LHCPBA Etiquette

Basic Courtesy
1. Introduce yourself to your partner and opponents before play starts.
2. Compliment all players on great shots and volleys.
3. Opponents call your shots in or out. You may disagree but it’s their call. Get over it.
4. Tap paddles after each game, say ‘thanks’ or ‘great game,’ keep it positive.
5. Gently toss, roll or lob the ball to the next server so he/she doesn’t have to chase after it.
6. Banter is part of the fun, especially if you know the other players. Be sensitive with unknown players.

1. Does your partner ignore basic strategy, make same mistakes repeatedly, and so on? Suck it up! Remain positive. It’s just a game and it only lasts a few minutes.
2. Want to play a certain style, stacking for instance? Ask your partner if it’s okay. Don’t dictate. Nobody elected you team captain did they?
3. Unsolicited coaching and advice is irritating. Zip it!
4. Tap paddles between serves. It feels good, builds team spirit.

Skill Levels
1. Never tell someone they’re not good enough to play on a particular court or at a particular venue. It’s terrible sportsmanship.
2. Everyone prefers playing at or near their own skill level and getting a good workout but that’s not always doable. See number 4 under Court Usage.
3. Help beginners improve. Ask if they’d like you to coach them when you play together. Tell them about training and strategy info on national and local websites.

Court Usage
1. 4 off/4 on is the standard when all courts are in use and players are waiting.
2. Challenge courts are okay when no one’s waiting. Winners split up and play a second game, losers cycle out. Winners of first game cycle out after game two.
3. Never place you paddle ahead of others already in the queue.
4. Want to play with certain people? Place your paddles together at the end of the queue and have others skip past you until you’re the next foursome.
5. Monitor your paddle in the queue and be ready to play when the time comes.
6. Put your name on your paddle so if you’re distracted, your name can be called when it’s your turn. It’s a smart thing to do anyway, keeps paddles from getting lost or adopted.

Mike Delaney

Pickleball Association hosts inaugural tourney at Dick Samp Park


People from Havasu, Bullhead City and even San Diego gathered to participate in a new athletic tournament.

The Lake Havasu City Pickleball Association hosted its inaugural tournament at Dick Samp Park over the weekend, bringing together a total of 96 players for men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches at the new courts.

“Everything went very smoothly and everyone was very supportive,” said Suzanne Wheeler, tournament director.

The association organized the event as a way to raise money for seating, sunshades and windscreens at the new courts that opened a week before its ribbon cutting ceremony on March 1, during which City Council members were present, said David Rossing, president of the association.

“The courts are absolutely perfect, the surface is so easy to play on; it couldn’t be better,” said Wheeler, a three-year LHCPA member.

The tournament was open to public participation, with costs of $20 for LHCPA members and $25 for non-members.

“It’s part of our fundraising efforts to improve the courts,” said Rossing.

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court during which a ball – similar to a whiffle ball – must bounce once on the floor before a volley is allowed, explained Rossing. The first side to score 11 points and is leading by two points wins the match, and the first to win two of three matches wins, he added.

“It appeals to the older set because we don’t have to run as far and it’s pretty easy to play, but it’s always growing in youth sports as well,” said Rossing, a four-year pickleball athlete.

Anyone interested in becoming a LHCPA member can apply at www.lakehavasupickleball.com.

See the results list by clicking HERE

Winners in the 2017 LHCPBA Tournament

Almost all photos taken by Eric Swiech.

Metal winners are below. You can see the large selection of photo’s by following the links(s) below.

