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Exciting Hobble Creek Update!

Hobble Creek Park Update 4-6-18

Something to Cheer About!

April 2018

Treasure Valley Pickleball Advocates,

THIS IS VERY EXCITING NEWS! On January 24, 2018 John Sweeting, Co-Chair and Nanci Bent, President of the Hobble Creek Park Pickleball Complex Committee met with Paula Lawson representing the Boise Parks & Recreation Department (BPRD). At that meeting they signed an agreement that reduced the financial obligation of Treasure Valley Pickleball Advocates (TVPA) working to create the Hobble Creek dedicated Pickleball Complex.

OUR OBLIGATION WAS REDUCED FROM $100,000 TO $50,000.  Both the Boise City Council with the approval of the BPRD accepted the change in the agreement. This change has a tremendous impact on what the committee has been doing over the last three and a half years.

In order for BPRD to apply for a Land and Water Conservation Grant, our goal $50,000 must be met. This grant will be a dollar for dollar match up to $250,000. Once the initial $50,000 is raised by TVPA, to take full advantage of the matching grant money, we will work together to raise an additional $40,000 through corporate sponsorships and grants to take full advantage of the matching grant money.


TVPA’s $50,000 + BPRD’s $160,000 = $210,000 + Additional $40,000 in seeking grant opportunities and corporate sponsorships totaling $250,000 which the Land and Water Conservation Grant will match and together will be the $500,000 needed to complete the project.

WE ARE NOW VERY CLOSE TO REACHING OUR MINIMUM GOAL. In the 501(c)(3) accounts, funds total approximately $40,000 and brick sales are continuing to generate donations. However, this project is based on continued pledges.  We do have some amenities and enhancements that we would like to provide in the form of shade structures and seating.  Therefore, continuing fundraising efforts are encouraged.

THIS IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED.  Join friends and family members in purchasing one of the nine remaining courts at $6,000 a court or a water fountain for $4,000. The donors will be identified with bronze plaques on the amenities to which they have purchased.  We believe this is an opportunity to create a legacy for friends, families and future pickleball players. Business and corporate sponsorships are welcomed as well.  Every court purchased or donation made will allow BPRD to provide the type of enhancements that will make our community complex an incredible and welcoming sports venue.

The Hobble Creek Park Pickleball Complex will soon be a reality.  Meeting our new financial goal as early as possible will open the door for BPRD to let some facility bids out later this year with construction starting as soon as grant funding becomes available. Hobble Creek will become a major attraction and draw pickleball players to engage in both recreation and tournament play from throughout the state and the Northwest.  THE ONLY QUESTION THAT REMAINS IS: WILL YOU BE A PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS COMPLEX?  DONATIONS

MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 1, 2018. All donations are tax deductible through TVPA 501(c)(3) at:



Feel free to print or forward the attachments below in your efforts to solicit funds for this great endeavor.   The Hobble Creek Park Pickleball Complex Committee thanks you for helping reach this financial goal.

John Sweeting, Co-Chairman                         Rhonda Reed, Secretary                    Carson Spencer, Co-Chairman                        Rudy Whittaker, Treasurer                    Nanci Bent, Committee President                   Terry Donohue, Treasurer                        Cris Bent                                                      Margo Hunter, Tech. Support



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9 People and Companies You Should Be Following in Pickleball

From Duke with Quick Pickle on Apr 03, 2018 12:00 am

9 people and companies you should be following in Pickleball

By Duke with Quick Pickle on Apr 03, 2018 12:00 am

Hello friends, (repeat in your best Jim Nantz voice at the Masters)

As Pickleball grows, so does the options for Pickleball info.  We thought we’d put together a list of the must-see options on where to go.  Here is our first annual list of the 9 people or companies you should be following in Pickleball.

All Pickleball– Jennifer Lucore, a 17-time USAPA Nationals champion, 11-time Canadian Nationals champion and winner of many gold medals at the US Open and PPF tournaments created a Pickleball blog in 2014.  Her must-read blog covers her travels, tips, advice, her tournament experiences and much more.

Pickleball Central– Need a paddle or balls or nets or anything else for the court?  Pickleball Central is a family run business out of Kent, WA that excels by offering awesome customer service.  If you’re not sure which paddle is best for you, give them a call or stop by their warehouse and they’ll help you out.

