News Releases

Release Date: December 4, 2015:

Colorado Springs Home to Best Pickleball Players in the World

By Lorraine Pintus, PPPA Promotion Director

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (December 4, 2015): Three pickleball players brought home 11 medals at the recent VII national tournament held in Casa Grande, Arizona, making Colorado Springs home to some of the best pickleball players in the world. Competition at this year’s tournament was fierce—a record 807 players came from 38 different states and 3 Canadian provinces. The tournament also boasted a record breaking crowd—at one point nearly 21,000 watched the medal rounds on live-streaming which was made available for the first time to USA Pickleball Association members.

Local resident Scott Moore, 53, ran away with 6 medals: 3 golds in Open events, a gold in 50+ mixed doubles, a silver in 50+ doubles, and a bronze in 35+ singles. Moore’s son Daniel, 26, was fast on his father’s heels winning a gold in 19+ singles, a gold in Open doubles, and a silver in Open singles, making them the only father/son team to be acknowledged as the “best in the U.S.” in their respective age divisions. Ken Curry, 61, added to the cache of local medals, bringing home a gold in 60+ singles and a silver in 60+ doubles.

Colorado Springs has been swept up in the pickleball craze, the country’s fastest growing sport which now boasts over 2.5 million players. Four years ago Colorado Springs did not even have a dedicated pickleball venue, but through a cooperative effort between Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, the Friends of Monument Valley Park and the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA), 13 pickleball courts were constructed at Monument Valley Park. Immediately players filled the courts, boosting club membership from 50 to over 500 in four short years.

According to Jeff Norton, Vice President of PPPA, the courts at Monument Valley Park have become one of the most used facilities of any Parks and Recreation resource in the area. A survey, suggested by Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and conducted by PPPA, documented court activity over a period of 30 days in June. Norton said that the results, although likely understated by 10-15%, showed that 2,073 pickleball players logged 4,770 hours of play. “That’s an average of sixty-nine players playing 2.3 hours each day,” Norton noted.

In addition to being home for world class players, Colorado Springs is also becoming known as a hub for tournaments. In September PPPA sponsored the inaugural Great Plains Regional Pickleball tournament which brought in 249 players from 18 States, Canada and Mexico.  Norton said that 95 PPPA members contributed an astounding 3,480 volunteer labor hours to make the event a success.

Enthusiasm for pickleball will not be confined to Colorado Springs—it will go global, if the Moore family has anything to say about it. Self-designated world pickleball ambassadors, the Moores have offered clinics in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, and recently hosted an “adventure pickleball tour” to Japan. They hope to offer similar tours in South Africa and Australia in the near future. “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America,” Moore said, “but as a family we are investing our lives in hopes that it will become the fastest growing sport in the world.”

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Release: September 9, 2015

Colorado Springs Hosts Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament

By Lorraine Pintus, PPPA Promotion Director

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: This weekend nearly 250 pickleball players from eighteen different states and Canada and Mexico will come to Colorado Springs to participate in the inaugural Great Plains Regional pickleball tournament. According to Jeff Norton, vice president of the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA), the tournament is expected to pump about $215,000 into the local economy in terms of overnight stays, restaurants, rental cars, local attractions and the service jobs they support.

“A tournament of this scope and size is only possible because of the great support we’ve had from the City of Colorado Springs and from the many sponsors who donate to the local association throughout the year,” said Steve Boone, who is USA Pickleball Association’s Director for the Great Plains Region along with his wife, Ramona Boone. “We are proud of the efforts of the many volunteers and leaders of PPPA in staging this inaugural Great Plains Tournament on the 50th anniversary of our sport.”

Boone said pickleball has taken Colorado Springs by storm. “Four years ago the city did not even have a dedicated pickleball venue. Today, thanks to countless hours of cooperation between PPPA and the City of Colorado Springs, the community has thirteen dedicated courts. Still, this number is barely sufficient to keep up with the growing demand of the people in this community who have fallen in love with the sport.” Boone said that in four years the number of people using the courts has grown from 50 to over 500. “Pickleball is a sport that is here to stay, and the courts at Monument Valley Park provide a perfect place to play because of the beautiful mountain views and the central location.”