Mens Doubles Images

Womens Doubles Images

Mixed Doubles Images

Friday, March 3, Men’s doubles


Gold – John Hill and Rich Zacharias

Silver – Mark Braatz and Doug Strosnider

Bronze – Gary Cyr and Jerry Moen


Gold – Scott Fanning and Garth Torwalt

Silver – Doug Carr and Eric Swiech

Bronze – Dean Koskela and Bob Gresham


Gold – Tom Morrison and David Alexander

Silver – Charles Essex and Bob Vorhees

Bronze – Mike Christensen and Greg Howard

Saturday, March 4, Women’s doubles


Gold – Linda Daigan and Cindy Dultz

Silver – Debi Hill and Peggy Williams

Bronze – Pat Killoch and Carol Zahourek


Gold – Liz Eiland and Wanda Strosnider

Silver – Karen Bravo and Belinda Carlson

Bronze – Kathy Covert and Cindy Fedie


Gold – Clara Dykema and Karin Sobotta

Silver – Robin Feasel and Polly Grimshaw

Bronze – Linda Brokaw and Shanna Williamson

Sunday, March 5, Mixed doubles


Gold – Debi Hill and John Hill

Silver – Peggy Williams and Richard Zacharias

Bronze – Linda Daigan and John Sinclair


Gold – Wanda Strosnider and Lance Roberts

Silver – Kathy Covert and Greg Howard

Bronze – Clara Dykema and Dean Koskela


Gold – Shanna Williamson and Tom Morrison

Silver – Linda Brokaw and Jack Blankenbaker

Bronze – Karin Sobotta and Mike Christensen

Local Winners in the SW Regional Pball Games!

Bronze – Men’s doubles 4.0 19-59 Michael Christensen with Ted Drake (Tucson)


Silver – Men’s 4.0 singles 60+ Michael Christensen (ribbon should be red-picked wrong one for photo)

Bronze – Mixed doubles 4.0 50-59 Michael Christensen with Linda Brokaw (Linda had to leave early and couldn’t make picture)

4.0 in woman’s doubles bronze
Shanna Williamson and Polly Bruins

4.0 mixed Michael Christensen

Paul Targosz and Larry Apker
4.5 mens silver

New Years Round Robin 2017 Results

Advanced Winners
Gold: Andy Hanlon and Jack Blankenbaker
Silver: Paul Ives and Rich Schildknecht
Bronze: Shanna Williamson and Polly Grimshaw


Intermediate Winners
Gold: Belinda Carlson and Dar Sabey
Silver: Kathy Covert and Kathy Day
Bronze: Clara Dykema and John Coleman

Great games. Great play. Congratulations🍾

Here are links to videos of the individual games:

Courtesy of Coach David Alexander:

Dar & Belinda vs Kathy x 2 Gold Medal Match 1 of 3 plus winners ceremony

Kathy & Clara vs Al & Rose (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament

Frank (83 yrs.) & Paul vs Chase & Red (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament

Kathy & Sandy vs Belinda & Gary (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament

Red & Jack vs Scott & Paul (Day 1) Lake Havasu Pickleball Assoc. Round Robin Tournament


Upcoming Events

Hi Folks,

It is that time of year when we start the election of officers process for our board of director positions:

Positions open this year are Vice President, Secretary, and Member at large.  This is a 2 year term.

Candidates interested in serving on the board must self nominate and indicate your interest in a specific position.  This nomination needs to be sent to Ann Will (rawill@paulbunyon.net) no later than Dec 10, 2016.

Ann and her elections committee will put candidate information together and submit to the board of directors by the 15th of December.  Ann’s committee will conduct the election of officers at the annual meeting which will occur in January of 2017.

Additionally, we have need for new chair-people for the Membership committee and for the Competition/education committee.  If you are interested in serving as one of these chair-people or simply wish to be on one of these two committees, please let me know.

The Membership Committee mission is to organize and process member information.  To review and recommend a dues structure to the board.

The Competition/education Committee mission is to organize both USAPA sanctioned and non-sanctioned competitive events and to organize and develop clinics and training opportunities for both Association members and nonmembers.

Thank you,

David Rossing, President

Local Winners in the Laughlin Senior Pball Games

Congratulations to all of you who went to Laughlin and played in the Senior Games.

It is good to hear about the successes at the Laughlin Senior Games.

Frank Thompson won gold at age 82 playing with the 67+ age group!

