First YMCA Kids Camp in Boise

Written by Kathy Getto

I recently visited with and watched a group of up-and-coming pickleball players who are ready to take the game to the next level…

And believe me, these kids have got GAME!

Campers played King and Queen of the Court and showed off their winning crowns!

Campers played King and Queen of the Court and showed off their winning crowns!

Earlier this week a Pickleball Camp for Kids was offered by Homecourt YMCA, and eight eager participants attended the four day camp. The camp was taught by Nick and Tami Leach who are well known throughout southwestern Idaho for their dedication to pickleball and their ability to train players at all levels.

The camp offered instruction on how to play, how to keep score, and how to incorporate strategies of the game.

It was amazing how well the kids learned the ins and outs of pickleball in four short days.

They kept score better than some long time playing adults….🙂

All the campers showed their good sportsmanship with a congratulatory paddle bump at the end of their games.

All the campers showed their good sportsmanship with a congratulatory paddle bump at the end of their games.

The children, whose ages ran from six to 11, were all very enthusiastic about the game.

Ten year old Ethan Fung is going to teach his mom how to play; he’s been talking to her every night about pickleball and can’t wait to teach her.

Even during breaks, the kids couldn't get enough and were practicing their wall work.

Even during breaks, the kids couldn’t get enough and were practicing their wall work.

Other campers included siblings Aiden, Skyler and Liam Siemons; Madero Tassi; and siblings Lucas and Hazel Roberts.

All of the children at the camp on the final day have played ping pong, so they already had much of the hand-eye coordination down.

The players learned controlled placement during targeted drills.

The players learned controlled placement during targeted drills.

But, frankly, I was surprised at how well they played when I watched five of them play on their last day at camp. They were sustaining rallies that lasted almost 20 hits! Incredible!

Brad Foreman, a YMCA employee who worked with Nick and Tami to put on the camp, had never played pickleball before. He has played tennis for many years, even playing competitively in college. He’d first heard about it years ago from his grandparents who winter in Arizona, but he’d never given the game a try until this week.

Players awaiting their turn during skills and drills.

Players awaiting their turn during skills and drills.

Now, he’s hooked! And hooked hard… As I talked with him a few minutes during a break at the camp his most often used word: “Addicted!” He loves the strategies of the game and can’t get over how fast paced the game can be even as he’s beginning to understand the strength that comes with controlled dinking.

When I asked all the campers and Brad if they would be playing again after the camp ended, the answer was a resounding, “YES!!!!”

So watch out Treasure Valley pickleball players; there’s a bunch of new kids on the court!

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“There’s some new courts in town, Partners”

Thanks to the efforts of Wayne Larsen and Kevin Johnson, as well as the Meridian’s Parks and Recreation Department’s forward thinking and allowing us, the Pickleball community, to tape two more courts at Settlers Park.  With the help of at least 30 loyal pickleballers the taping was completed in record time and players were on the courts by 10am playing the game we all love.  Due Wayne and Kevin we now have 5 outdoor courts in one location and with them opening the door they may be able to get more in the future.  So if you see Wayne or Kevin give’m a high-five.  Now let’s go play Pickleball.

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Senior Outing at Horsethief Reservoir YMCA Camp

Did you go to camp when you were a kid? Did your kids go to camp when they were growing up? Or have you ever wondered how much fun it would be to experience going-to-camp yourself? Hey!!! This is your opportunity to participate in the Senior Outing to YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir!.

For more information contact Carol Purcell by email at , by phone at 208-871-6809 or check out the flyer and registration form by clicking on the “Local Activities” tab above.

I hope our local seniors will take advantage of this opportunity and did I mention that they will Pickleball Courts, yes you read it right they are going to have courts available for you pickleball lovers.

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First Ever US Open Pickleball Tournament







Come and Watch or Participate in the First Ever US Open Pickleball Tournament 

April 26 – May 1st, 2016
3500 Thomasson Dr.
Naples, FL


Contact or for more information

CBS Sports Network will be televising games so contact your local provider for more information on how to access you local channels.


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Oregon Senior Games

Bend, Oregon is holding the third annual Oregon Senior Games June 19-21, 2016.  If you’re looking for good old-fashioned fun and awesome Pickleball go to the link below and register for the Pickleball portion of the games (or any of the sixteen sports offered).  You can also contact Amy Joyce at (702) 236-2606 for more information.


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Tournament in Ogden, UT

Come and enjoy great Pickleball at the Ogden Pickleball Association’s Annual Tournament.  This will be a skill level tournament with divisions in Men’s and Women’s Doubles as well as Mixed Doubles.  Tournament to be held June 24th and 25th at the Monroe Park in Ogden, UT.  Contact Cheryl Jameson at (801) 540-4595 or go to, click on Tournaments, then Future Tournament and scroll down to June 24, Ogden Pickleball Association Annual Tournament.  Registration deadline is June 17th.

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Local YMCA in a “Pickle”

Pickleball that is. The Treasure Valley Home Court YMCA in Meridian, ID held the first ever “skill level” Pickleball tournament April 1st through the 3rd.  There were over 80 participants with skill levels from 2.5 to 4.5 and divisions included Men’s Singles, Men and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.  Participants ages ranged for 10 years old, yes I mean 10, to 70+.  There were over a 100 matches and same really awesome pickleball games. We want to thanks Scott Swanson, the YMCA Homecourt Branch Director, who was also the Tournament, and all the volunteers, without these people working tirelessly tournaments like this could not be held.  Also we want to thank the YMCA organization for vision of what Pickleball can be in our area.  We’re looking forward to next year.  Here are the tournament results:

Men’s Singles 3.5 —

Men’s Singles 4.5 —

Women’s Doubles 2.5 —

Women’s Doubles 3.5 —

Women’s Doubles 4.0 —

Men’s Doubles 3.0 —

Men’s Doubles 3.5 —

Men’s Doubles 4.5 —

Mixed Doubles 2.5 —

Mixed Doubles 3.0 —

Mixed Doubles 3.5 —

Mixed Doubles 4.5 —

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