Mountain Region Newsletter released.
Posted May 22, 2022
Share the Courts
I'm J. Scott Whitehead and serve as the USA Pickleball Association District Ambassador for Southern Nevada and the Ambassador Coordinator for the Mountain Region. I frequently play at, Sunset Park and Durango Hills. Once a month I visit most of the public pickleball courts to make sure there are no maintenance issues and they appear clean and safe.
You have a fantastic group of Ambassadors that help grow the sport of pickleball. Throughout the year we provide clinics for the youth and new players and support sanctioned tournaments. I want to thank SNPC for all they do for the pickleball community as well! As a result of their hard work, the number of players has increased tremendously, however, the number of venues to play, has not matched the growth. We appreciate the City of Las Vegas and Clark County for their support of our sport and their efforts to add new locations in the Southern Nevada area. Both are planning to build a number of new venues and also add additional courts at some of your current venues. I’m hopeful that when the projects are completed, the overcrowding issue will be resolved.
With the summer fast approaching and the school year over, overcrowding will continue to be a major issue we face. I do get complaints about various locations where players are not sharing the courts when other players are waiting to play. I believe most of those players are not members of the SNPC or USA Pickleball Association and are unaware of expected court protocol. If you notice a new player or a group of players not sharing the court, please politely explain the guidelines and how the courts are public, not private. As public courts, it means everyone needs to share the courts with other players. I’m a firm believer that it’s how you deliver the message, not the message you deliver.
I want to make clear to the pickleball community, your Ambassadors wear many hats and are doing a great job, but we are NOT the court police. We cannot tell you what to do as players, we can only offer suggestions.
If you happen to see an Ambassador at any venue, please thank them. They are volunteers because they love the sport and the people who play the sport.
J Scott Whitehead
District Ambassador Southern Nevada Ambassador Coordinator Mountain Region
Posted May 17, 2022
League Opportunity at Sunset Park
From Tony Spurlin
We have several new leagues that we're starting in June. Some are already sold out and the rest are filling fast. We opened to The Club members first and now I'm hoping you can circulate this information to other players in Las Vegas that may want to join as well. All leagues start the week of June 6th and go for 6 weeks for $60.
Monday Mornings 8a-10a - Intermediate Co-ed Individual
Monday Night 6:30p-8:30p - Beginner Co-ed Individual
Tuesday Night 6:30p-8:30p - Intermediate Mixed Teams
Wednesday Night 6:30-8:30p - Beginner Co-ed Individual
Thursday Night 6:30p-8:30p - Intermediate Women's Individual
Friday Night 6:30p-8:30p - Intermediate Co-ed Individual
Saturday Morning 8a-10a - Intermediate Co-ed Individual
All leagues play at Sunset Park Championship Courts 1-4. Interested players can sign up at https://sportscarnival.com/.../excel-pickleball-activities .
If anyone wants to add a league that's not listed here, please let me know. We can add any time slot on any day not already listed above. Any questions, I can be reached by phone or email. Thank you! -- Tony Spurlin Excel Pickleball, LLC excelpickleball.com Cell - (702) 493-1601
Posted May 17, 2022
Southern Nevada Pickleball chooses a mascot.
Results of a competition held during national pickleball month are in. The SNP Executive Committee has
chosen the Desert Bighorn (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) as the association’s mascot. The decision was
tough based on all of the entries. We extend a hearty thankyou to everyone that submitted artwork for the competition.
The Desert Bighorn is Nevada’s state mammal and is native to our community. They are hearty creatures, determined, navigate with speed and agility, and apply keen eyesight. Desert Bighorns are social, band together in herds and have adapted to the desert’s heat and cold.
The winning concept will be reproduced in various forms and graphics for use by SNP and our members. “Bighorns” can now be found on local courts with a paddle, ball, and perseverance.
This was truly a family effort. Artwork accompanied with a narrative was submitted by Andrew Tam; a pickleball player who frequents the Durango, Police Memorial, Lone Mountain, and Sunset courts. Andrew will share with his family a $250 prize and a gear bag for their efforts.
