From Marilyn Erickson, Sooke Pickleball Group: "We no longer have 2 old tennis courts with p'ball lines on! Here is a photo of our conversion last September to 3 newly resurfaced (dedicated) courts and one resurfaced combo court, giving us 4 community courts for FREE drop in play. Sooke Pickleball on Facebook and MeetUp, 182 members strong!"
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From the Los Angeles Times: "The sport of pickleball has been around for nearly 60 years but grew in popularity during the pandemic. Although it’s played on an adapted tennis court, some neighbors will say it’s not as quiet as its 'sister' sport, tennis.
L.A. Times investigative reporter Connor Sheets joined us to explain how the noise generated from this pastime is serving up some irritability in communities located close to the courts."
Watch the video report here.
Ten years ago padel, disc golf and pickleball might have been mistaken for arcade games but today they are among a group of emerging sports that are gathering popularity.
As the ongoing power struggle in padel has demonstrated, though, the professionalization of these games can result in a tussle for control akin to a sporting civil war. With broadcasters and sponsors increasingly willing to invest in these disciplines, there are a number of stakeholders keen to position themselves as the overarching arbiter, whether they be global governing bodies, independent tours or institutional investors.
A number of these sports also have aspirations of pushing past their modest beginnings and gaining global recognition by featuring at future editions of multi-sport events. In most cases, that goal requires becoming a member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), which in itself can be a lengthy process.
With that in mind, SportsPro takes a look at the current state of play in some of the world’s fastest-growing sports, the organizations seeking to move them forward, and how some disputes could potentially be resolved. Read the report here.
"On a recent sun-drenched Sunday morning in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, a crew of celebrities, Hollywood executives, and glamorous Southern California ladies gathered for a green juice and a sweat at the Riviera Country Club. But it wasn’t golf that brought this group together, and it wasn’t tennis, squash, or even Pilates—it was pickleball." Read the article from Todd Plummer in Town & Country here.
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