Donations To Local Gyms
Published March 31, 2023
In recoginition of their generosity, AAPA made donations to (top to bottom) Lay Park Gym, Aaron Heard Gym, and Athens First Methodist Church.
“Two years ago at an annual physical, my physician asked me what I was doing differently. I told him I could only think of one thing… pickleball. I was playing four days a week. He told me to keep it up as my total cholesterol was down and my good cholesterol had gone up!”
- Kathy S.
Heard About U.S. Senior Pickleball?
Published January 17, 2022
From GPA (Georgia Pickleball Assoc.) Newsletter:
US Senior Pickleball (USSP) is a division of Super Senior International Pickleball Association (SSIPA). USSP offers tournaments using age/skill for players 50+ in age. When skill levels are combined, 3.0 and 3.5 are often combined within an age group. If a player or team would rather stay in their rated skill group, then they can always play down in age. If a player or team wants to challenge themselves, then they can always play up in skill. Either way, with USSP, both players and teams have a choice in all competitive tournament play.
USSP addresses these issues:
Play with 5-year age groups from 50 to 80 years old.
Play with skill groups from 3.0 to 5.0.
Points awarded for the top 4 places in a reward system offering prizes.
Tournaments offered at the National, Zone and Circuit levels.
Anyone can register for a USSP tournament without a membership.
Three or four USSP tournaments will be offered in Georgia this year. Some will be sanctioned by GPA as well. That means a player could earn ranking points in the USSP and the GPA while playing in the one tournament.
Learn more here: https://www.ssipa-pb.org/
Ken Calkin Honored at National Pickleball Month Meet-Up
Published April 26, 2021
Ken Calkin, The Godfather of Athens Pickleball, gave a brief history of the start and growth of Pickleball in Athens. (Read the full history here.) At the end of his talk, his son Jamie presented Ken with a paddle that was designed by Jamie and printed by Prolite so it can be used on the courts. In addition to the history lesson we were introduced to the head of Parks and Recreation, voted on two by-law revisions, received Pickleball car magnets, received an update on the 2022 Pickled Peach Classic, and signed a petition to get more Pickleball courts in Athens. Please see Tom McEnaney to add your name to the petition.
USAPA Is Now USA Pickleball
Published July 23, 2020
Pickleball’s momentum as one of the fastest growing sports in the country continues with a brand re-launch aimed at building awareness and promoting the sport’s development and growth across America.
The new brand name is officially USA Pickleball, aligning it with other sports governing bodies and our USA Pickleball National Championships. The brand re-launch also includes a new, modern logo and an updated website at usapickleball.org was designed to improve the user experience. The new name, logo and website will strengthen USA Pickleball’s worldwide image as the official Pickleball organization in the U.S. and will help attract new players and future ambassadors.
Infographic – this is a graphical snapshot of USA Pickleball by the numbers, the key areas that your membership dollars support in the development and promotion of pickleball…Thank You! This is included in the Memberships section of the new site at usapickleball.org/memberships/benefits.
What is Pickleball? – due to the growth of pickleball and new players coming into the sport every day, this continues to be a top visited page. A new, short Intro to Pickleball video on the basics was created to share with family and friends looking to start playing pickleball. View now – Intro to Pickleball video
New Merchandise – get your official, new USA Pickleball merchandise. Shop at USAPAstore.com
Thank you to all our members! We are excited about the future of pickleball and USA Pickleball and your support to make this one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.!
For questions or comments regarding the website, please send an email to email@example.com
USA Pickleball Team
Published June 14, 2019