The July 17, 2017 issue of the Larimer County Health District Compass publication featured NoCo Pickleball in an article about health and getting outdoors. The article shared basic information about the sport and it's health and social benefits. Several NoCo players were pictured. Give it a read!
This wonderful game we all love, the reason you're reading this post, had a unique and fascinating beginning. Pickleball was carefully crafted and tweaked by it's founders to be a game for all. It was easy to come up with the basic court and rules, however what makes it so different from other paddle sports took time and a real recognition of the nuances of a ball bouncing just a little high, what happens if you move the kitchen line back or forward 6 inches and many other small details. Hear all about the efforts to create the game of pickleball explained by one of the founders of the game Barney McCallum through this video
Registration is open for NoCo Paid Members Only until 11PM Tuesday, May 9th. Starting Wednesday May 10th registration is open to everyone.
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Players rotated into games, took turns in the Serve and Dink Contests and enjoyed 'Team Pickleball'. Phil Goldstein was the winner of the Serve Contest. Barbara Moore and Cindy Cashman won the Dink Contest. Team 'Jim & His Harem' won the Team Pickleball contest.
Volunteers from Northern Colorado Pickleball Association arrived early to set up the event, clean the courts and help players as they arrived.
Northern Colorado Pickleball Association has been holding regular play sessions and lessons on the courts. Come join the fun. Join NoCo Pickleball Association.
Update from Brian Moeck-"GREAT NEWS:Charlotte, Marsha and I had the pleasure this morning of meeting with Eric Lucas and Wade Willis (Windsor P&R Management) and contractor George Stahlin. Construction of the 6 new Pickleball courts in Main Park is projected to begin on or about Monday September 12 with completion expected two weeks later, weather permitting. There will be two sets of three courts, aligned north-south, surrounded by and separated by a 6' chain link fence. There will be 4 gates, two exterior and two interior. The court colors will be green outside, blue serving boxes and a gray kitchen separated by new style 1" white lines ( 1" for ease of calling balls in or out). We project 12' of separation from side fences, 18' separating the middle courts from courts on either side and 7'+ of serving clearance. The 12' of side clearance should provide adequate space for chairs during casual play. We hope to have a grand opening (of sorts) around the first of October. We'll keep you posted.
Thanks to those of you for your financial support. Without your help, building all six courts, thus taking advance of construction efficiencies, would not have been possible."
Great Coached/Mentored Play Session in Wellington Wednesday night. There were 23 players and several spectators. Northern Colorado Pickleball hosted Leroy (5.0)and Barbara (4.5) Schmidt from Cheyenne and Casa Grande, AZ. Leroy and Barbara roamed the courts coaching us as we played. When a player was off the court they could shadow the coaches for additional learning. The Wellington courts were bustling and so was the Wellington Grill afterwards. The Wellington pickleball courts are great; Thanks Wellington! There were 59 hours of pickleball (# players x the amount of time they stayed) vs 2 tennis hours last night. Thanks to all who participated and help make the evening so much fun!
One of the biggest challenges of a developing program is to provide quality play opportunities for players as their skills develop. It is also important to develop minimum thresholds for certain activities for both safety and quality of play reasons . NoCo has established 2.5 as the base level for the 2016 September and October Ladder Leagues. Read more
Ladder League 2.5+ September (4 weeks)
Where: City Park Courts, Fort Collins
Dates: Fridays, 9/9, 16, 23, 30
Cost: $15 for Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Paid Members
All others $20.
Skill Level: 2.5+
See full description on nocopickleball.com
Participation is limited to 20. Registration is via the nocopickleball.com website Registration will be open to Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Paid Members through August 10th. On August 11th registration will open to all others. Paid Members-> Enter the word "Member" in the Coupon Code Box at Checkout to reduce the price to $20 from $15
Skinny Singles Tournament
Where: Wellington Community Park Courts, Wellington, CO (we hope Fort Collins will be under construction)
Date: Friday, August 19th
Cost: Free for Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Paid Members
All others $5.00
Skill Level: All
Skinny Singles is played on ½ of a pickleball court and is a good way to practice control, placement and patience. Play organization will be round robin pools of 5 with each player playing each player in the pool twice. Games will be to 11, win by 1 with rally scoring.
Registration is required. All skill levels are welcome.
Participation is limited to 20. Registration is via the NoCoPickleball.com website Registration will be open to Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Paid Members through August 10th. On August 11th registration will open to all others. Members-> Enter the word "Member" in the Coupon Code Box at Checkout to reduce the price to $5 from $10
Player Development- Mentored (Coached) Play
Where: Wellington Community Park Courts, Wellington
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Cost: $5. for Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Paid Members
$10. All others
Skill Level: All
Mentored play is a kind of skill development activity where an experienced player who is trained as a mentor, coaches a group of players as they play points or a whole game. We’re very lucky to have LeRoy and Barbara Schmidt join us to coach some of our higher skilled players and teach us how to mentor. Barb and LeRoy play in Cheyenne, WY during the summer and Palm Creek, Arizona (home of the USAPA Nationals) during the winter, where they are part of a nationally recognized player development program as mentors. LeRoy is a 5.0 USAPA rated player and Barb a 4.5 USAPA rating.
Play will begin about 5:30 at the newly lined Wellington courts at Wellington Community Park on CR 64 and go ‘til we drop. Rumor has it that post session rehydration beverages, and sustenance, can be obtained at the Wellington Grill on Cleveland St. after the on court work (outdoor patio).
All skill levels are welcome. Participation is limited to 20. Registration is via the NoCoPickleball.com website Registration will be open to Northern Colorado Pickleball Association Paid Members through August 10th. On August 11th registration will open to all others. Members-> Enter the word "Member" in the Coupon Code Box at Checkout to reduce the price to $5 from $10