The Connestee Falls Mountain Picklers held their annual Pickleball Tournament from September 21-23 at their dedicated courts in the pickleball complex. This was the seventh year for the tournament that has capitalized on the growing popularity of pickleball to help fund college scholarships for deserving students in Transylvania County. More than 130 players participated in the event, over half of whom traveled here from outside of Transylvania County.
With some excellent cooperation from mother nature, the games went on without a hitch, crowning Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles champions in ten different skill level categories. More importantly, over $12,000 was raised for student scholarships. In the words of Tournament Director Deb Richter, “With the efforts of so many volunteers, this was the most successful tournament yet in terms of fundraising as well as excellent competition and lots of fun. We are already looking forward to next year to broaden exposure to our precious corner of Western North Carolina.”
Get excited, Head Paddles are available at PickleballCentral. For the past two weeks, thanks to PickleballCentral’s new demo program, I’ve had the opportunity to use one of the new Head Radical Pro paddles. I am a 4.0 woman and I love the soft game. I have tried many different paddles and most recently, have been playing with an Engage paddle. This Head paddle has a great new shock absorbing handle and grip that was very comfortable, solid, and a full 4 1/4 inch girth for those with bigger hands. I found the paddle weighted nicely, some weight in the tip for a snappy shot but most of the weight was deeper in the paddle for consistent shots and less swing. Dinks and blocks at the net were solid, the sweet spot was sufficient for me, and the surface allowed me to impart spin with less effort than many paddles.
I felt very confident using the Radical Pro when I wanted to impart spin and at the net for a firm block or penetrating dink. This is a great paddle for the player who has control and wants to add firm, consistent power to their game. Thanks again, PickleballCentral for the chance to demo this paddle and for the second paddle to be given as a prize at our upcoming tournament!
The committee is looking for helpers for beginner lessons/sessions. We will train you so you won’t be on your own. Please reply to the newsletter, let us know you’re available to help!! THANKS!!!! Also, the committee has decided to charge a small fee ($5) for beginner lessons. The $$ will go into the Mountain Pickler Funds. Just a way to justify the time spent on the courts by our trainers.
We are also going to create a phone list of Mountain Picklers. Have you ever wanted to call someone for a pickup game, but did not have any contact info? Reply to the newsletter letting us know you want to be on our phone list with the number best to reach you. We’ll do the rest.
A quick reminder of how we operate
We have LOTS of new members, and are very thankful for every smiling face on the courts, BUT, every once in a while we need to refresh everyone on the rules. Generally, we allow winners to stay on the court, split, and two new people join them. If we have lots of people waiting, once you’ve won 2 games in a row, you also should rotate out and let a new group play.
And then there is the new Ball Machine, THE TUTOR!!
Check out facebook for some ideas of how to use this great tool. It's a public group. "Pickleball Tutor owners" There are also several YouTube videos available for ideas! Get out there and try it out!!
The 2017 pickleball season officially opened with a potluck supper and planning meeting at Atagahi Park. The get together was organized by our pickleball committee and Deb Richter. The excellent turnout was a reflection of the keen interest generated by pickleball here in Connestee Falls.
After Deb, members of the pickleball committee - Kathy Cordier, Liz Fleming, Doug Balne, Tom McMurray, and Bill Buchler - spoke briefly about a number of items including plans to add two new courts in 2018, the status of our funds and items that will be added to the 2018 budget, and some important rules and regulations related to court use. If you want to learn more about what the pickleball committee is doing, then call or email any member using the contact information under the Members Only tab on our homepage.