Posted May 13, 2022
Contest concept drawing
Senior Tournament May 11th
Desert Breeze brings home the revolving trophy today in the senior's tournament at Sunset Park between the Cora Coleman Senior Center and the Desert Breeze Community Center. We appreciate the efforts of Park and Recreation staff members for doing a great job in running a fun event. A special thanks to Commissioner Justin Jones for his support. The format was perfect. The trophy will remain on display at Desert Breeze Community Center until the next tournament between the Centers.
Posted May 11th, 2022
2nd Annual Commissioner's Cup Presented by Clark County Parks & Rec and Commissioner Jim Gibson
Held April 30 and May 1, 2022. 189 players decend on Sunset Regional Park, Pickleball Complex.
May 1, 2022
SNP Mascot Contest Announced
Get your creative juices going. Win a prize. We are challenging you to help us develop a mascot that represents and promotes our mission. Provide us artwork to communicate your idea.
Posted March 25, 2022
Wounded Warrior Clinic
SNP volunteers help Steve Cole bring skills to 40 players, veterans and their family at the Plaza hotel.
April 2, 2022
USA Pickleball Mountain Regional Championship
Sunset Park Pickleball Complex in fabulous Las Vegas, March 28 thru April 3, 2022; 768 players
Shamrock Open 2022, Lake Las Vegas Sports Club
Our latest and best photos
We love to take pictures and show them to the world.
SNP recognized in the recent issue of InPickleball magazine.
Posted March 14, 2022
SNP partners with CCSD
Students at Saville Middle School just completed a 6-week pickleball course! Thanks to nets donated by SNP and support from CCSD, pickleball is happening in our schools!
Posted March 10, 2022
Spring city leagues announced.
The City of Las Vegas has announced the spring pickleball league schedules for Bill Briare Park, Police Memorial Park and Durango Hills Park.
Posted March 7, 2022
Yesterday approximately 45 players gathered at Regency for a rules clinic conducted by Randi Levenbaum, USA Mountain Region Referee Training Coordinator. This clinic is designed for players of all levels to increase their understanding of the game and answer questions that come up during recreational play or during tournaments.
At this gathering, Randi was presented with a “golden paddle” from SNP thanking her for all she has done and continues to do for the he pickleball community. Also recognized was Sheri Newberry of Regency for all she does for players in her community as well as outside of Regency.
For an event like this to take place it takes coordination of different people and entities which is the advantage of having SNP in Southern Nevada. Special thanks to Marty Tokumoto, Doug Willrett, the Regency Board, Laurie Sabol (popcorn girl) and Karrie Kelley ( artistic player) for making this event a success .
Posted February 27, 2022
Black Mountian Addition
Twelve additional pickleball courts are being added to the Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Nevada. Construction is projected to begin at the end of the year.
Posted February 14, 2022
New ambassador announced.
Scott Whitehead, District Ambassador for USA Pickleball announced an addition to the southern Nevada area ambassador team. Mike Hair, a Henderson area resident, is our community's newest USA Pickleball Ambassador. Mike is pictured here to your right, standing next to Riley Newman. we appreciate Mike's contributions to the sport.
Posted February 7, 2022
John Sloan and Jim Gibson recognized.
The pickleball community turned out on February 1, 2022, at the Clark County Commission meeting to show their support for John Sloan, past President of the Southern Nevada Pickleball Club and James B. Gibson, Commission Chairman.
John received a proclamation from the county honoring his volunteer work in promoting the growth of pickleball.
John is a founding member of the Southern Nevada Pickleball Club.
After a long career in law and banking, John planned on playing a lot of golf when settling in Las Vegas upon retirement in 2005. Instead, he gravitated to tennis, and that’s how in a roundabout way he learned about pickleball in 2008. A year later he got the “burn” and was motivated to learn as much as he could about the sport and where it could be played in Las Vegas.
He learned that the sport was played principally by seniors who were having tons of fun at a couple of local recreation centers. John saw this as a problem because younger working people and school age girls and boys in Las Vegas had limited options to play this great sport. The solution to the problem was outdoor public courts, and he set his sights on trying to make that happen in the City of Las Vegas and throughout Clark County.
