pickleball-2016-10Seven of us in our SIR branch just kicked off our new Pickleball activity at
the new courts at Willow Pass Park in Concord. Despite the “iffy” weather
that morning several brave souls were able to finish up the day’s pickleball
lesson and get in several games on the courts before the rain started.

Our branch’s new pickleball open play takes place every Thursday morning at
the Willow Pass Courts in Concord from 10am – Noon. Any interested SIR
members (and spouses) can attend.

All participants are also encouraged to download the “Meet Up” app on their
smart phones to register for open play and also be able to see who else will
be playing that day.

For the time being paddles and balls are available for use at no cost at the
Willow Pass Pickleball Court’s manager’s office in the park. Court usage is
also free.

Beginner pickleball lesson packages are also available at a reasonable cost
from qualified pickleball instructors.

Come on out and enjoy one of the fastest growing senior sports in the
country today!

Bernie Theobald



More than 100 people, including 13 folks from our Branch, attended the Grand Opening of Concord’s new pickleball courts on Saturday morning, September 19.   The 14 courts are brand new and located at the Willow Pass Athletic Park on Willow Pass Road and Olivera Road. 

Because a pickleball court is much smaller than a tennis court, the game is especially appealing to seniors in a doubles team playing format. 

In addition to the Mayor’s remarks and ribbon cutting, everyone got a chance to cycle thru a series of pickleball demos and focused newbie clinics facilitated by experienced players.  The facilitators included our own Tom and Bonnie Lathrop and a dozen or so other local players and pickleball instructors.  Everyone had a great time and there were plenty of paddles available!

Currently, about 22 people in our branch, including spouses, have expressed interest in learning to play pickleball as our branch’s newest sporting activity. 

Given the result of this growing support and enthusiasm, we are now working with the city’s rec department to host a beginner’s pickleball clinic within the next several weeks.  In addition, as more SIR beginners and experienced players join in we will be arranging a Thursday morning SIR pickleball Open Play time slot.  This will allow everyone to come on out to “meet, greet, and play” one of the fastest growing and addictive games in the country!

Stay tuned for a progress update at our October SIR luncheon.

SIR Bernie T