The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge. Play begins at 8am on Thursday and continues through Sunday afternoon. The official opening ceremony will take place at 7:30am on Saturday. Mayor Suthers is scheduled to give opening remarks.

  • Sept. 10-65+and up Men’s and Women’s doubles-play begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sept. 11-65+ and up Mixed Doubles-Men’s and Women’s singles-play for singles and mixed will begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sept. 12-Mixed Doubles 19+ up to 60+-play begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sept. 13-Men’s and Women’s Doubles-19+ up to 60+-play begins at 8:00 a.m.

August 26, 2015

USAFA Relishes Sport of Pickleball

By Lorraine Pintus, Promotion Director for Pikes Peak Pickleball Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Last weekend the Air Force Academy

hosted an inaugural pickleball tournament which was open to military personnel and the public. According to Ron Walker, USAFA Assistant Director for the Community Center of Fitness and Sports, the tournament abounded in competitive games. “Everyone had such a good time that we decided to make this tournament an annual event.”

Gold medals were awarded to Ramona and Steve Boone (mixed doubles), Susan Moore and Sue Jackson (women’s doubles) and Joe Johnson and Joe Belzer (men’s doubles). Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country and USAFA is the first military institution in the nation to be listed on the USA Pickleball Association’s (USAPA) web site as an official place to play.

Pickleball, the social game with a funny sounding name, is played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor). Currently two indoor courts are available at the USAFA Community Center. Walker said plans are underway to add two outdoor courts by “striping” the basketball courts near the Center.

For those who missed last week’s tournament, another opportunity lies on the horizon. The Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament will be held September 10-13 at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs. The tournament is expected to draw more than 250 players from around the U.S., Canada and Mexico and infuse an estimated $215,000 into the local economy, according to Steve and Ramona Boone, Great Plains Regional Directors for USAPA. The age-based and skill-based tournament “levels the playing field” by enabling players to compete against people who are similar in age and skill. Players must be registered members of USAPA (go to USAPA.org to sign up). To register for singles, men’s and women’s doubles, or mixed doubles go to www.pickleballtournaments.com and click on Great Plains Regional Tournament.

The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge.

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Colorado Springs to Host Inaugural Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament

By Lorraine Pintus, Promotion Director for PPPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Registration is now open for the inaugural Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament to be held September 10-13 at Monument Valley Park. The tournament is expected to draw more than 250 players from around the U.S., Canada and Mexico and infuse an estimated $215,000 into the local economy, according to Steve and Ramona Boone, Great Plains Regional Directors for USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).

According to Steve Boone, last year’s decision by Parks and Recreation to create thirteen pickleball courts at Monument Valley Park was one reason Colorado Springs was selected to host the inaugural tournament. Another reason was the availability of experienced tournament directors and the strong volunteer base offered through the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA).

“It takes more than a hundred volunteers and ten months of planning to host a tournament of this magnitude,” Boone said. “The help of local players and the generous support of our sponsors and the City of Colorado Springs makes a tournament like this possible.” Boone noted that the number of local pickleball players has grown from 50 to more than 450 player in just four years. Pickleball, which is played either indoor or outdoor on a badminton-sized court, is the fastest growing sport in the country.

Tournament director Theresa Melius said this year’s tournament is both an age-based and skill-based tournament, which “levels the playing field” and enables players to compete against people who are similar in age and skill. Players must be registered members of USAPA (go to USAPA.org to sign up). To register for singles, men’s and women’s doubles, or mixed doubles go to www.pickleballtournaments.com and click on Great Plains Regional Tournament.

The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge.