A lot has changed in the last several years, and the advent of outdoor public courts has been a stimulus for the tremendous growth of the sport and participation by all age groups. What intrigued John the most about pickleball was seeing the impact on both new and veteran players. The vibes were positive and heart-warming. Players enjoyed being with one another. There seemed to be a unique culture in need of being preserved. There was a need for a coordinated effort to form an organization to maintain and strengthen the essence of how pickleball has brought so many different people together.
John is pictured here with his wife Pat holding his proclamation.
Patti Chess, current President of Southern Nevada presented Jim Gibson with a golden pickleball paddle recognizing the Commissioner’s efforts in bringing pickleball forward and driving the quest for 24 dedicated courts at Sunset Park.
On behalf of the pickleball community, we thank you gentlemen for all your efforts.
Posted February 1, 2022
Patti Chess honored.
Scott Whitehead, District Ambassador for USA Pickleball presented Patti Chess the USA Pickleball Pioneer Award this morning. This is a unique national recognition for an individual that is truly an ambassador's ambassador. Patti, the community appreciates all that you do for the sport.
Posted January 29, 2022
Additional league announced.
Sunset Park pickleball league registration begins. Click on the image for more detail.
Posted January 28, 2022
Eight Courts planned for the East Side.
Groundbreaking for Hollywood Regional Park. Facebook press release linked here for your review.
Posted January 20, 2022
SNP designated as an official club of USA Pickleball
On January 18, 2022, our organization became affiliated with USA Pickleball, Club ID: OCM14479
Posted January 19, 2022
Pickleball at the next County Commission
John Sloan to be recognized at the County Commissioners meeting February 1, 2022. Show you support and attend the meeting.
Posted January 18, 2022
From the Historian
CITY OF LAS VEGAS PARK AND RECREATION CITYWIDE SPORTS YOUTH PICKLEBALL LEAGUES
REGISTRATION: JANUARY 3RD – JANUARY 28TH
LEAGUE BEGINS: SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND
LEAGUE GAMES ARE PLAYED ON SATURDAYS
PRACTICES ARE DURING THE WEEK
LEAGUE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT BILL BRIARE PARK
LEAGUE FEE: $85.00 (INCLUDES LEAGUE SHIRT AND INSTRUCTION)
7– WEEK LEAGUE PLUS END OF SEASON TOURNAMENT
LEAGUE DIVISIONS: 8 & UNDER, 10 & UNDER, 12 & UNDER, 14 & UNDER and 16 & UNDER
JANUARY Youth Pickleball Registration will take place from 1/3 – 1/28. You can register at https://registration.lasvegasnevada.gov/NV/las-vegas-nv/catalog. We will also have our Youth & Family Glow Pickleball/E-Sports/Laser Tag Celebration. Come enjoy playing Glow Pickleball, E-Sports and Laser Tag at Dula Community Center, 451 Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, 89101 on January 15th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. This will be a great way to try out some of our new youth programs and sign up for leagues.
FEBRUARY During the month of February we will doing our Citywide Sports Youth Pickleball Academy. The entire month February we will be instructing the Pickleball players who sign up for the league to get them ready for league play. We will also be doing free clinics for potential coaches and parents who want to learn more about this great sport. All instruction is included and highly recommend for players, parents and coaches.
MARCH Teams will be formed and coaches assigned to their teams. Practices for teams will also be given out. Top instructors and league staff will be available during this time to assist coaches. Full league schedules will be available for parents in early March.
APRIL Youth Pickleball League will start on Saturday, April 2nd and will run for 8 weeks. All games will be on Saturdays, with practices being during the week.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JASON DYER (702) 229-4616
Annual Membership Meeting & Player Party
Sunday December 12th.
Members are invited to the Annual Southern Nevada Pickleball Member Player Party and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration!
Don't be "Naughty, just be nice", ho,Ho,HO. - Join the Fun: open play, live music, food and challenges.
1pm to 4pm at Sunset Park.
Watch for an email sent to members and RSVP in the embedded link.
New Courts in the Northwest