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  • 08/25/2020 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    July 22, 2020

    Official National Governing Body for Pickleball in the U.S.

    Welcome to USA Pickleball’s New Logo and Updated Website!

    We are excited to announce a brand re-launch that includes a new, modern logo, and an updated website and URL at usapickleball.org. The new brand name officially changed from USAPA to USA Pickleball, aligning it with other sports governing bodies and our USA Pickleball National Championships. 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.

    The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) was formed in 2005. The last time the USAPA logo was updated, in 2013, the governing body had 4,000 members. By January 2020, membership had accelerated ten-fold, surpassing 40,000 members. The Sports Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) estimates the number of active Pickleball players in America is 3.3 million.

    Specific to the new-and-improved website, a key goal was to make it easier to navigate. Using data and analytics, the new website was designed to improve the user experience and make information easy to find and share with an emphasis on visual design.

    The speed of the website was also improved, allowing for faster loading and page refresh times for users. The site receives more than half of its web traffic from mobile devices, ensuring that the user experience is optimized for any and all devices – not just desktop. A new framework and theme were built to showcase the site’s modern design. And a new “What is Pickleball” animated video was produced to support one of the top web pages on the site and build awareness by providing an overview of the basics of the sport. Check it out!

    We appreciate and thank all of our members, Ambassadors, partners and team for all you do for the sport and the organization, and for making pickleball one of the fastest growing sports!

    For questions or comments regarding the website, please send an email to info@usapickleball.org

    Thank you!



  • 08/05/2020 9:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    USAPA ambassador Rocky Arrington and GOPB V. President was interviewed by the Oklahoma Senior Journal about the Oklahoma Senior Games! Great job & nice interview! Click on the link to hear the interview.

    https://okseniorjournal.com/…/07-18-20-ok-sr-games-athlete…/

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  • 07/16/2020 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 30, 2

    By Jennifer & Clayton Edwards, GAMMA Contracted Players

    Whenever I (Jennifer) ask people if they play mixed doubles with their spouse, the usual response I get is a chuckle and something on the lines of “It’s best if we want to stay married that we don’t.”  They are usually surprised when they find out Clayton and I are married and are playing together.

    Clayton and I are unique as we both grew up playing competitive tennis, so transitioning to pickleball was pretty easy.  Clayton introduced me to pickleball when we first dating in October 2015, and a married couple was the first ones that played with us – so we thought it was normal for a husband/wife team to be playing together.

    The beginning of our relationship on the pickleball court was challenging – I didn’t understand why Clayton wanted to be on my side of the court and take my shots.  But now that we have been playing at a higher competitive level, I just stay out of the way and just do my job – dink and set up the points.

    Playing together is not always easy, but it has been rewarding and has strengthened our relationship.  We enjoy getting to compete and travel together for tournaments. Also, it is nice having a forever mixed doubles and practice partner.

    Playing with your spouse may not be for everyone, but for those who do, here are some tips we wanted to share.

    5 Tips Playing Pickleball with your Spouse

    1. Start each game with a sign of affection. We start off before each match with a hug. If you’re less socially inhibited or want to psych out of your opponents, you can go in for a big sloppy kiss.
    2. Take Time Outs. If one or both of you start getting mad, take a time out.
    3. Most teams will try to pick on one player.  Make a game plan of stacking or when to poach to help avoid a player being isolated.
    4. Even just 1 day a week can improve your game significantly. Practice dinking, 3rd shot drops, or where else you think you need work.  Make a dinking game with a friendly wager.
    5. Remember it’s just Pickleball. Even at a tournament, it’s still a silly game with a silly name.  Remember that your partner is your spouse that you love and you must spend time with after the game.  Often the best parts of pickleball tournaments are the time off the court, meeting friends and travelling to new places together.


  • 02/01/2020 7:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Why Do I Play Pickleball?

    JANUARY 29, 2020  BY BRENT TAYLOR

    Karen and I just got back from Edmond where we won a medal in mixed doubles. Karen thinks we should get money rather than medals. I remind her that I’m a two time loser in side jobs…golf (I made $271.00 in 1982 as a pro) and writing (I received $107.20 in book royalties in 2019) which works out to 4 cents an hour. We should just be grateful for a medal and love of sport.

    Folks often ask me these days about pickleball. What is it? Why do I play?

