Author Archives: MariAnne Batten

Slow the Game Down From Anywhere on the Court

From Pickleball Channel

Slow Down the Game From Anywhere on the Court | Pickleball Quick Tip

Control your game with this Pickleball Quick Tip! Hear from pro pickleball player and instructor, Marcin Rozpedski, as he gives valuable instruction on how to stay in control by slowing down the game from anywhere on the court. From the lob to the dink, Marcin lists helpful shots to use to make sure you’re the one controlling the point!

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hqdefault3Here’s another great Pickleball Quick Tip from Marcin!  Hear first hand a simple trick he uses to get to the ball faster. It’s easy and any level player can improve their game immediately by implementing this quick tip. Watch Simple Trick the Pros Use to Increase Their Speed on the Court today!


Mixed Doubles 65+ 5.0 Gold Medal Match

From Pickleball Channel

Every year the competition at USAPA Nationals gets even more fierce! Check out one of those competitions in this high energy gold medal battle between dynamic married duo Yvonne & Jim Hackenberg as they take on top 5.0 players Mark Friedenberg and Marsha Freso in the Mixed Doubles 65+ 5.0 Gold Medal Match. It’s a pretty fast and furious match-up including long rallies and a parade of overhead smashes as these two top teams duke it out for the top prize!


Pickleball Christmas: Kuna’s First Tournament

Glenn Spivey and Zack Pancheri are sponsoring a pickleball tournament in December.

Here are the details:

KunaTournamentWHO: All 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 picklball players

WHAT: Men’s, Mixed, and Women’s Doubles

WHERE: Kuna High School at 637 E. Deer Flat Road in the old gymnasium featuring four indoor courts.

WHEN: Saturday, December 16 (Men’s + Women’s Doubles)
Sunday, December 17 (Mixed Doubles)

WHY: To hold Kuna’s First Pickleball Tournament!

Cost is $30 for the first event and $10 for a second event.

To enter the tournament call or email Glenn Spivey at 208.284.2510 or with the following information:

Your name, email address, phone number, event, and your partner’s name.

Download the event flyer.

Download the registration form.


Grand Slam for Dick Johnson

DJ-N-1By Lawana Johnson
Dick Johnson competed in the 2017 USAPA Nationals in Casa Grande, Arizona, where he won the following medals:

  • Silver: 75 3.5 Men’s Singles
  • Silver: 75 4.5-4.0 Mixed Doubles
  • Bronze: 75 5.0-4.5 Men’s Doubles

After starting to play pickleball only 5 years ago, this year’s unique medaling Grand Slam was achieved by Dick winning medals in all 6 senior Majors in 2017 ( USAPA Nationals, US Open, Huntsman World Sr. Games, SSIPA World Championships, National Senior Olympic Games and the State Games of America). And, he has now done it for three consecutive years, bringing home 35 medals in those major tourneys (14 Golds, 12 Silvers, 9 Bronzes). Several of those medals were achieved by 77 year old Dick playing
down in age against younger players and up in skill level brackets.

Read more about Dick and Lawana’s medal journey.

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