October 28, 2008

Pickleball News ~ By Dick Manasseri

Get Your Red Hot USAPA National Ranking Points Right Here In Cool Michigan at the Sanctioned MSO Winter Pickleball Games February 2nd – 4th, 2009!

The MSO Winter Pickleball Games are now officially sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) and the level of sanctioning has been elevated to Tier 3. This means the national ranking points that are available for the top 3 finishers in each age group have been increased by 50%. This is a clear vote of confidence in the high quality of competition generated right here in the Great Lakes Region and specifically in Michigan.

On a practical level, this means that players do not have to travel to Arizona or Florida in February to find a major sanctioned tournament. And even those who do spend 4-6 months in the sunny South, may want to schedule a mid-winter trip home to compete with their neighbors in this Great Lakes Region Showcase Event. In order qualify for national ranking points in this sanctioned event, you must be a member of the USAPA which is easy to do online at http://usapa.org/memberships/index.php

Now is the time to register for the MSO Winter Pickleball Games and other MSO sports. To request registration forms email: MIPickleball@gmail.com
MSO Pickleball Skills Clinic
Renard Kolasa, 2008 MSO Doubles and Singles Gold Medal Winner, will be hosting a Skills Clinic that is open to all players who want to improve.
  • Wednesday November 12th 1:00- 4:00pm
  • OPC Rochester Gym

The clinic is a great way to develop a winning strategy for the February Winter Games. Need an MSO partner? We can help at the clinic. The $5.00 fee is waived for MSO members. Register today. To request registrations forms email: MIPickleball@gmail.com

Celebrate the Holidays with Family and Younger Friends at the Holiday Mixed Generation PICKLEBALL Festival at the Troy Community Center Sunday December 28th

Spread the joy of Pickleball to your favorite people of all ages by inviting them to play recreational and/or competitive games at this unique Festival. Register today. To request registration flyers email: MIPickleball@gmail.com

Great Lakes Region Showcase Event
Perfect Your MSO Partnership Play at the Pre-MSO Happy New Year! Tournament at the Auburn Hills Community Center Saturday January 3, 2009. Grab this chance to play with your MSO partner in a fun tournament that will use the MSO format including trained referees. Register today. To request registration flyers email: MIPickleball@gmail.com

Live Long Live Well Discovers Pickleball
"Live Long Live Well (LLLW) is a TV program and a website dedicated to the health and wellness of baby boomers and seniors". LLLW's producer, Mark Maxwell (Max), has recently discovered Pickleball and he is interested in learning how this fast growing sport might just help us all live longer and more satisfying lives. Recently Max interviewed Bob Lavens who is still going strong at 80; Bob plays Pickleball, softball and more in and around Troy. To see the interview with Bob and Max and to follow Max's research on living well tune into Channel 52 on Comcast or Channel 18 WOW, on Tuesday at 8:30 pm, Thursday at 10:30 or 11:00am, and Saturday at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.livelonglivewell.org

Please send me any Pickleball news for your local areas.

Just for the Fun of It!

Dick Manasseri

USAPA Great Lakes Regional Ambassador