    I often reply with details…the size of the court and I describe the ball, the paddle, and the strategy. But the reason I play has nothing to do with any of that. Let me describe it without the technical stuff.

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    Why do I play pickleball? 

    First, pickleball is not particularly difficult. You can play in your age group and ranking class. But what is challenging for me is the social aspect. Pickleball is a new way to talk across the fence to neighbors in an age that has lost the art of easy conversation. I am a social introvert, often masking my guttural instincts to scream or tackle someone when I play. Tackling isn’t allowed in pickleball. But occasionally, you can smash a ball into an opponent as long as you quickly feign lack of intention. That is the easy part.

    The difficulty lies in the hellos and hugs, the sharing of life and stories, and a feeling that we are even closer than 6 degrees of separation. Pickleball circumvents the social rule that says we are all just six handshakes away from knowing everyone in the universe. You are indeed a friend of a friend in pickleball, and the logarithmic social distance seems truncated to the point that you are instantly neighbors visiting over your backyard fence about children, paddles, and sore knees.

    Second, it reminds me of neighborhood backyards when I was a kid. There was always a game, a sense of inclusion young with old, and we played for hours on end.

    Pickleball is after all, at its heart, a backyard sport. It was invented near Seattle by three dads whose kids were bored. Some say the name pickleball derived from the inventor families cocker spaniel named Pickles who chased the ball and ran away with it. This was my youth, inventing games and making rules as you go. Pickleball is more refined today. But it still feels backyard. And just like our old backyards, the fences cannot contain us.

    So, I’m sitting in the Life Time fitness facility in Edmond watching 24 simultaneous games of pickleball from a cafe lounge overlooking the courts. And I’m thinking about how my backyard has grown, and yet it is the same.

    • It’s New Years Eve 1968 and I’m watching the Bluebonnet Bowl and the Oklahoma quarterback is #11 Bobby Warmack. The kid from Ada who listened to every Sooner football game on the radio just like I did growing up. Bobby Warmack is playing over there on court 12.
    • On court 3 is David Redding from Harding University who was a legend in tennis and now he is a legend in pickleball. He is playing with his wife Kay and we shake hands and catch up on the old days at Harding where our tenures overlapped a couple of years.
    • And Phillip from Cherry Hill, NJ, just down the road from where my wife grew up in the pine lands of Jersey and where I worked as a CPA 25 years ago. He talks about his family and what he remembers about Cherry Hill. He has showered and changed and is wearing a smart fedora hat. He isn’t much like me at all, but today we are the same and we talk easily about our families and New Jersey.

    The backyard is shinier now, there are more people, but it isn’t that much different from childhood. There is something altogether evocative and gritty about the backyard of my American youth. We could be whomever we wanted to be in our backyard…Willie Mays, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning…and with Levi’s streaked with grass stains and sweat illuminating our faces like sudden glory, we were.

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    The thrill of victory and agony of defeat somersaulting off a ski jump on the Wide Wide World of Sports rang true in our backyard. Tackle football without helmets, bats cracking baseballs that landed in the Johnson’s daffodils, and barn ball which pitted two people in a match of rolling a tennis ball onto a roof and catching it before it hit the ground.

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    The thrill of victory was a whiffle ball homer over the fence into the neighbors yard and the agony of defeat was realizing their bulldog had your ball in his mouth. You are Pele as you bicycle kick a soccer ball between fence posts topped with Pepsi cans and you land square on your coccyx. We were physically and sociologically shaped on freshly cut lawns with clothes line goal posts and a sideline fence making out of bounds calls indisputable. Mom called you to dinner but hunger was no match against the guttural cry of competition. So you ignore the dinner bell because you are on the fifty yard line with the sun going down, drawing a hook and ladder play in the dirt which culminates in a last second touchdown. Your buddies carry you off the field and the celebration echoes through the suburban woods. Who could possibly think of food in moments like those?

    This is why we play pickleball even as our sacrum throbs and this is why we won’t come in for dinner because we are having too much fun. The cries of competition and voices of friendship float in the air like moths swirling around a lit candle. We have returned like spawning salmon to the sacred space of our backyards.

    https://brenttaylorblog.com/2020/01/29/why-do-i-play-pickleball/

  • 09/28/2014 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Drew Schroeder from KSBI TV Channel 52 came out to do a segment called "Drew vs. Pickleball"   Sherry Prince was the spokesperson for GOPB and several members helped with the segment.

    Watch IT 

 

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