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Woodbridge Pickleball Club Volunteers at Mary Williams Elementary School Wellness Fair

Woodbridge Pickleball Club Volunteers at Mary Williams Elementary School Wellness Fair

The Woodbridge Pickleball Club had over a dozen volunteers assist with Dumfries’ Mary Williams Elementary School’s Wellness Fair! Volunteers set up the courts and introduced pickleball to kids and adults alike. It was a huge event with a very large turnout!

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Clinics and Lessons

Want to be a pickleball referee? Check out this referee clinic on October 7th

Want to be a pickleball referee? Check out this referee clinic on October 7th

Refereeing goes a long way in helping players understand the game of pickleball at the kind of level one might not otherwise. It will definitely improve your play.
 
Students are asked to do some prep work before coming to a referee clinic. To do this go to usapickleball.org website, become a member if you are not already one, open the get involved pull down window, select officiating, watch the quick start video, read the official rulebook, the rulebook change document and the officiating handbook.
 
The reading is pretty easy and most of you know the rules. You can download both handbooks. You just need to familiarize yourself, Ed Johnson is awesome at explaning the process, how to keep score and check for foot faults.
 
You are welcome to come practice at Veterans Park during open play. At Veterans we are dedicated to helping players learn. We have score sheets, clip boards, pencils and we are happy to assist. 
 
Please contact 
Barbara Tyrrell [email protected]
703-508-8818
 
USAP Leader of Officiating Eastern Section, Gail Scavongelli and Ed Johnson referee trainer are volunteering their time to teach these clinics.
 
For the theory, Ed will go over the officiating handbook and answer your questions. Following with on court referee practice with people playing real matches with Gail and Ed as mentors.
 
Referee clinic date:
Oct 7th 1-5pm click on link to take you to Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094fa4ab2ea4f94-usap1
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Community Events

Woodbridge Pickleball Club at Stonebridge’s Fall Festival

Woodbridge Pickleball Club at Stonebridge’s Fall Festival

WPC Vice President Tom Konicki and Board Member Mike Kline with Woodbridge District Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin

The Woodbridge Pickleball Club was well-represented at Stonebridge’s Fall Festival! From 11am-4:30pm, at least two dozen club members staffed the booth, played demo games, ran mini-intro-to-pickleball lessons, and built excitement around pickleball in Prince William County.

Directly behind the booth, the club set up a temporary court allowing festival-goers to grab a paddle and try dinking or even a full game! It’s amazing how some folks who have never played pickleball can so quickly pick up on the game and play some intense rallies. They’re absolutely hooked so look forward to seeing them on the courts soon!

Thank you to our many volunteers who spent their Saturday promoting the sport of pickleball!

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Competitive Events

Virginia Sportsfest

Virginia Sportsfest

The support received from our Prince William County Supervisors, Director of Parks, and all the incredible PWC staff has been nothing short of amazing in helping our pickleball community continue to grow. They were responsible in 2020 for building the first eight dedicated public pickleball courts north of Fredericksburg, VA at the A.J Ferlazzo Building. In 2021, four dedicated courts were delivered at Veterans Memorial Park and in 2022, six dedicated courts opened at George Hellwig Memorial Park in Manassas. We are so very grateful for all PWC has achieved and are excited to see what the future holds for additional pickleball growth throughout the County.
 
PWC is hosting their first Virginia Sportsfest in October. The purpose of the event is to show off different sports being offered in the County and to help grow tourism in PWC. A USAP sanctioned pickleball tournament run by Legends Sports League is on the list.
 
Let’s do our part to help make this a success!
 
Multiple levels of play are being showcased in the tournament, but it is very exciting to see a 1.0-2.0 beginner bracket being offered to encourage new players to join in on the fun and get their feet wet.
 
Below are some highlights of the tournament:
  • 1 of 12 sports planned in this Olympic-style event.
  • A sanctioned event (including skinny singles divisions).
  • OPEN ($$) divisions with up to $4K+ total purse
  • BEGINNER divisions for those with little or no pickleball experience (up to a max rating of 2.0) – These events are at NO ADDITIONAL COST.
Because this is a sanctioned tournament, you need to become a USAP member to participate. The USAP is the governing body of the sport of pickleball. They supply the official rules, sanctioned tournaments, referees, community and school grant programs, ambassadors, and the list goes on.
If you are new to playing in tournaments, there is a 3-step process to registration.
  1. Become a member of the USAP Association:https://usapickleball.org Be sure to answer questions correctly about your knowledge of pickleball which helps with your rating
  2. Go to PickleballTounaments and create an account. https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=6866  Look for the 2022 Virginia Sportsfest-powered by Legends Saturday 10/8/22 thru Mon 10/10/22
  3. A link will direct you to Legends Sports Leagues where you will need to create an account with Legends.
If you run into any trouble with the process, please email Ron Cortese [email protected], (include a screen-shot) and he will be happy to assist you.
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Open Play

Hellwig Courts Full on Labor Day 2022

Hellwig Courts Full on Labor Day 2022

Great matches with 3.0-4.0 level players. The courts were full – 24 players on the courts and 8 waiting to play. Our Woodbridge Pickleball Club has so many great players having so much fun. Thanks to the Playtime Scheduler app, we had players joining us from outside of Prince William County.