Additionally, here are some more finishes:

Men’s 50+   Andy and Larry  GOLD  and Dennis and Scott (from Islander)  BRONZE

Mixed 50+   Shanna and Larry GOLD and Dennis and Linda (from Islander)  BRONZE

Women’s Doubles:   Shanna and Linda   GOLD

Also at the Laughlin Sr Games, Maria Ledemsa and Laurie Engel paired up (they normally play at the Ark) and came home with a bronze for the ladies 60+ category.  Then Laurie and a lady from Kingman, Liz Eiland, teamed up and took the bronze in the Tuesday’s seeded tournament at Laughlin.

What a great result from the Lake Havasu contingent.

Congratulations folks.   We are proud of you!

Thank you Polly B. for providing the update.


Pickleball Done Right

1. Capture the net! This is the most critical strategy (number 2, below is a close second). Join your partner at the NVZ (no volley zone) line after returning serve.
2. Stay beside partner; move forward and back together, side by side.
3. Stay behind baseline until ‘2nd bounce’ shot is hit, then rush to NVZ line.
4. Slow down: placement trumps power. Full power serve returns may not allow adequate time to join partner at NVZ line.
5. R partner returns lobs behind L partner and vice versa; switch sides, holler ‘switch!’
6. Aim for opponents’ feet.
7. Vary serve types but avoid unforced errors.
8. Use lobs to get opponents away from NVZ line.
9. Watch opponents play, note weaknesses and lefties, share info with partner.
10. If both partners are R handed, L partner returns balls hit 8-12” to R of center.
11. Poaching is fine – if you have a good shot and partner isn’t in the way.
12. Identify weakest opponent and hit to him/her.
13. Use dink shots whenever possible.
14. Be patient, play safe, let opponents make the errors.
15. The overall best shot is deep, low and just left of center.
16. Watch opponents’ paddles and bodies to predict speed, spin and direction.
17. Spin returns are tricky: hit slower and allow more net clearance.
18. Practice. Perfect your dinks and lobs, work on weaknesses.
19. When the ball is hit to your partner, your job is watching the lines and informing your partner if the ball appears to be going out (see 4 below).
20. Watch and learn from better players; heed their helpful tips.

1. “Got it!” when either partner could take it but you have better shot.
2. “Yours!” when either partner could take it but partner has better shot.
3. “Switch!” when running back to return a lob behind your partner.
4. “No!” to alert partner that ball appears to be headed out of bounds.

Helpful Links
1. http://www.pro-litesports.com/ Click on Newsletter and Tips.
2. http://usapa.org/. Videos of national tournaments. Click on Training Room in left hand column for good tips and videos.
3. http://www.pickleballcoach.com/forums/. Coaching videos and strategies.

Mike Delaney

Pickleball popularity surges in Lake Havasu City

With winter visitors back, the sport ‘dominates’ local gyms
  • By BRANDON MESSICK Today’s News-Herald
  • Updated

The Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center was packed on Tuesday morning, as cars filled virtually every space of the facility’s parking lot. It wasn’t the swimming pool that brought them, however, but the game of pickleball.

Havasu’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts open gyms throughout the year in the Aquatic Center’s “Relics and Rods” hall, with basketball, table tennis and volleyball as available options. According to recreation supervisor Swan Cooke, pickleball is the most popular activity by far.

About 42 members of the Havasu community, many of whom were retirees, occupied the four courts set up in the Aquatic Center on Tuesday, after rainy weather brought players from outdoor venues such as the Island and The Ark at Stonebridge Christian Fellowship Church.

You can read the entire Havasu News article by clicking HERE.


Vision for LHCPBA

Vision: Playing Pickleball provides the opportunity to participate in a healthful, socially engaging activity for all ages.

Indicators that we are achieving our vision include:

Pickleball participants:

  • Are involved and learning.
  • Are advancing skills
  • Display a sense of camaraderie between players of all skill levels such that each can maximize their opportunities to explore and improve their play.
  • Are assisting lesser skilled players through practice, clinics and other forms of education.

The Association:

  • Is promoting commerce in the area by attracting players from surrounding areas to come and use our facilities and through hosting our own tournament play.
  • Is fostering a cooperative atmosphere between the players and the city governing bodies, both in sharing finances, maintenance and long range planning.
  • Is arranging both indoor and outdoor venues to accommodate the numbers of players, climatic conditions and the needs of individual players.