to bring – If your last name begins with: A-H Entrees; I–P Salads, Q-Z Desserts, Optional: Appetizers

Toys for Tots Drive (new unwrapped toys)

Last year we collected $650 and 200 toys – Let’s go for even more this year!  For every toy donated you will receive an extra raffle ticket for the Door Prize Drawings!

Annual Meeting – Jerry Maas Memorial Award Presentation – New Board Members

SW Metro Pickleball Club’s Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 5th at the Chanhassen Rec Center. Prior to the start of the meeting, there was open Pickleball play and a light meal served.  The newest edition of the TipBits books was available and there were also a few lucky winners in the door prize drawings.

Dennis Gallagher paid tribute to Jerry Maas and explained about a new award being established in Jerry’s memory.  It’s simply called the Jerry Maas Memorial Award and will be presented each year to a club member who goes above and beyond contributing and supporting the sport of Pickleball.  The first ever Jerry Maas Memorial Award was presented to MARK ENGASSER.

Dennis presented Mark with the award –  Congratulations  Mark Engasser!

The other hot topic of the annual meeting was to elect new officers to replace those members whose terms were up.

Thanks and appreciation to those board members for their years of service, including; Dennis Gallagher, President, Bruce Boje, Treasurer, David Allan, and Curt Goke, Interim Board Member.

Returning Board Members include; Dianna St. Aubin, incumbent returning for her second year of first term – Member at Large, and Nancy Devitt, incumbent returning for her second year of first term – Secretary.

The recommended slate of Candidates were heard from and voted on.  Your new board is – (drum roll….)

  • Frank Stucki, President
  • Laurie Hynes, Vice President
  • Tim Peters, Vice President
  • Tony Yankauskas, Treasurer
  • CJ Williams, Member at Large

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors!

And finally, thanks to all the volunteers who purchased food, helped with set up and clean up, and those who renewed their memberships or signed up as new members!





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!