The DWCCPBA held its first annual holiday party on December 16, 2021. It was a great party…over 40 people attend-ed and a good time was had by all. Many thanks for the great food, secret Santa gifts, the many laughs and especially all of the friendships over the past year. Pickleball is truly a gift.

While the weather for the past few weeks has been warm, winter temperatures will eventually arrive. Once the colder weather returns, don’t let it deter your play and practice. For those cold and windy days, the Dare Center provides daily play M-F. Consult their website for specific information and of course the Duck Woods players are active all the time. We welcome new members and look forward to our new courts coming on-line next year. 2022 should be an exciting time for the Racquet Sports program at Duck Woods.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

The DWCCPBA held its 1st Annual Meeting on November 9, 2021. Two new board members were elected. Rick Koch was elected as treasurer and Carol Noonan was elected as secretary. Many thanks to Jim Horn and Jo Hurd for their service on the board. The assembled group had preliminary discussions regarding 2022 tournament and fund raising events, the schedule will be dependent upon the availability of the dedicated pickleball courts.

The PBA has established an annual award, (Henry award), that will be presented to the person who most epitomizes outstanding sportsmanship, comradery and jocularity. The recipient of the 1st annual Henry award was presented to Henry Blaha. Henry has made many contributions to the growth of pickleball at Duck woods, there is also a Duck Woods pickleball shot, (albeit a violation), which has been named after Henry as his transition from tennis to pickleball was a bit problematic at times. Congratulations to Henry.

As the weather turns colder, there is indoor play scheduled M-F at the Dare Rec Center. Please consult the schedule on their website for hours. Many Duck Woods members got their start playing pickleball with the Dare Center folks and continue to join their scheduled play. Playing at the rec center is a great opportunity to continue playing as the weather turns colder as well as meeting new people who love the game of pickleball as well. The indoor game is a different style of play and the experience will help improve everyone’s game.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

The Get Pinked event which was held on Oct 16 was a huge success. Jointly sponsored by the LTA and the PBA, the courts were full of pickleball players playing fun round robin games. This is the second year that the PBA has participated in this wonderful event and look forward to continued action on our new pickleball courts next year.

USA Pickleball Rule Committee recently posted proposed rule addition/changes for 2022. There are 71 being evaluated. Of particular interest are the following: keep the drop serve; first serving team gets 2 serves; maintain serving order throughout the game; no spin serves; reinstate the let serve; rally point scoring; remove COVID/carry serve. The new rule book will be published by December 1. At that time, there will be a 30-day window for public comments. The rules committee has been consistent in their approach, wanting to keep the focus of pickleball on the rally game, not the serve game and most likely will reject the drop serve that has been under provisional review for the past year. USA Pickleball seems intent on keeping the spirit of the game (family friendly) while refining some of the rules to keep the game competitive, especially as the growth in the under 50 crowd gathers momentum. Hope to see everyone on the courts.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

The number of new players joining the scheduled weekly play continues to increase. With the hot and humid weather of summer fading there will continue to be opportunities for casual, competitive and tournament play. The sport of pickleball provides for play at many different levels which is why it’s the largest growing sport in the country.

According to USA Pickleball Magazine, the sport grew 21% during 2020 with the largest percentage increase in the under 55 age group. This growth in younger players bodes well for the sport. The USA Pickleball National Championship is scheduled for December 2021 in Indian Wells. This event draws a huge crowd, over 49 pickleball courts are made ready for this event which grows larger every year. For those unable to attend in person, or anyone who hasn’t watched a professional pickleball event, ESPN is planning to broadcast the key matches.

Closer to home the DWCC Pickleball Club Championship was held on September 18. The men started play early in the morning, special thanks to Henry Blaha who hobbled in from injured reserve to keep the division play going. The ladies had two divisions A and B and competition was tough, with many players participating for the first time. Congrats to the Winners – Dan Dwyer and Chris Rohan; Ladies B Division – Janet Colegrove and Linda Hellman; and Ladies A Division – Cathy Forbes and Lynda Burek. Special thanks to the many fans who came out to cheer everyone on.

SAVE THE DATE
October 16, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
The LTA and PBA are jointly hosting a Get Pinked Racquet Sports members only fund raiser. Please contact the pro shop to register for the event. There will be prizes and raffle tickets along with plenty of tennis and pickleball play. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Fall has arrived. Many people think that this time of the year is the best time at the Outer Banks. The ocean is warm, the beaches quieter and the traffic has calmed down. The island relaxed pace is returning, and soon we will see the V’s of geese silhouetted against the brilliant blue Carolina skies.

The PBA social on July 18 was well attended. Unfortunately we had to retreat indoors due to weather, but a good time was had by all. Look for the announcement of our next social and hope to see many new faces.

With the increase in membership at the club the pickleball courts have been very busy. In response to the increased demand our pro, Kevin, is offering an intermediate clinic on Wednesday mornings. This provides an opportunity for those players who want to advance their skills and learn more about the strategy that is an important part of pickleball play. Whether social, recreational or tournament play, strategy is an important part of the game. Bangers and dinkers can be accommodated equally and having both of those skills in your game is an important part of enabling you to play well.

