February 10, 2009

MI Pickleball News by Dick Manasseri

MSO Review

The MSO Pickleball Games were completed last week and the competitive results can be found at: MSO Winter 2009 Pickleball Tournament Results

Congratulations to all the players, volunteers, referees, spectators, and organizers that made this Great Lakes Pickleball Showcase Event so successful. Auburn Hills Senior Services enabled USAPA Ambassador Michelle Pozan to dedicate her time and energy to the planning and managing of the MSO. The Rochester OPC enabled USAPA Member Krystee Dorland to do the same. And USAPA Member Janet Razz volunteered countless hours to complete the three-way leadership collaboration that produced a wonderful Pickleball experience for all.

USAPA Ambassadors Melissa Muha and Bob Northrop produced the Karaoke Social that raised the bar to a new level for a near-wedding experience of laughter, good music, singing, dance and camaraderie.

Pictures of the MSO and the Karaoke Social will be posted soon on the Michigan Pickleball website http://mipickleball.usapa.org/

So if you like this type of high quality organization, hospitality and competition, where do you go next?

"Wait, there's More!" (Like they say in the TV commercials)

That's right! 5 more Showcase Events in the next four months for all levels of play.

All five of these tournaments, within an hour drive of one another, will offer refereed matches where appropriate plus $5 discounts for USAPA Members.

Friday, March 20th - OPC Rochester Spring Fling
Friday, March 27th - OPC Rochester PoP Till You Drop
These Showcase Events will offer recreational level fun for beginner and intermediate players that are new to tournaments. Mixed-Up Doubles will be included on the 20th where no partners are needed; partners will be drawn randomly; partners will continue to change each game. Watch for details and Registration Flyers!

Saturday, April 11th – Hartland 50+ Mixed Doubles

This USAPA Sanctioned (Tier 4) Showcase Event is the natural extension of the MSO Mixed Doubles games, worth the drive out MI 59 past US 23.
Registration Flyer: Hartland Spring Pickleball Tournament April 11, 2009

Saturday, May 16th – Northville 50+ Women's and Men's Doubles
This Showcase Event will sharpen your doubles skills in preparation for the July MSO Games.
Registration Flyer: Northville Pickleball Tournament May 16, 2009

Saturday, June 13th - Auburn Hills Summer Smash
Michigan State Pickleball Games #1
50+ Mixed Doubles, Mixed Generation, 14+ Women's and Men's Singles

This Showcase Events is a model for a series of tournaments across Michigan that together will form the Michigan State Pickleball Games for All Ages. There will be games intended to draw Junior, Adult, and Senior players. Watch for details and Registration Flyers!

"But Wait, There Really is More!"

July 7-10 MSO – SE Michigan Location

September - USAPA Great Lakes Regional Tournament
For USAPA Members – Date TBD – SE Michigan Location – All Ages

November 2-8, 2009 Buckeye, Arizona (near Phoenix)
USAPA National Tournament

For USAPA Members – All Ages –Entry Deadline October 10th


Pickleball TV Show Now Broadcasting

CMNTV* Channel 18 (WOW) & 52 (COMCAST)

February 3rd – March 14th

Tuesday 8:30pm

Thursday 11:00am

Saturday 6:30pm

CMNTV serves 11 communities in Oakland County, Michigan: Auburn Hills, Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oakland Township, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy.

This program can serve as a demo/clinic for beginners. It is an episode of the Live Long Live Well series produced by Mark Maxwell (Max), a consultant dedicated to the health and wellness of baby boomers and seniors.

The entire 30 minute show can also be viewed online at Google video http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=Pickleball_lllw&emb=0&aq=f

as well as on Max's website Live Long Live Well http://www.livelonglivewell.org/gpage1.html

The program discusses the history of Pickleball, demonstrates the various shots, and explains how the game is played. Instructors, recreation center program managers and physical education teachers can use it as part of their Pickleball programs.

Public access stations throughout the country are always looking for quality content that would be of interest to the communities they serve. Pickleball players are free to contact their local public access TV stations to request that they broadcast the program. This might be done to generate general interest in a community or as part of a targeted campaign to kick-off a new Pickleball program at a local recreation center.

Please contact me with any questions or comments about the program or to discuss plans to use the DVD in any of the above or other settings.

Whether your cup of tea is tournaments, ladders, drop-in play, refereeing, teaching, volunteering, or spectating, let's all celebrate the health, fitness, and friendships that we enjoy because somebody invented Pickleball.

Dick Manasseri
USAPA Great Lakes Regional Ambassador


Blogger's Note: One More! Waterford "Freaky Friday" Pickleball Tournament, March 13!Registration Flyer: http://usapa.org/file/mi/Waterford_Pickleball_Tournament.pdf