Recently, Ken Alpren took the initiative to contact WCPR director Gordon Hampton about the over-crowded play at the Franklin Recreation Complex. Gordon was very receptive to working together to identify ways to improve pickleball playing opportunities in Williamson County.
Ken and Rick Leach met with Gordon shortly after and learned about the new outdoor pickleball courts being built at the Indoor Sports Complex and the planned indoor facility expansion there that would include more pickleball courts. Gordon was very familiar with the growth of pickleball and wants to do what he can to increase the playing opportunities. There was talk of building covered tennis/pickleball courts in Franklin – but that is a longer term project. In the meantime, Rick and Ken will be meeting with Kyle Lo Porto and Angie Pitts at the FRC to talk about creative ways to increase play.
Three new leagues will be starting in September at Academy Park outdoor courts. The league for 3.0 level players will be on Mondays, 3.5 players on Wednesdays and 4.0+ players on Fridays. These eight-week leagues will be held on three courts and can accommodate 12 players in each league.
The annual Pickleball Nashville tournament is rapidly approaching. Deadline is August 25th and there are already 177 players registered. The tournament will be held Saturday 8/31/19 through Sunday 9/1/19 at the Williamson County Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood.
Skill and age groupings for men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles For more information and to register click here.
WANTED: USED/UNWANTED PADDLES TO HELP SPREAD PICKLEBALL LOVE TO PE STUDENTS Ron Guffey is looking for 12ish used or unwanted paddles to send to his niece who is a K-12 PE teacher in California. She played pickle ball in college and would like to teach the sport in her PE classes, The problem is she only has tennis equipment to teach them with and that did not work out very well. Ron is also purchasing three portable nets for her to use as well. Please contact Ron at 615-473-7472 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for any donations you may be willing to make. You can also give your used/unwanted paddle to Maria Wood at Franklin Rec Center or Academy and she will get them to Ron.
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Details are still being finalized, but word from WCPR is that they have recently broken ground on four outdoor pickleball courts at the Brentwood Indoor Sports Complex and funding is being approved to build a new gymnasium there that will allow for more indoor pickleball. Stay tuned.