Please consult Kevin’s weekly schedule of play which has sessions seven days a week and includes evening play on Wednesday’s. If demand continues to increase there can be additional scheduled play times to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to play and work on their game.

Thanks to Scott Bair for spiffing up our pickleball machine. Rental is available from the pro shop and is a great way to work on your net game, return of serves and general play with or without a partner. Give it a try and see what you think.

Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues. Contact any member of the PBA to provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

Pickleball just celebrated its 16th birthday. While it has been around since the mid-70’s it has only recently exploded into the mainstream, with competitive, recreational and social play available all around the world. There are currently 4 million people who play pickleball in the United States, 45,000 USA PBA members, 2,000 ambassadors and over 8,000 known “Places2Play” in the country. The events of 2020 did not slow pickleball growth down, it was up 21% last year. Tournaments are booming and the first indoor National Championship was recently played. Pickleball is played both indoor and outdoor, and both venues offer players a range of play from very competitive to relaxed social games. Come on out and try this game that everyone is playing, and get your game in shape as the Duck Woods PBA eagerly awaits our dedicated pickleball courts.

The heat and humidity of summer has arrived. With scheduled play every day, players should be prepared for the heat and humidity by bringing water, Gatorade or other beverages designed to help with hydration. Water is always available at the courts and our pro’s (Kevin and Whitney) ensure we have plenty of ice cold water on hand.

Would like to remind players that signing up for a clinic is a commitment. If circumstances change, please contact the pro shop and let them know you will not be able to attend so other members who may be on the wait list can be notified.

The club has recently gained quite a few new members. Given the popularity of pickleball and prior to the new courts being built there is time to take advantage of the clinics and open play to get introduced to pickleball. The pro shop can tailor for all levels of player skills and is a great way to meet new people.

If you haven’t tried pickleball yet by all means come out during a scheduled play time. The courts are also available for family play, and there is a pickleball machine you can rent to help practice your shots if you don’t have a partner. Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues to contact any member of the PBA and provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

The Big Dill Tournament held May 15-16, 2021 was a great success. Wonderful weather, lots of pickleball players and many fans supported the two full days of pickleball action. Congratulations to the winners, Cathy Forbes & Lynda Burek, Women’s Division, Glen Riggins & Scott Baer, Men’s Division, and Curt & Pat Baskette, Mixed Division. A good time was had by all.

The board of directors voted to approve the construction of a 4-court pickleball court configuration at the May 19, 2021 meeting. Thanks to the many members, the LTA, and the PBA who attended the meeting and expressed their support for the project.

Thank you to the DWCC BOD for their support in approving this project. As we progress through the contract bid, selection and construction process, the team managing the effort will provide progress reports to keep membership appraised.

The pickleball courts continue to experience growth in player participation. With regular scheduled play seven days a week, and clinics there is a session for everyone and with the warmer weather there has been a steady increase in players both current and new. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet by all means come out during a scheduled play time. The courts are also available for family play, and there is a pickleball machine you can rent to help practice your shots if you don’t have a partner. It won’t take long before you are hitting dinks, and worrying about kitchen’s before you know it. Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues to contact any member of the PBA and provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

Greetings. We are the newest Duck Woods Racquet Sports Association. The PBA became official last year and we have been steadily increasing our membership. We are a fun social group, who enjoy playing the fastest growing sport in the country. We have been gaining traction during the past few months. In addition to members enjoying scheduled play seven days a week, the PBA sponsored an Earth Day talk on fulgurites by one of our members Scott Baier; organized a social gathering mixer around the fire pit that many members attended; and held a weekend fun tournament that included participants in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles categories. Recently several Duck Woods PBA board members were interviewed on the status of pickleball at Duck Woods which was included in an OBX Voice web article.

A full summer season of activities is planned by the PBA, to include the season ending club championship as well as social gatherings and fun play activities on the courts. Pickleball people are a social group, come join us at the courts during scheduled play, clinics, or our social meetings. We’d love to have you join with us in learning and enjoying the game that is fun, and competitive that provides aerobic exercise at a pace players can also talk and socialize if they choose. For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

Yes, Duck Woods officially has a new recreationally based association; the DW Pickleball Association (PBA) open to all pickleball players. We had our first meeting this month and elected the following officers: President Pat Baskette, Vice- President Lynda Burek, Treasurer Jim Horn and Secretary Jo Hurd. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, you’re missing out on one the fastest growing sports in the country. Just in the past two years, players at DW have increased from four to the over 50 players who are now enjoying this sport. Not sure… come out and watch and you’ll see why everyone is having so much fun. Seven days a week (usually between 9 am and noon), either clinics are being conducted by our racquet sports pro, Kevin Cretella, or groups are playing. And even though we are currently using one of the tennis courts for play, the club is in the process of preliminary studies to identify options for building pickleball only courts on the grounds just north of the tennis courts. If you have any questions about the game, or even better, to join the PBA, feel free to ask Kevin or one of the officers.

For those already playing pickleball, remember, Dink’um well.