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Friday Night Pickleball in Basalt

Friday Oct 20 is the start of pickleball in Basalt. We play at Basalt Middle School on School Road. It’s all been remodeled so they want us to park in the front parking lot and go through the front door. Walk past the auditorium doors on the left then take the double doors to the left and you can’t miss the gym. I get into the gym at 5:30pm after middle school sports are finishing then proceed to put the lines on the floor and set up the nets. If anyone wants to come and help, it is always welcome. We start play about 5:45. I would like to start a good habit for those that want to pick up their game. I will have three courts for the first 45 minutes doing different drills. Everyone can work on their dinks, volleys, and third shot drops and serves so we’ll do some circuit training. It’s also a great way to warm up and stretch. About 6:30 we’ll start matches with the signup on the black board. This sport is exploding so I welcome all mo matter where you hail from-visitors always welcome.
The cost is only $2 to help pay for the weekly rolls of painters’ tape used to line the courts. If there are any questions, feel free to call me at 970-379-8163
I hope to do every Friday til Memorial Day, but I was told that around Thanksgiving the gym may be closed due to resurfacing the court. I plan on a New Years pot luck. Due to New Years being on a weekend, We thought that Friday 29 Dec will be a fun time to get together.

Can’t wait to see everyone.
Paddle UP
Maurine & John Fitzpatrick

Vail Pickleball Clinics with Laura Fenton Kovanda

Back by popular demand. Pickleball Clinics with Laura Fenton Kovanda are coming to the Golden Peak Pickleball Center in Vail again September 20-24 . Laura is a 2 time US Open Gold Medalist and Women’s Pro Doubles Finalist. She is an exercise science professor, and an excellent pickleball coach.

Pre-registration is required and the number of players for each clinic will be strictly limited to 8 participants, so please contact Jerry as soon as possible if you are interested. Clinics will be offered to a maximum of 8 players per clinic for skill levels at 3.0 and below, 3.5 and 4.0 and above. To reserve clinic spots, please email Jerry at

Kovanda Clinic Schedule

Wed September 20 – 4.0 + – 12-1:30 pm
Wed September 20 – 3.0 – 3-4:30 pm
Thurs September 21– 3.0 – 8:30-10 am
Thurs September 21 – 3.5 – 3–4:30 pm
Fri September 22 – 3.5 – 8:30-10 am
Fri September 22 – 4.0+ – 12:00-1:30 pm
Sun September 24– 3.0 – 8:30-10 am
Sun September 24 – 3.5 – 3–4:30 pm

Cost per clinic is $50


See you on the courts.
Jerry Stevens
USAPA Ambassador
(O) 970-476-0186
(C) 970-471-3757

Pickleball in Vail at Golden Peak – Jenny Rink Art Work

From Charlie: Becky K. is creating a very nice piece for everyone to sign and send to Joe from Vail Valley pickleballers in remembrance of Jenny.
It’s designed so everybody can sign it. Getting it signed this late in the season is a challenge.
For those who won’t make it to OB’s, Becky or I will bring it to the Golden Peak Pickleball Courts on Saturday for signing. I believe this may be the last of OB’s events for the season (thanks,OB!) so everyone should attend that can.
Point of clarification: no donation required to sign the artwork.If anyone wants to chip in $10 to help cover the cost they can give it to Charlie Penwill or Becky Kieler. Donations to American Cancer in Jenny’s name are private, personal, and quite separate. Thanks
OB’s APP party this Friday at Red Draw Ranch – O. B. Nelson.
Friday, Sept. 8th from 5-8+. (214) 632-3101

Intensive Pickleball Camp in Vail with 2015 Players of the Year/National Champions Daniel and Scott Moore

Intensive Pickleball Camp in Vail with 2015 Players of the Year/National Champions Daniel and Scott Moore

Location, Vail, Colorado

3.0’s Friday August 18th from 1:30-3:30

3.5’s Thursday August 17th from 4:00-6:00
or Sunday August 20th from 8:00-10:00

4.0+ Friday August 18th from 8:15-11:45

Cost: 2 hour clinic, $60 and 4 hour, $100

Purpose: Step up your game with intensive, semi-private training for 5-6 hours per day, focusing on every aspect of the game, guaranteed to improve your strategy, technique and understanding of the game with IPTPA certified instructors, Scott and Daniel Moore. Together with a small group of other players you will improve your mental game, shot making, shot selection, and learn new strategies and ways to become a better pickleball player, while implementing our 10 key principles of the game. Please contact Jerry Stevens at 970-471-3757 or to register.

See you on the courts.
Jerry Stevens
USAPA Ambassador
(O) 970-476-0186
(C) 970-471-3757

Vail PB Tournament Aug 4-6

Registration Material for the First Annual Vail Western Slope Regional Pickleball Tournament at Golden Peak is now open at

The Tournament dates are August 4-6. The Tournament Divisions are 3.0 and below, 3.5, 4.0 and above and a 70+ age division – Men’s, Ladie’s and Mixed Doubles.

