St. Louis Pickleball Camp for Kids
In early June, Mike Chapin lead a great pickleball camp for kids at Tilles Park Pickleball Courts in South St. Louis City. This is the 4th year for the free pickleball camps which is promoted through the St. Louis Parks & Recreation Department and Playtime Recreation. A BIG Thanks goes to all the great support and help from our volunteers that helped throughout the camp including John Hertlein, Gary Stocker, Sloan Coleman, Nancy Zvolanek, Jane Relich, Barb Klein-Dressler, Chuck Watson and our terrific photographer Dave Tedoni. We had 18 great campers this year all between the ages of 10-16. Check out some of the photos below in the gallery. There is also a link to all the pictures from the week... We are already looking forward to next year's camp!
Innsbrook (MO) Resort opens 8 new permanent PB courts
On May 24th, Innsbrook Resort held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their 8 brand new post-tension concrete dedicated pickleball courts next to their recreation center and pool. Innsbrook has been hosting the Gherkinball Tournament each October for the past 3 years and was known as the first area tournament to have a completely round-robin format for all skill levels. They also donated all the proceeds from their tournament to charitable organizations like the Warren County Animal Shelter development. Charlie Boyce, Innsbrook's President helped cut the ribbon along with Innsbrook's pickleball "leader" Tracy Sator who started the ceremony off with giving an evolution of pickleball at Innsbroook. Nancy Pound, Mike Chapin, John Giarantte, plus many other Innsbrook residents contributed to the growth of pickleball at Innsbrook. "Innsbrook is all about creating community for family and friends," said USAPA St. Louis Ambassador Mike Chapin. "Pickleball and Innsbrook go hand-in-hand in that same regard with these courts providing that platform to develop many wonderful times for folks using them". The courts are available for use each day for Innsbrook residents and guests. The Gherkinball Tournament happens each year on the first weekend in October. You can register to participate on Pickleballtournaments.com. See the Tournaments tab for more information.
Pickleball Lessons by Mike Chapin
Dear St. Louis Pickleball Friends,
I am excited to offer my services to help improve your pickleball play! Whether you are just starting out and want to learn proper skills/techniques to get you playing and enjoying the game quickly, or you are an intermediate player and want to take your game to the next skill level, or you are an advanced player that wants to fine tune your skills and develop strategies and shot development that will help you succeed in tournaments. I am happy to help with it all!
As a student of the game, advanced tournament player, and someone who is passionate about helping others, I have been teaching and instructing pickleball for over 2 years now. Earlier this year I became certified as a professional pickleball instructor by the International Professional Teaching Pickleball Association (IPTPA). I am fully accredited and insured. I have worked with 400+ players including several large group clinics and demonstrations therefore I believe my skills and experience in teaching will help start you playing better pickleball right away!
My outdoor rates are $60/hr private/individual lesson. $30/hr semi-private (2 people), and $20/hr group (3+ people). I will be conducting the lessons outdoors at Tilles Park in South St. Louis City. Please note there are two Tilles Parks in St. Louis... this one is the city park that is located off of Hampton Ave. 2-3 miles south of I-64/40 or I-44. My indoor rates are $5-10/hr more to cover court rental fees. I host them mostly at Sunset Tennis Center (10911 Gravois Industrial Court). Directions are located on my StLouisPickleball.com website under "Places to Play" tab and scrolling down to see the top locations. Since they are outdoors, we do have to watch the weather, plus consider there are lots of regular play on the courts in the evening hours.
Feel free to contact me with any questions/comments. Otherwise, feel free to sign up for some time slot(s) and I will look forward to seeing you soon. Once you sign-up I will confirm with you on the date/time and look forward to seeing you on the court.
Click on Link HERE to go to sign-up page:
Please note times/dates could change. I reserve the right to add or delete times as needed with proper communications to customers. I will be adding more times in the future.
Thank you and I am looking forward to working with you. Contact me with any questions.
IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional
Pickleball Teaching Pro @ Tower Grove Tennis & Pickleball, VettaSports, & Sunset Tennis
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St. Louis Pickleball on display at new PicklePlex in Punta Gorda, Flordia
Pete and Gloria Reilly along with Melissa & Joel Schaffer are former St. Louisians who relocated to the sun and fun of the Florida sun in Punta Gorda which is about an hour north of Naples, FL. If you knew the Reilly's or Schaffers while they were here, you knew two things... First, they love to play pickleball! Second, they are natural project managers, organizers, and hard workers! They were very involved with local play here and organizing our St. Louis Round Robin events like we celebrated during the 50th anniversary of pickleball. In the 3 short years since they have moved to PG, they have forged ahead with building one of the most impressive pickleball facilities in the country. PicklePlex will be a 32+ court facility with all the amenities and resources for incredible play, tournaments, and other functions. In other words, it will be a pickleball vacationer paradise. They now have 16 courts open for play and are working on the remainder of the complex to be completed in the near future. Recently Pete & Gloria was honored for their work, by being able to display our St. Louis Pickleball Club logo with their names on the sign showing off their "hometown" to the many PG residents and visitors. We certainly are excited about PicklePlex and what to thank the Reillys and Schaffers for all they are doing there and representing St. Louis Pickleball so well!
USAPA sanctioned Wolfe Sports Invitational Tournament in St. Louis
Congratulations to all the players and volunteers that helped make the 2019 Wolfe Sports Invitational Tournament such a success. Not only was it our largest St. Louis based tournament to date, but it was our first Tier 2 USAPA sanctioned tournament. This sanctioning will help our area with the goal of attracting larger tournaments in St. Louis like the USAPA Central States Regional Tournament scheduled at Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center in summer 2020! Here are many pictures taken from Dave Tedoni during the 2 days of intense competition. Thanks Dave and congrats to all again!
St. Louis Rockin Round Robin at Tower Grove Park
The Second Annual Pickleball Rockin Round Robin was held at Dwight Davis this summer. Sloan Coleman, John Callahan and slew of St. Louis Pickleball volunteers hosted a terrific event for 120+ players. It was a rockin great time for everyone that participated. A special THANKS goes to Dave Tedoni who did a great job capturing many of the images and videos of the special evening. Great job everyone and St. Louis Pickleballers for coming out and supporting this great charity event!
St. Louis Pickleball on the Radio and in the Media!
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On Friday, July 20th Debbie Monterray, a Tower Grove resident and KMOX Anchor/Reporter did two stories on St. Louis Pickleball and the beautiful courts at Tower Grove Park Tennis & Pickleball Center. Click on both of the Audio buttons to listen to these two minute audio clips and hear great stories from many of the St. Louis Pickleball players.
Also, read the recent STLMag.com cool article published on Places to Play Pickleball in St. Louis! Great to see people are starting to take notice of all the growth and fun of this sport in the St. Louis area!
St. Louis Pickleball to offer great new St. Louis Pickleball Performance Wear
St.Louis Pickleball Google Group
Our Google Group is "St.Louis Pickleball" and can be found here:
To request an invitation to join St.Louis Pickleball Group on Google send an email here:
Please note that we have over 800 email users in our group and we welcome many more St. Louis Area Pickleballers to join. To do so, please have them send their name and email address to one of the administrators (listed below).
With this system we can do the following:
* set up files with links for videos of matches or playing tips
* send out surveys about upcoming events
* store and display documents such as the information from training clinics
* ask if anyone will be playing at a given location and/or time
* receive updates for places to play and tournament information quickly
You will have control over how you would like to receive the emails. If you only want 1 per day, the system will send one in the evening listing all of the messages connected to the system that day. You then open only the ones you are interested in reading. You can also receive all as they are sent out. You make your choice within the filters of the system. Please read the information and make your selections! When you respond to an email, you may choose to respond only to the sender or the entire group. Please remember that this is only for pickleball related information. It is not to be used to share the latest cute cat video or political news!
If you have any questions, please email administrators Julie Goldberg, or Mike Chapin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pickleball Magazine is the official publication for USA Pickleball Association and is the world’s only publication for the sport of pickleball. Each issue of Pickleball Magazine offers readers the opportunity to learn more about the sport and the people involved with it. Beginning January 2016, all USAPA members who join the association will receive FREE electronic editions of Pickleball Magazinedelivered to their email inboxes! Members will be able to read these on any computer, phone or tablet. Current USAPA members can also receive a mailed subscription of Pickleball Magazine (6 issues) for just $12 per year — that’s 40% off the non-member rate!
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St. Louis Pickleball Logo
Established April 2015
St. Louis Pickleball is proud to reveal a new logo incorporating the Gateway Arch into a pickleball net with the paddle and ball flying over the top of the arch. We recently were able to print mens and ladies performance t-shirts with our new logo that we now selling for $20 each. Car Stickers are now available for $3/each. We look forward to printing the logo on other various clothing and accessories so that you can be proud that you are a St. Louis Pickleball player. Then we can also show that St. Louis Pickleball is "on the map" and our St. Louis pride when we travel to surrounding area tournaments.