FREE CLUB TOURNAMENT! BEGINNERS WELCOME! BRAND NEW WESTWOOD COURTS! DON’T MISS IT! SIGN UP NOW!

Find your favorite paddle, pick a partner and practice your dinks: It’s time for Southwest Metro Pickleball’s First Annual Club Tournament! This members-only tournament will be held in a Round Robin format and will be arranged by age and skill level.

Location: Westwood Park Courts (3701 W 108th St, Bloomington, MN 55431)

Dates: Saturday, September 22nd (Men’s, Women’s, and Beginners) and Sunday, September 23rd (Mixed)

Check-in will take place at 8:00am on both days of the tournament.

For information on the age and skill breakdown, please see below:

(Please note that groups will be modified as needed to fit registrations)

Age Groups:

Play Groups:

12-49 Beginner
50-59 Intermediate
60-69 Advanced Intermediate
70-79

80+

Advanced

 

Interested in competing? Register by email at: [email protected] OR register in person with John Barber or any Board Member.

Players in all groups except Beginner must sign up as a team. When registering, please submit your contact information and skill level. When determining skill level, please use your new USAPA rating (please include all 4 numbers). If you are not a USAPA member, use your SW Metro Pickleball Club rating as listed on the web site. If you have an issue with that level please contact Jeff Conradi at [email protected]

If you do not have a Club rating, determine the skill level of the group you play with most often, and register with that information.

Are you new to Pickleball or competitive play? Don’t worry! This tournament will be a fun, low pressure opportunity to test the waters. The beginner’s group will be all players combined in one group. You can register as a team or as an individual. We will make every attempt to find everyone a partner.

Westwood Courts Open For Play

THE DREAM IS FINALLY A REALITY!

After a years long struggle the Westwood Park Courts are open for play. Welcome the 8 permanent/4 temporary 12 court complex to the SW Metro Pickleball Club inventory of new courts. The construction company unlocked the gates and left late Friday afternoon. The crowds were already teeming the courts Saturday morning.

Westwood is the host site for the Club Tournament Sept 22/23, so be sure to get a partner and join the fun.

South West Metro Pickleball – First Annual Club Championship Tournament

The Westwood courts are almost ready – ARE YOU?!

Find your favorite paddle, pick a partner and practice your dinks: It’s time for Southwest Metro Pickleball’s First Annual Club Championship Tournament! This members-only tournament will be held in a Round Robin format and will be arranged by age and skill level.

Location: Westwood Park Courts (3701 W 108th St, Bloomington, MN 55431)

Dates: Saturday, September 22nd (Men’s, Women’s, and Beginners) and Sunday, September 23rd (Mixed)

Check-in will take place at 8:00am on both days of the tournament.

For information on the age and skill breakdown, please see below:

(Please note that groups will be modified as needed to fit registrations)

Age Groups:

Play Groups:

12-49 Beginner
50-59 Intermediate
60-69 Advanced Intermediate
70-79

80+

Advanced

 

Interested in competing? Register by email at: [email protected] OR register in person with John Barber or any Board Member.

Players in all groups except Beginner must sign up as a team. When registering, please submit your contact information and skill level. When determining skill level, please use your new USAPA rating (please include all 4 numbers). If you are not a USAPA member, use your SW Metro Pickleball Club rating as listed on the web site. If you have an issue with that level please contact Jeff Conradi at [email protected].

If you do not have a Club rating, determine the skill level of the group you play with most often, and register with that information.

Are you new to Pickleball or competitive play? Don’t worry! This tournament will be a fun, low pressure opportunity to test the waters. The beginner’s group will be all players combined in one group. You can register as a team or as an individual. We will make every attempt to find everyone a partner.

A GRAND OPENING AT STARING LAKE PARK

   

More than 120 club members descended on the eight new dedicated Staring Lake Park Pickleball courts for a gala and fun grand opening, featuring EP Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and Mayoral candidates Brad Aho and Ron Case. A fun pickleball game was played featuring the Mayor and Park & Rec Director Jay Latthammer against Club members Jane Goke and Dennis Gallaher.