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Shared Articles

Pickleball, anyone?

Pickleball, anyone?

Pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the U.S. according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), with the growth of the sport surging by nearly 40 percent between 2019 and 2021. Between 2018 and 2021, the USA Pickleball Association’s membership nearly doubled, and the organization estimates that 4.8 million Americans now play the sport.

If you’re an avid pickleball player or are looking to join the fun of playing this popular sport, Prince William County Parks, Recreation and Tourism has plenty of court options for you.

In 2020, Prince William County opened eight new dedicated pickleball courts at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo building in Woodbridge. In addition, you can find six dedicated pickleball courts at George Hellwig Memorial Park and six courts at Veterans Memorial Park—four dedicated pickleball courts and two lined over a tennis court with portable nets.

If you’re not familiar with the sport, pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors, as singles or doubles. It is easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. No doubt the game has developed a passionate following due to its friendly, social nature and its multi-generational appeal.

“Fun, fitness and friends” is how Woodbridge Pickleball Club President, Nick Katsarelis, would describe the game. “Pickleball is half social, half physical. It’s a very social, friendly game but it’s also good exercise—a nice, leisurely workout.”

At the A.J. Ferlazzo pickleball courts, which has become a popular place to play since it opened, you can find small groups but also sometimes upwards of 40-50 people rotating in and out to play.

Katsarelis notes that while there’s a mix of each type of player at all of the Prince William County courts, at Veterans Park you can find many social and recreational players; at Hellwig a lot of recreational players; and at A.J. Ferlazzo you can find a mix of both, as well as your more competitive players if that’s what you’re look for. At Hellwig, they host a ladies’ night on Monday evenings at 6 p.m., and a beginner’s night on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at A.J. Ferlazzo.

No matter where you play though, he adds “if you play it twice, you’re going to be addicted.”

If you’re looking to improve your skills or learn the game as a beginner, we’re currently offering one-on-one instruction, either private or semi-private lessons. The summer session ends August 31, but spots are still available. The fall session begins September 5 and runs through December 30. A session consists of four 60-minute lessons for $160.00 or one-hour private lessons for $55.00 per person. All lessons are held outdoors, weather permitting.

To learn more or sign up for the ‘Pickleball Skills, Drills & More” lessons please contact the front desk at Veterans Memorial Park.

Source: www.pwcva.gov/news/pickleball-anyone

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Clinics and Lessons

Interactive Skills & Strategy Clinic with Dave “The Badger” Weinbach

Interactive Skills & Strategy Clinic with Dave “The Badger” Weinbach

Two Hours with “The Badger”, Dave Weinbach

10 Time USA Pickleball National Champion

12 Time US Open Champion

Winner of 152 Gold Medals (Most All Time)

2022 Nominee to the Pickleball Hall of Fame

Dinking, Non-Volley Zone Play, 3rd Shot Drop, 3rd Shot Drive, Blocking, Service / Return, Punch Volley, Transition Zone, Partner Strategy.

OPTION: Play With The Pro for an hour after your session.

Clinic: $115 for Woodbridge Pickleball Club members. $125 for Non-Members

Play with the Pro: $50 (option for up to 4 after their session)

We will be using SignUpGenius for this event. Click here to sign up.

PayPal, Venmo or Checks – Credit cards can be accepted through Paypal as a guest or contact us at via email to arrange payment.

Must pay in advance to secure your spot! 

October 19, 2022  

8:30 am to 10:30 am:  Intermediate (3.0 – 3.5)

10:45 am to 11:45 am:  Play With The Pro

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm:  Intermediate / Advanced (3.5 – 4.5)

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm:  Play With The Pro

Location: Dr A J Ferlazzo Building Courts, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Rain Location: Burke Racket & Swim Club, 6001 Burke Commons Rd, Burke, VA 22015

Sponsored by:

The Woodbridge Pickleball Club

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Competitive Events

2.0-3.0 Round Robin at Veteran’s Park

2.0-3.0 Round Robin at Veteran’s Park

Woodbridge Pickleball Club member Dave Johnson organized a competitive round robin for 2.0-3.0 players at Veteran’s Park. It was a great morning with 8 players signed up! In round robin, you’ll play with every player so that’s 7 games! Thank you for hosting, Dave!