A Paddletek pickleball prize package and more will be raffled off each day of the tournament. 70+ and Ladie’s Doubles will be played on Friday, Men’s Doubles on Saturday and Mixed Doubles on Sunday. Please register as soon as possible as tournament registration will close in two weeks.

2017 Carbondale Pickleball Tournament Registration is OPEN

The 2017 Carbondale Pickleball tournament (part of the Western Slope Series) is set for Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th.  Saturday will me the Men’s and Women’s doubles and Sunday will be Mixed doubles.  Each division will have 3 skill levels (3.0 and below, 3.5, and 4.0 and above).

Entry fees are $35 for your first division, and $10 for your second.
We actually painted 6 pickleball courts this spring, so no more messing with that darn tape!  
Registration can be done in person at the Carbondale Rec Center, over the phone (970-510-1290), or online at

*Please note that the registration deadline is Wednesday, September 6th at 5pm.*

Thanks!  See you in September!
Jason Thraen
Recreation Coordinator
Carbondale Recreation and Community Center
567 Colorado Ave.|Carbondale, CO 81623
Office: (970) 510-1279
Cell:    (712) 216-0967

Gypsum Daze tournament – July 14

If you are interested in playing in the Gypsum Daze tournament on Friday, July 14, you can register now at  Alternatively, you can sign up in person at the Gypsum Recreation Center. Please do not call the Rec Center to register.
A few things to know:
Regular, “recreational play” will not take place the morning of July 14.

The tournament format will be “double elimination”.

The Onix Pure 2 ball will be used.

You and your partner each need to register separately. If you or your partner do not already have an account with WECMRD, you’ll be prompted on the website to create an account.
The cost to participate is $15 per person.

Caution: It is possible that there will be a number of people without a partner who show up to play the morning of the tournament. There is no way to know in advance how many may show up or their skill level. Therefore, it is very important that you secure a partner prior to the event. Single players cannot be guaranteed a partner, as we can’t predict who may show up in need of one.

Many thanks to Scott Ruff and Lucas Rivera of the Gypsum Recreation Center for organizing and being in charge of this event!

Robin and Jerry

Grand Junction – The Western Slope Open

Now’s Your Chance to Register!

Don’t Miss Out…

There are only 2 more pickleball tournaments in Grand Junction this year! Don’t miss out on your chance to play in them… get registered today!

The Western Slope Open (Formerly Taco Bell Tournament)
July 22nd & 23rd
Mixed Doubles 2.5-4.5+ will be held on Saturday, and Doubles on Sunday. Teams will be capped at 8 for each division. This pickleball tournament is in conjunction with the Tennis tournament. Fee includes a picnic at Colorado Mesa University on July 27th. See insert for more information.


The Western Colorado Senior Games (Ages 50+)
August 25th – 27th

Doubles 2.0-2.5 will be held on Friday, Double 3.0-4.5+ will be held on Saturday, and Mixed Doubles on Sunday. Your fee includes participation in over 55 other events that will be held August 21st-25th.



Battle of the Paddle -Glenwood Springs

Sanctioning has been approved and people are signing up.  Got some people from Washington State, Utah, Arizona, and North Dakota coming.  The Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs right across the street from the courts is again offering a discount to tournament players.  Just ask for the Pickleball Discount.

Pass the flyer along and get signed up J or call 970-384-6301

James C. Main
Recreation Supervisor
City of Glenwood Springs

Unique opportunity!

 A graduate student is doing an internship with a focus on Sports Psychology.  She is coming to the community center in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday the 27th of June from 6:30-8PM,  She is going to be giving out information on what she is wanting to do with individuals from the raquet community at large.  This first meeting is for information and to sign up for her observation.

It is completely free and what she will be doing is scheduling times to watch you or your team play.  She will be doing lots of observation and then following the observations, she will schedule at your convenience a time to chat with you about what she observed.

The focus is on becoming better at your sport by removing obstacles associated with psychological impediments.

You of course are under no obligation, but you would be helping a college grad student out and you may be able to improve your performance by unlocking some deep-seeded issues in your mind.  Check out the flyer and please come.


Golden Peak Pickleball Center Grand Opening

Golden Peak Pickleball Center Grand Opening and Clinics with Scott Moore and Laura Fenton Kovanda!

It is going to be a fun packed week-end at the new Golden Peak Pickleball Center in Vail. Our summer schedule has started and daily drop in play will be offered beginning at 8 am today. The first clinic today is a rating clinic that starts at 11 am. There will be two more clinics today with top pros Laura Fenton Kovanda and Scott Moore, a Beg/Int Clinic from 1-3 pm and an Int/Adv Clinic from 4:30-6:30. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before to sign-in and get a warm-up. 

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Saturday at 10:30 am and then exhibition games starting at 11:00, followed by lunch and two afternoon clinics, as well as two more clinics on Sunday.

PARKING INFO: There are 10 parking spaces at the courts, but as there are always more than 10 people at the courts, please plan on parking at the Vail Village Parking Structure. It is less than a 5 minute walk and best of all it’s free!

We hope you will be able to participate in some of the fun pickleball activities over the week-end at the new Golden Peak Pickleball Center!

If you have any questions please contact Jerry at or (970)471-3757.