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Posted by Positive Aging Community on 12/16/2021

Discover Pickleball!

Learn about one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, especially among older adults who want to stay active and socially engaged. A live and interactive discussion with Jeff Raelson jraelson@pickleballerzusa.com and Lance Martin Lmartin@pickleballerzusa.com, the first indoor Pickleball facility in the DMV region, Pickleballerz

Questions answered in this discussion:

  • Are there any restrictions on overhead slams or other “hard hit” shots that might injure opponent
  • How is the game scored....what is the duration of pickleball game
  • Do you have any facilities in Montgomery County MD?
  • Do you have a recommendation on the best racket to buy for a beginner
  • Are there any special shoes to wear on the court
  • Are there ever referees or is everything on the honor system. How do unresolvable disputes get resolved
  • Have you experienced any conflicts with the tennis players for the use of public courts for pickle ball?  How are those issues addressed and resolved?
  • I have been looking at locations for indoor pickleball to rent and set up courts. Could you be available to offer ideas for opening up a small pickleball facility or offer "mentoring"?
  • Is the net the same height as a tennis court net or is it a little lower?
  • How did the sport get the name?
  • I would appreciate time to tell people about the grant I received from USAPA to start our program and about the help I received from Lynne Coburn, our Baltimore Co. USAPA ambassador.

Chat Transcript

12:05:09     From  Cheryl Calvert : Cheryl Calvert  RN  from Chesapeake Bay Aquatics and Physical Therapy.  Baltimore, Laurel and Bowie.   cell 443-791-4274.  covered by insurance and Medicare.

12:09:09     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : https://www.pickleballerzusa.com/

12:13:53     From  bob hoffman   to   Hosts and panelists : A very handsome and compelling 79 year old role model

12:17:00     From  Marie-France Smith   to   Hosts and panelists : Please give address and phone number of the  center.

12:18:59     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : (703) 657-2100

14424 Albemarle Point Place, Chantilly, VA  20151

12:25:14     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Here are programs in Montgomery County MD https://montgomeryparks.org/projects/directory/pickleball-in-montgomery-parks/

12:27:05     From  Joanne Evans   to   Hosts and panelists : Does DC have any courts?

12:28:06     From  Mary Wontrop : Baltimore County Senior Centers have Pickleball programs.

12:28:08     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : DC pickleball https://www.dcpickleballclub.org/

12:29:07     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : https://www.places2play.org/state/district-of-columbia

12:30:00     From  Cynthia Taylor : USAPA has "Places to Play" that lists places to play pickleball by state.

12:31:20     From  Cynthia Taylor : We will be starting a new pickleball program at the Woodlawn Senior Center in Baltimore County on the first Friday in January for 5 weeks.

12:32:27     From  Patricia Dubroof   to   Hosts and panelists : I’m inspired! I’m ready to give it a try.

12:32:40     From  Patricia Dubroof   to   Hosts and panelists : Love ping pong and tennis so this seems great.

12:36:54     From  Cynthia Taylor : Really beautiful facility. Congratulations! Looking forward to visiting.

12:38:38     From  Cynthia Taylor : Thank you!

12:39:34     From  Aileen Klein : PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE, open a center like this in Mont. Co!!!

12:39:46     From  Dorothy Maddox : Such a great presentation all of my friends rave about this sport. I can't wait to try it!

12:40:40     From  Cynthia Taylor : Lutherville-Timonium has over 300 players but it is all outside and none of the courts is dedicated. They have been trying to get the Baltimore county parks and recs to give dedicated courts

12:45:38     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : USA Pickleball Community Grant Program https://usapickleball.org/get-involved/grant-program-rules/

12:51:26     From  Travis Major : Jeff and Lance, could you share your email addresses in the chat?

12:51:35     From  Cynthia Taylor : Thanks for the presentation. Looking forward to visiting the facility. Will give you a call about setting up a time to bring down a group 4-5 pm Silver Paddles.

12:51:48     From  Christy MacCormack : Thank you so much! This is so wonderful to know about!

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