Pickleball Channel– If you’re looking for short videos covering specific areas of Pickleball, check out their website.  Hosted by the always smiling Rusty Howes, their videos get right to the point and offer graphics along with the demonstration to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Pickleball Forum– The Facebook group started by perennial Pickleball champion, Aspen Kern, has over 16,000 members and is growing daily.  If you have Pickleball questions, it is the place to go to post it and get more responses than you ever thought you’d get.  If you’re looking for a partner at an upcoming tournament, vent about your new Pickleball balls breaking or sharing your successes, it’s the place to go.

Pickleball Guru– Prem Carnot, author of Smart Pickleball, travels the country offering private and group clinics.  The blogs on his website are for beginners and advanced players looking for more in-depth knowledge they can start using today.

Pickleball Rocks– What started out as a paddle distributor by Rocket Grubbs, turned into a Pickleball apparel company. Eventually they added programs donating paddles to schools, rec centers and parks departments along with the Pickleball Mile Club that encourages exercise by playing Pickleball.

Pickleball Show– Are you into podcasts?  This is the show you need to be listening to.  Hosted by smooth baritone Chris Allen, he talks with the top players in the sport to find out their best advice.  The #1 podcast for Pickleball can be found on his website as well as iTunes.  The episodes are fun and typically less than 20 minutes so you can get right back on the court.

Sarah Ansboury– She started playing Pickleball in 2014 and has been teaching the masses since then.  Sarah has had tremendous success on the court and brings that passion to her blogs and clinics.  Her blogs cover strategies, interviews with other players and inspirational stories that will get you excited to start playing.

USAPA– (USA Pickleball Association) The nonprofit that oversees development of the sport, rules, sponsoring and sanction tournaments, ranking players and everything else Pickleball.  Their website is full of info on upcoming tournaments, news, Ambassadors, Places 2 Play and much more.

Thanks for reading.  We know there are many more resources out there.  Let us know what we missed, and maybe we can include them on our next list.


Quick Pickle– For the Love of Pickleball

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International Indoor Pickleball Championships/Registration Information


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International Indoor Pickleball Championships
located at
Northwest Sports Hub, Centralia, WA

26 Indoor Courts with practice courts

Event Details
Wednesday 5/29 to Friday 6/1 — Skill Event with Age Divisions
Saturday 6/2 & Sunday 6/3 — Skill Event Only
Juniors 11+ can play in the 19+ event

Tuesday, May 29th Fun Play & Clinics
Wednesday, May 30th Men’s Doubles (3.0 to 4.5) — 19+, 35+, 50+ & 60+
Men’s Doubles (5.0) — 19+  50+ & 60+
Men’s Doubles Senior Open (3.0 to 5.0) — 50+
Women’s Doubles (3.0 to 4.5) — 19+, 35+, 50+ & 60+
Women’s Doubles (5.0) — 19+, 50+ & 60+
Women’s Doubles Senior Open (3.0 to 5.0) — 50+
Reminder — you can only play one event per day
Thursday, May 31st Mixed Doubles (3.0 to 4.5) — 19+, 35+, 50+ & 60+
Mixed Doubles (5.0) — 19+, 50+ & 60+
Mixed Doubles Senior Open (3.0 to 5.0) — 50+
Reminder — you can only play one event per day
Friday, June 1st Men’s Singles (3.0 to 4.5) — 19+, 35+, 50+ & 60+
Men’s Singles Open (3.0 to 5.0)
Men’s Singles Senior Open (3.0 to 5.0) — 50+
Women’s Singles (3.0 – 4.5) — 19+, 35+, 50+ & 60+
Women’s Singles Open (3.0 to 5.0)
Women’s Senior Open (3.0 to 5.0) — 50+
Reminder — you can only play one event per day
Saturday, June 2nd Men’s Doubles Skill Level Only (3.0 to 4.5)
Men’s Doubles Open (3.0 to 5.0)
Women’s Doubles Skill Level Only (3.0 to 4.5)
Women’s Doubles Open (3.0 to 5.0)
Reminder — you can only play one event per day
Sunday, June 3rd Mixed Doubles Skill Level Only (3.0 to 4.5)
Mixed Doubles Open (3.0 to 5.0)
Reminder — you can only play one event per day

Improve Your First Three Shots in Pickleball | Skills and Drills

From Pickleball Channel

The first three shots in a pickleball match can set you up to win if done well. Watch this video to see how this simple drill can really help you understand what to do for each of the three shots that start the game – the serve, the return of serve and the third shot drop. It’s a fun game with points that you can play to help improve your accuracy! This is a great drill developed by Phil Dunmeyer, pickleball ambassador from Tustin, CA, and a well respected leader among pickleball players. Watch it today!

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