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For more information contact:

Theresa Melius, tournament director, at 719.495.2171; theresamelius23@gmail.com

Or Lorraine Pintus, promotion director, at 719.287.8786; lpintus@gmail.com

Press Release: November 10, 2014, by Lorraine Pintus (Promotion Manager, club volunteer)

Local Father/Son Team Wins Gold at USAPA Pickleball Tournament And Promotes the Sport Around the World

(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Daniel Moore won’t be home for Christmas this year. He’ll be in Japan being filmed for a television documentary designed to promote the sport of pickleball to the Japanese.       Daniel, 25, knows a thing or

2014 National Champions

2014 National Champions

two about pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country. Daniel and his father, Scott Moore, won gold medals last month at the national USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) tournament in Buckeye, Arizona. More than 700 players from across the country competed. The Moores were acknowledged as the “best in the U.S.” in their respective age divisions, the only father/son team to receive such an honor.

The Moore family has become self-designated world pickleball ambassadors because they all share such a passion for the sport. Last year they promoted pickleball in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico.     The Moores are active in the Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Pickleball Club (PPPC), a local group of players that has grown in size during the last four years from 50 players to over 350 players. Most days, if the weather is above freezing, you’ll find people playing at the thirteen new courts at Monument Valley Park which were completed in June. If it snows, Scott Moore says that a group just pushes the snow aside and resumes play when the surfaces are dry. “It’s an addictive sport,” Moore said, “and rightfully so because it can easily be played by people of all ages and athletic skill.”

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It requires a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and a flat-surfaced wood, composite, or graphite paddle about twice the size of a ping-pong paddle.

Even though Scott says he’ll miss Daniel this Christmas, he applauds his son’s enthusiasm to promote pickleball in Japan. As for Scott, he won’t be home this Christmas either. He’ll be in Mexico—enjoying the sun and promoting pickleball.

For more information:

Press Release: September 4, 2014 (by Lorraine Pintus, Promotion Director, Club volunteer)

 

Pickleball Players Across the Country Gather for Tournament at Monument Valley Park

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (September 4, 2014): This weekend 190 pickleball players from ten different states and Mexico will converge at Monument Valley Park to participate in the third annual “Pikes Peak or Bust” pickleball tournament. According to Jeff Norton, vice president of the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA), the tournament is expected to contribute about $150,000 to the local economy in terms of overnight stays, restaurants, rental cars, local attractions and the service jobs they support.

This year’s registrations are up nearly 30% over last year’s registrations, according to Theresa Melius, tournament director for PPPA. “We’ve been able to expand the size of the tournament thanks to our wonderful new pickleball courts,” Melius said.

Two weeks ago the outdoor dual use tennis and pickleball courts at Monument Valley Park were resurfaced to create a dedicated pickleball venue with 13 courts. The new venue was created  with the vision that Colorado Springs could become a world-class sponsor of pickleball tournaments. The new courts are the result of three years of discussion and cooperation between local residents, Parks and Recreation and their Advisory Board, the Pikes Peak Community Tennis Association, Friends of Monument Valley Park and the PPPA.

Norton had high praise for Parks and Recreation and their Advisory Board for their vision and dedication to the court conversion project.  “This venue is a tremendous asset to our community and to our economy,” Norton said.   Because of the new venue Colorado Springs has been selected to host the inaugural Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament in 2015, which will include seven states and two Canadian provinces.

The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge.  Play begins at 8am on Thursday and continues through Sunday afternoon (weather permitting).  The official opening ceremony and dedication of the courts will take place at 7:45am on Saturday.

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Press Release: August 26, 2014

gazette213 New Pickleball Courts at Monument Valley Park

 

 

(by Lorraine Pintus, Promotion Director, club volunteer)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (August 26, 2014): “Colorado Springs—let’s play pickleball!” This was the exuberant invitation to the community by Nancy Steffy, president of the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA), to play and learn the game of pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country.