A special tribute to Jerry Maas was presented by his son Steve with Jerry’s wife Carol Maas and other family members present.

The event included lots of cake, cookies and lemonade, but best of all, lots of GREAT PICKLEBALL. A fun time was had by all!

Paddle Reviews – Prince Spectrum Pro Composite

NOTE: Many thanks to PickleballCentral, who is providing a different paddle to our Club each month for review on our web site. The review is good information for our Club members and is not to be construed as an endorsement by the Club.

Review: Prince Spectrum Pro Composite
By Dennis Gallaher

The Prince Spectrum Pro Composite is a light to medium weight pickleball paddle with a definitely unique design. It features a slightly larger, more rounded and thicker body than most other paddles on the market. It felt comfortable in my hand when I picked it up and performed at least as well as the Paddletek Tempest I’ve currently been using.

Perhaps because of its slightly larger design and seemingly larger sweet spot, this paddle demonstrated excellent touch and control allowing me to dink and control my shots very easily and accurately. It has a good feel, and the slightly thicker design also provided all the stiffness and power I needed to put shots away easily and control my volleys. It also seems to be a little quieter than other paddles.

The thing I liked the most about this paddle is the way it feels when I strike the ball, very solid and controlled but not overpowering. It’s thicker design makes it very stiff yet it is not heavy, making it very easy to get to volleys and other shots quickly. It also worked well for defensive volleys where I needed to take power off a hard hit ball.

This paddle would be a good choice for beginner, intermediate and expert players. The quality is definitely apparent. It is a higher end paddle, retailing at $148.99 but well worth it.

For more information about this paddle, go to http://pickleballcentral.com/Prince_Paddles_s/297.htm

STARING LAKE PARK GRAND OPENING WED, AUG 29!

LET’S CELEBRATE on Wednesday, August 29 at 5:30PM! After years of concerted effort by so many club members, our eight new dedicated pickleball courts in Eden Prairie are now rockin’ and rollin’ with dinkin’ and slamin’!

The bricks are gorgeous with a center brick dedicating the new courts to our dear friend Jerry Maas who did so much to help us get these courts built. Bricks are still available.

Let’s have a fun night with all our great pickleball friends, dedicating the new courts and enjoying some celebration cake and refreshments. AND LET’S PLAY PICKLEBALL!

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

HIGH-END, LIMITED-EDITION ENGAGE TOURNAMENT PADDLES NOW AVAILABLE AT A SPECIAL CLUB PRICE

Members:

We have a limited number of high-end Engage Pickleball Middle States Regional Tournament Paddles available now. Choose from the advanced, top-of-the-line Poach Advantage model retailing for $149.99 available to Club Members for only $105.

Or choose an excellent Mystic Model retailing for $84.99 available at a special Club Member price of only $65.

We also have popular, Paddletek Element Club Paddles available for $65.

Offer is good for Club Members only and only one paddle per member.

Get yours before they are gone by emailing [email protected] or text: 612-859-8691

Happy hitting!

BLOOMINGTON WESTWOOD PARK COURTS ARE FINALLY BECOMING A REALITY

Well after a long hard struggle to push a new court project at Westwood Park, it is now under construction. As of this writing, the asphalt is being laid. Fencing will follow, and then a 30 day curing time for the asphalt. The hope is to have the courts open before Labor Day.

As part of that project it was agreed that Bloomington would build the basic complex, and pickleball supporters would fund the amenities such as wind screens, sunscreens and tables with umbrellas in an area outside of the courts.

It is now time to start raising the money for those amenities. It is estimated we need to raise $25,000. We have a $10,000 Matching Funds Grant from the SW Metro Pickleball Club. We are trying to raise $5,000 from individual pickleball players. These donations are tax deductible, and you will get a form for your tax records from the club. We are also seeking large donations from business entities to make up the difference

If you are feeling generous please give cash or a check made out to SW Metro Pickleball Club to Jim Klaseus, Deanne Turja, Dennis Gallaher, Bruce Boje, John Barber or mail it to:

John Barber

10204 Park View Circle
Bloomington MN 55431

Thank you in advance for your support. Together we will make this a wonderful place to play the game we all love.