Steffy and about 65 club members gathered at Monument Valley Park to enjoy thirteen new pickleball courts that were completed through the direction and oversight of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation and Cultural services.  The club worked with Parks and Rec Gazette1and their advisory board to create the area’s first dedicated pickleball venue. “These courts enable us to host tournaments and provide free lessons for the public,” Steffy said. “We’ve needed the courts because most days people were standing in line waiting for court time.”

Steffy said that PPPA, which began in 2011 with about 50 players, now has over 270 players.  Increased interest in the sport locally parallels the national pickleball craze. There are over 150,000 pickleball players in North America, with an average of 43.5 newplaces to play pickleball debuting across the country each month, according to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).

Free lessons are being offered to the public on Saturdays at 2 PM at the new courts. Players of any age and skill level are welcome.  Equipment is provided.

The club is preparing for this year’s “Pikes Peak or Bust” pickleball tournament September 4 – 7 at Monument Valley Park. To register for men’s and women’s doubles, or for mixed doubles, go www.pickleballtournaments.com  and click on “Colorado” and “Pikes Peak or Bust” Pickleball tournament.  Registration closes August 27th. The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge.

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It requires a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and a flat-surfaced wood, composite, or graphite paddle about twice the size of a ping-pong paddle.

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For general information contact Lorraine Pintus, club promotion director: lpintus@gmail.com

Press Release: June 26, 2014:

Colorado Springs to Host Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament

(by Lorraine Pintus, Promotion Director, club volunteer)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 25, 2014): Colorado Springs has been selected as the official site for the inaugural Great Plains Regional Tournament in 2015, according to Steve and Ramona Boone, Regional Directors for the Great Plains USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). Boone said that a key factor in selecting Colorado Springs as the host city was a recent decision by Parks and Recreation to convert the dual use tennis and pickleball courts at Monument Valley Park to 13 dedicated pickleball courts. Another factor, Boone said, was the ability demonstrated by the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association(PPPA) to successfully run large USAPA sanctioned tournaments.  Monument Valley Park will still retain two dedicated tennis courts.

Nancy Steffy, president of the PPPA, applauded Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and their Director Karen Palusfor their tremendous support of pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country, and for their vision to see Colorado Springs become a world-class pickleball venue. The tournament is expected to bring pickleball competitors from across the United States and Canada.

According to Steffy, registration for the past two tournaments (in 2012 and 2013) had to be limited because there weren’t enough courts to accommodate all the people who wanted to play. In spite of the court-limited registration, last year’s “Pikes Peak or Bust” tournament drew 145 players from 13 states and Mexico—including Alaska, California, New York and Florida.

Jeff Norton, Vice President of PPPA, spearheaded the club’s three year effort that resulted in Park and Recreation’s decision to expand the number of pickleball courts from 6 to 13. “Last year’s tournament generated an estimated $99,000 in economic benefit to Colorado Springs. The addition of these new courts and the selection of Colorado Springs as host for the Great Plains regional tournament could generate upwards of $230,000 from hotels, car rentals, restaurants, local attractions, and the service industry jobs that they support,” Norton said.

Registration is now open for this year’s “Pikes Peak or Bust” tournament scheduled for September 4 – 7 at Monument Valley Park. To register for men’s and women’s doubles, or for mixed doubles, go www.pickleballtournaments.com  and click on “Colorado” and “Pikes Peak or Bust” Pickleball tournament.

The public is invited to watch the tournament free of charge. Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It requires a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and a flat-surfaced wood, composite, or graphite paddle about twice the size of a ping-pong paddle.

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2 comments on “News Releases
  1. Harry says:

    are these going to be public courts? Ther is a lock on them now so the public can’t use them as they did the tennis courts. Are they Public??

    • Lorraine Pintus says:

      Yes, these courts will be open to the public after our tournament ends on Sept. 7th. Temporarily the courts are locked when not in use by PPPC club members to protect against vandalism prior to our tournament.

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